|ADP:||Round: 11, Pick: 8|
|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 250 lb.|
|Born:||April 10, 1993|
|Drafted:||2014 / Rd. 1 (10)|
Ebron (elbow) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Considering that Ebron advanced to full participation one day after not handling any reps in practice, his absence from Wednesday's session was most likely maintenance-related. With his health seemingly intact, Ebron is on track to serve as Pittsburgh's top tight end Week 8, but his fantasy upside may be somewhat muted due to a matchup with a tough Ravens pass defense.
Ebron did not practice Wednesday due to an elbow injury, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Ebron is coming off a solid game against the Titans, in which he had 50 yards via a season-high six receptions on eight targets. As long as he's able to upgrade to at least limited practice sessions Thursday and Friday, Ebron should have a fair shot at suiting up in Baltimore on Sunday. JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Diontae Johnson (toe) were also held out of Wednesday's session for Pittsburgh.
Ebron recorded six receptions on eight targets for 50 yards in Week 7 against the Titans.
Analysis: Despite the entirety of the Steelers' receiving corps healthy to start the game, Ebron posted his highest reception and target toal in a game this season. He fell just short of his second touchdown of the campaign when he was tackled at the two-yard line on the team's first offensive possession. Despite that disappointment, Ebron has commanded at least five targets in four of six games with Pittsburgh, giving him relatively strong volume for the position. He and the Steelers will take on Baltimore in Week 8.
Ebron brought in two of his four targets for nine yards in Sunday's 38-7 win over Cleveland.
Analysis: Ebron had logged 40-plus receiving yards in each of his previous three contests, with Sunday's effort marking a season-low yardage total for the tight end. Although the Steelers put up 38 points, the team wasn't forced to do much passing during the second half after jumping out to a sizable lead early on. Although he wasn't utilized much against Cleveland, Ebron has played a fairly steady role in the Steelers' offense to begin the season as he's now brought in 16 of his 22 targets for 165 yards and a touchdown through five contests.
Ebron (hand) practiced fully Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Analysis: Ebron is thus good to go Sunday against the Browns. He's logged back-to-back five-catch efforts and should continue to see his share of targets in a solid matchup Sunday against a Cleveland squad that's allowed an average of 296.4 passing yards per game to date.
Ebron (hand) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: This is the first we're hearing of a hand injury for Ebron, who's coming off a five-catch performance. It's possible this is just a maintenance day for the 27-year-old tight end, but you should monitor his practice participation as the week unfolds if you're planning to rely on Ebron's services Sunday against the Browns.
Ebron caught five of his six targets for 43 yards while also losing a fumble in Sunday's 38-29 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Ebron's fumble in the fourth quarter put a slight damper on an otherwise solid performance following the team's Week 4 bye. The 27-year-old has now been targeted at least five times in each of the Steelers' last three contests, while topping 40 yards on each of those occasions. Ebron, who was on the field for 58 of the team's 75 snaps on offense Sunday, should have another favorable matchup against the Browns this coming weekend.
Ebron caught four of six targets for 38 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 28-21 win over the Texans.
Analysis: Ebron finished second on the team in targets and provided one of the highlights of the day with a 10-yard touchdown catch over a defender in the second quarter. He received another look in the red zone and seemed to step up especially after Diontae Johnson (concussion) left the game. Ebron reportedly connected well with Ben Roethlisberger during training camp and will now look to build on his best performance of the young season next Sunday against the Titans.
Ebron caught three of five targets for 43 yards in Sunday's 26-21 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Ebron has emerged as Pittsburgh's top pass-catching tight end, outproducing Vance McDonald the first two games this season. He has a decent matchup against Houston in Week 3 but Ebron's fantasy value appears to be touchdown-dependent.
Ebron caught one pass for 18 yards in the Steelers' 26-16 Week 1 win over the Giants on Monday.
Analysis: After weeks of debate over who would emerge as the number one tight end, neither Ebron nor Vance McDonald were much of a factor all game. Just like McDonald, Ebron was only targeted twice, both coming before halftime. The Steelers have several pass-catching options and Ebron's fantasy value may be touchdown dependent.
Ebron (illness) developed his run-blocking skills during training camp and is expected to be a more well-rounded tight end, Bob Labriola of the Steelers' official site reports.
Analysis: Ebron's biggest knocks are his run-blocking skills and the occasional dropped pass, but head coach Mike Tomlin made a deliberate effort to improve Ebron's blocking against some of Pittsburgh's best defenders. The 27-year-old may still lose some reps to Vance McDonald, but being a more well-rounded player should keep him on the field more and increase his fantasy potential after recording 31 receptions for 375 yards and three touchdowns last season.
Ebron missed Thursday's practice due to an illness, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: After breaking out with 13 touchdowns in 2018, Ebron was hampered by a preseason ankle injury all of last year, which didn't allow him to play beyond Week 12. Overall, he managed a 31-375-3 line on 52 targets in 11 games in his second season with the Colts. With the Steelers, Ebron will have to contend with Vance McDonald for TE reps, once he's available again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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