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Eric Ebron

Eric Ebron

Tight End #85
ADP:Round: 13, Pick: 12
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 250 lb.
College:North Carolina
Age:27
Born:April 10, 1993
Drafted:2014 / Rd. 1 (10)
Draft Team:DET

Eric Ebron: Passes physical, proclaims health

Ebron (ankle) announced via his official Twitter account on Thursday that he has passed his physical.

Analysis: Ebron stated early April that he was still in recovery mode after undergoing procedures on both ankles, but he's now managed to officially pass his physical and resume running and cutting without pain. The 27-year-old was limited by his injury during the 11 games he suited up for with the Colts last season, after having previously broken out with a 13-score campaign in 2018. Now evidently healthy enough to participate in on-field drills whenever the Steelers ultimately reconvene for offseason activities, Ebron will look to build chemistry with veteran signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger, who has a history of utilizing the tight end position while leading Pittsburgh's aerial attack.

May 14, 2020 3:35 PM EST

Eric Ebron: Still in recovery mode

Ebron said he's not yet recovered from surgery on his ankle, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "If the season started today, I don't think I'd be able to 100 percent perform," Ebron added Thursday.

Analysis: Ebron initially injured his ankle Aug. 4 but played through the pain until Week 12, after which he was shut down for the rest of the campaign. After breaking out for 13 touchdowns in his first year with the Colts in 2018, the aforementioned injury, among other things, contributed to him managing just three TDs last season. Since undergoing an initial procedure in early December, Ebron more recently had his ankle examined and "cleaned out" by a doctor in Houston. While he hasn't been looked at by the Steelers' medical staff, he's slated to be healthy once the team reconvenes for activities, whenever that may be.

April 2, 2020 12:21 PM EST

Eric Ebron: Joins Pittsburgh TE corps

Ebron will sign a two-year, $12 million deal with the Steelers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Ebron is bouncing back from procedures in both of his ankles, but evidently the Steelers are comfortable with the way he's progressing and have added another pass-catching weapon for QB Ben Roethlisberger. When healthy, Ebron can be a useful red-zone option, as evidenced by the the fact the he scored 17 touchdowns in 27 games over the last two seasons he spent with the Colts.

March 20, 2020 10:22 AM EST

Eric Ebron: Unlikely to re-sign with Colts

General manager Chris Ballard doesn't expect Ebron (ankle) to re-sign with the Colts for 2020, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports. "We'll probably move on," Ballard said Thursday.

Analysis: Ebron scored 17 touchdowns in 27 games throughout a two-year, $13 million contract with Indianapolis, but he caught just 59.9 percent of his targets, in part due to 14 drops. His impressive athleticism ensures he'll draw interest from multiple teams as an unrestricted free agent, though the extent of that interest will partially depend on his recovery from Dec. 4 surgeries on both ankles. The tight end was one of the youngest players in the 2014 draft, so he'll be 27 years old in 2020 for his seventh pro campaign.

January 2, 2020 7:56 AM EST

Eric Ebron: Satisfied with surgery

Ebron confirmed via his personal Twitter account that he underwent successful surgery Wednesday on both of his ankles.

Analysis: Ebron's season officially ended when the Colts placed him on injured reserve Nov. 25, and though he should be back to full strength by the time the 2020 campaign kicks off, it's not clear if he'll be wearing an Indianapolis uniform. The 26-year-old will become a free agent again this spring with his two-year, $13 million contract expiring.

December 5, 2019 9:02 AM EST

Eric Ebron: Move to IR confirmed

The Colts officially placed Ebron (ankles) on injured reserve Monday.

Analysis: Reports surfaced earlier Monday that Ebron would requiring season-ending surgery on both ankles, so the move to IR is merely a formality. With Ebron out of the picture, Jack Doyle is the clear No. 1 tight end for the Colts moving forward, while Mo Alie-Cox should be in store for more work in two-tight-end sets. The Colts also added another body at the position in a corresponding move, signing free agent Ross Travis to provide additional depth.

