Eric Ebron

Pittsburgh Steelers
Tight End #85
Pittsburgh Steelers
Tight End #85
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Faces increased competition

Ebron faces increased competition for targets this season after the Steelers selected Pat Freiermuth with the 55th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Ed Bouchette of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ebron hauled in 31 passes for 375 yards during his final season with the Colts in 2019, his lowest marks since his rookie year in 2014. However, he established himself as the primary tight end in Pittsburgh last season and hauled in 56 of his 91 targets for 558 yards and five touchdowns. The Steelers selected Freiermuth in the second round of the draft after Vance McDonald retired in January. Ebron will likely handle most of the pass-catching duties while Freiermuth serves as the No. 2 tight end to begin the 2021 campaign, but the rookie could compete for targets if Ebron gets off to a slow start this season.

May 2, 2021 9:21 PM EST

Tests positive for COVID-19

Ebron tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Ebron previously sat out the Steelers' Week 17 loss to the Browns following his placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which came after he was deemed a close contact of an infected person. He cleared all health-related protocols ahead of last weekend's loss to Cleveland in the wild-card round, turning in a productive outing with seven receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. Though the Steelers' season has now come to an end, Ebron's positive test resulted in the team shutting down its facility. Ebron will have to complete a quarantine period before he's allowed to resume working out with the team, but assuming he experiences no complications in his recovery, he should be ready to go by the end of the month.

Jan 15, 2021 9:59 AM EST

Off the COVID list

Ebron has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Ebron landed on the list back on Jan. 2 and sat out the Steelers' regular-season finale against the Browns. In 15 games this past season, the tight end recorded 56 catches (on 91 targets) for 558 yards and five TDs. Now that he's been activated, Ebron should be able to resume his normal role in the offense in Sunday night's playoff opener against Cleveland.

Jan 7, 2021 9:24 AM EST

Shifts to COVID-19 list, out Sunday

Ebron was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Ebron either tested positive for the virus or came into close contact with someone who did. The 27-year-old won't be available for the season finale against the Browns, and his absence leaves Vance McDonald and Kevin Rader -- a practice squad elevation -- as the team's only tight ends in Week 17. As long as Ebron didn't test positive for the virus, he may be available for the first round of the postseason.

Jan 2, 2021 12:55 PM EST

Scores fifth touchdown vs. Colts

Ebron (back) caught five of seven targets for 47 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 28-24 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Ebron returned from a minor back injury and showed no ill effects as he finished third on the team in targets and fourth in receiving yardage. He scored his fifth touchdown of the season on a five-yard grab in the fourth quarter, giving his fantasy managers a useful final stat line. Ebron should be a full go for next Sunday's regular-season finale against the Browns and will look to add to his solid numbers in an inviting matchup.

Dec 27, 2020 2:58 PM EST

Turns in full practice

Ebron (back) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Ebron needed to be carted to the locker room in Monday's loss to the Bengals after exiting the contest with a back injury, but he's seemingly made a rapid recovery. After sitting out Wednesday's session, Ebron took every rep Thursday, putting himself on track to suit up Sunday against the Colts. Look for Ebron to step back in as the Steelers' top tight end, a role that has translated to 51 receptions for 511 yards and four touchdowns over his 14 appearances on the season.

Dec 24, 2020 11:47 AM EST

Starts week as DNP

Ebron (back) did not practice Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Ebron reportedly avoided a serious injury during Monday's loss to the Bengals, but it does look like his availability for Week 16 could be in jeopardy. He'll almost certainly need to resume practicing in some capacity for any chance of suiting up versus Indianapolis on Sunday. Vance McDonald could handle an every-down role if Ebron is forced to miss time, considering that Zach Gentry (knee) is already on IR.

Dec 23, 2020 2:12 PM EST

Avoids major injury

Ebron didn't suffer any structural or organ damage after he was removed from Monday's 27-17 loss to the Bengals following a hard hit to his back/side area, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Ebron played 10 offensive snaps and failed to corral his lone target, which came in the second quarter when he was sandwiched by two defenders as he waited for the ball to arrive. The tight end was in obvious pain as he left the field and headed to the locker room, but follow-up scans have seemingly revealed nothing too concerning. That said, Ebron could have a tough time making it back to action on a short week, with the Steelers set to face the Colts on Sunday. Per Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site, head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Ebron is still being evaluated, making his status one to monitor as the weekend approaches.