November 25, 2019 9:37 AM EST

Eric Ebron: Needs season-ending surgery

Ebron will be placed on injured reserve, as he's scheduled to have surgery on both of his ankles, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Ebron was listed on the injury report for Week 9 and showed up again Week 12, but he hasn't missed any games this season. His absence for the rest of the year should free up more targets for Jack Doyle, while Ebron's snaps (29.6 per game) likely will be divided between some combination of Doyle, Mo Alie-Cox and the Colts' wide receivers. Ebron finishes 2019 with a 31-375-3 receiving line on 52 targets, averaging 4.7 targets and 38.5 yards over 11 games.

November 25, 2019 5:52 AM EST

Eric Ebron: Paces pass catchers in Week 12 loss

Ebron (ankle) secured four of five targets for 44 yards in the Colts' 20-17 loss to the Texans on Thursday.

Analysis: Ebron paced the Colts' pass-catching corps in both receptions and receiving yardage, but on a night when Jacoby Brissett threw for just 129 yards, that didn't exactly equate to impressive numbers. The veteran tight end has no fewer than four catches in three straight games, his most productive multi-game stretch of the campaign. Ebron will look to continue his surge versus the Titans in a Week 13 divisional matchup, a week from Sunday.

November 21, 2019 9:19 PM EST

Eric Ebron: Suiting up Week 12

Ebron (ankle) is listed as active for Thursday night's road game against the Texans.

Analysis: Ebron is out there if you need him this week, but it's unclear how close to 100 percent he'll be after being listed as a DNP both Monday and Tuesday. In a timeshare with Jack Doyle, Ebron has been a hit-or-miss fantasy option of late and hasn't found the end zone since Week 7, when he hit pay dirt against Houston in a home tilt, en route to logging a 4-70-1 stat line.

November 21, 2019 3:54 PM EST

Eric Ebron: Draws questionable tag

Ebron (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Thursday's contest against the Texans.

Analysis: Ebron was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's estimated practice after missing the week's first two sessions. The 26-year-old tight end is trending in the right direction for Thursday Night Football, but he can't be considered a guaranteed lock to suit up. Jack Doyle would stand to handle an increased workload if Ebron were forced to miss any time.

November 20, 2019 11:20 AM EST

Eric Ebron: Labeled non-participant in practice

Ebron (ankle) was listed as a non-participant Tuesday on the Colts' estimated practice report.

Analysis: Due to the short turnaround for the Thursday night game against the Texans, the Colts held a walk-through session Tuesday rather than a traditional practice. With Ebron now garnering a "DNP" designation on the Colts' first two practice reports of Week 12, there's some reason to fear an absence Thursday. Wednesday's practice report will reveal whether or not Ebron carries an injury tag into the matchup with Houston.

November 19, 2019 1:17 PM EST

Eric Ebron: Tending to ankle injury

Ebron was listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated practice report due to an ankle issue.

Analysis: Ebron previously appeared on the injury report in Week 9 with an ankle issue, but there weren't any reports immediately coming out of Sunday's 33-13 win over the Jaguars that he suffered an aggravation during the contest. He played 43 percent of the offensive snaps in the victory, hauling in all four of his targets for 27 yards. The Colts should provide more information regarding Ebron's health heading into a Thursday night matchup with the Texans based on what he's able to do in practices Tuesday and Wednesday.

November 18, 2019 1:15 PM EST

Eric Ebron: Has four receptions Sunday

Ebron had four receptions for 27 yards on four targets in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: A week after getting 12 targets, but making just five receptions, Ebron saw his involvement in the passing game dialed back a bit. He played on just 43% of the offense's snaps (27 of 66), down from 61% the week before. It looks like he's back to his usual role where he gets four to five targets per game with a steady red zone presence.

November 18, 2019 12:28 PM EST

Eric Ebron: Shakes off illness

Ebron (illness) was a full participant in Friday's practice.

Analysis: Ebron was held out of Thursday's practice after feeling under the weather, but he won't carry a designation into the weekend after returning to work Friday. Though his health seemingly isn't a concern, Ebron's fantasy utility has taken a major hit following his breakout 2018 with fellow tight ends Jack Doyle and Mo-Alie Cox continuing to hold meaningful roles in coach Frank Reich's weekly game plans. Ebron has played less than 40 percent of the snaps in back-to-back games and has topped out at five targets across his five appearances this season.

October 18, 2019 1:25 PM EST

Eric Ebron: Under the weather

Ebron (illness) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: We'll revisit the tight end's status Friday, but he has a couple more days to recover in time for Sunday's game against the Texans, so for now we'll operate under the assumption that his Week 7 status is not in danger. With Jack Doyle also in the mix, Ebron's volume hasn't been steady, which has led to him recording a modest 9/136/2 stat line through five contests.

October 17, 2019 1:10 PM EST

Eric Ebron: Picks up just eight yards

Ebron caught one of four targets for eight yards during Sunday's 19-13 win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: Ebron has now been held to a single catch in three of five contests this season and, while he's scored twice, he has yet to top 50 yards receiving in a game -- something he did seven times to go along with 13 touchdowns in 2018. The Colts are a more balanced operation with Jacoby Brissett under center and were downright run-heavy Sunday against Kansas City, so expectations should be tempered. The passing game should offer a few more opportunities in Week 7 against the Texans, an opponent that features a strong run defense, but has been exposed in the passing game.

October 8, 2019 4:13 PM EST

Eric Ebron: Reels in TD despite three drops

Ebron had one reception for a 48-yard touchdown on five targets in Sunday's loss against Oakland.

Analysis: Ebron struggled most of the game as he had three drops, according to Pro Football Focus. He also played on just 27 of the offense's 77 snaps, compared to Jack Doyle playing on 56 snaps. Ebron could have a larger red zone role if T.Y. Hilton remains out with a quad injury, but it doesn't look like he'll necessarily get more snaps or targets as the Colts distributed Hilton's playing time evenly across the receiving corps.

September 30, 2019 1:23 PM EST

Eric Ebron: Gets downfield in win

Ebron brought in three of four targets for 47 yards in the Colts' 27-24 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: Ebron showed off his downfield chops with a 30-yard reception, his longest on the young season. The 26-year-old tight end has logged a relatively modest 11 targets through three games, and he's only been able to flash his red-zone prowess on one occasion, finding the end zone in Week 2. Nevertheless, Ebron's past success in this offense and Jacoby Brissett's considerably improved play early this season offers reason for optimism than even more productive days are ahead. Ebron will look to build on Sunday's numbers in a fantasy-friendly matchup against the Raiders in Week 4.

September 22, 2019 2:36 PM EST

Eric Ebron: Records opening drive TD

Ebron caught three of four targets for an output of 25 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 19-17 win against the Titans.

Analysis: Ebron hauled in a three-yard, opening-drive touchdown pass from Jacoby Brissett, providing the 26-year-old with his first receiving score of 2019 after accounting for 13 last year, the third most ever for a Super Bowl Era tight end. His touchdown dependence is becoming more and more apparent, as Ebron has averaged fewer than 30 receptions and 30 receiving yards per game over his past seven regular-season and playoff appearances. Week 3 brings a matchup against an Atlanta defense that deploys former Pro Bowler Deion Jones -- the best coverage linebacker in the NFL during the 2017 season, according to Pro Football Focus.

September 15, 2019 4:36 PM EST

Eric Ebron: Just one reception Sunday

Ebron had one reception for eight yards on three targets in Sunday's loss to the Chargers. He was targeted once in the red zone, but couldn't hold on to a potential touchdown catch in the end zone.

Analysis: Ebron appeared to catch a touchdown and the Colts challenged the play, but replay showed he wasn't controlling the ball before rolling out of bounds. Neither Jack Doyle (two targets) nor Ebron played a big part in the Indy passing game, but at least Ebron was targeted in the end zone. Doyle played more snaps on offense (43) thand Ebron (25) which continues a pattern when both were on the field last year. However, Ebron still looks like a primary red zone target.

September 9, 2019 11:27 AM EST

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