Dec 22, 2020 10:03 AM EST

Ruled out for remainder of contest

Ebron (back) has been ruled out for remainder of Monday's contest against the Bengals, Burt Lauten of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Ebron was carted to the locker room during the first half of the game after suffering an apparent back injury. Now that Ebron and Derek Watt (concussion) are officially out, look for Vance McDonald to shoulder the load, as he is the only active tight end or fullback left on the roster.

Dec 21, 2020 7:09 PM EST

Suffers back injury

Ebron is considered questionable to return after suffering a back injury in Monday's game against the Bengals, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Ebron had to be carted back to the locker room, so any chance of a return is seemingly optimistic at the moment. He was unable to record any receptions prior to exiting. While he is sidelined, look for Vance McDonald to replace him at tight end.

Dec 21, 2020 6:31 PM EST

Limited role against Buffalo

Ebron secured two of his five targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 26-15 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Ebron had been targeted 11 times in each of the past two games, but he was less involved against Buffalo. He wasn't targeted in the red zone for just the third time all season, and he was on the field for a season-low 38 offensive snaps. Ebron faces another favorable matchup against Cincinnati in Week 15, but it's unclear whether his role will pick back up since he's been one of several Steelers to struggle with drops recently.

Dec 14, 2020 1:55 PM EST

Targeted 11 times versus Washington

Ebron hauled in seven of his 11 targets for 68 yards in Monday's 23-17 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Ebron has now garnered 11 targets in each of the last two weeks, but he struggled with open-field drops once again in Monday's loss. Although he's struggled with holding onto the ball recently, Ebron has still received a significant target share, even with Vance McDonald active once again. The 2014 first-rounder should have a more favorable matchup against Buffalo in Week 14.

Dec 8, 2020 9:58 AM EST

Commands 11 targets against Ravens

Ebron recorded seven receptions on 11 targets for 54 yards in Week 12 against the Ravens.

Analysis: Ebron recorded his first double-digit target contest since Week 10 of the 2019 season. The result wasn't particularly spectacular as he was targeted largely in short areas of the field. While he accounted for Ben Roethlisberger's longest completion on a contested back shoulder throw that went for 27 yards early in the second quarter, Ebron also recorded four receptions of five or fewer yards. The Steelers continue to remain particularly pass-heavy in their offensive approach, meaning Ebron could continue to see plenty of targets in Week 13 against Washington.

Dec 2, 2020 5:07 PM EST

Snares TD in convincing win

Ebron caught four of seven targets for 36 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-3 win against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Ebron helped Pittsburgh shut the door in the fourth quarter, as his 20-yard TD reception with 6:40 to go extended the Steelers' lead to 24 points. The 27-year-old continues to be a TD-dependent fantasy asset, devoid of a single performance this season with more than 50 receiving yards. Four scores, including three the past four weeks, buoy Ebron's value heading into a matchup against divisional rival Baltimore on Thanksgiving night.

Nov 22, 2020 6:03 PM EST

Logs 38 yards in win

Ebron hauled in two of his six targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 26-10 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Ebron failed to reach the end zone in Sunday's blowout win after scoring in each of the past two weeks, but his target share remained consistent against Cincinnati. The 27-year-old was only able to bring in two of his targets, but he made the most of his chances as he averaged 19.0 yards per catch. Ebron will have another favorable matchup against the Jaguars in Week 11.

Nov 16, 2020 10:06 AM EST

Finds end zone again

Ebron caught three of six targets for 22 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-19 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: The tight end scored the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter in spectacular fashion, hurdling a would-be tackler just before the goal line on his way to his third TD of the year. Ebron continues to get steady volume, seeing at least four targets and catching multiple passes in every game since Week 2, and he's poised for a big performance in Week 10 against a Bengals defense that had given up the most receiving yards in the league to TEs coming into this week.

Nov 8, 2020 8:26 PM EST

Productive against Ravens

Ebron hauled in five of his six targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Ebron was on the field for 87 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps against the tough Ravens defense Sunday, and he remained heavily involved in the passing game for a second straight week. The 27-year-old has nearly matched his reception total from last season with the Colts, and he's now topped 40 yards in five of the first seven games of 2020. After seeing four targets in the red zone last week, Ebron wasn't targeted inside the 20-yard line against Baltimore, but he still managed to find the end zone early in the second half. He'll face the middling Cowboys defense on the road in Week 9.

Nov 2, 2020 11:07 AM EST

Back to work Thursday

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.

Oct 29, 2020 1:14 PM EST

Can't practice Wednesday

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.

Oct 28, 2020 1:11 PM EST

Season-best six catches

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.

Oct 25, 2020 6:42 PM EST

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