Updates from Saturday, Aug. 9
Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reported on Eric Ebron's status for Saturday's game:
Eric Ebron is active for Lions— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) August 9, 2014
The Detroit Lions are expecting big things out of rookie tight end Eric Ebron, but the 2014 first-round pick is already limited with an injury.
According to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com, Ebron might miss the team's opening preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. Fortunately, head coach Jim Caldwell showed his lack of concern by explaining, "It's nothing serious. He'll be back. Just maybe a day or two."
While it is a good thing that the issue will not keep him out too long, this still is not what the Lions want to see from a player who is expected to make a big impact this season and in the future.
Ebron, who is listed at 6'4" and 265 pounds, has great athleticism with the potential to be a star in the passing game, but he is still very raw. Brad Evans of Yahoo Sports notes that drops have been a problem in training camp:
According to Free Press, Eric Ebron going all Mike Wallace in training camp -- dropping ton of passes. Terribly overrated at TE12 in drafts.— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) July 30, 2014
Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer points out that his inconsistency was more of an issue throughout his college career at North Carolina:
Ebron has always been able to make the 'wow' catches but drop the 'wut?' passes— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) July 30, 2014
Despite his slow start to training camp, Ebron believes he is getting better. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the rookie said, "I’ve already hit my rookie wall. I felt like that last week of the learning process and getting over the curve, that was it for me. Now it’s about staying true to who I am and doing everything that got me here, and better."
The Lions had the No. 3 passing offense in the NFL last season with no one outside of Calvin Johnson really getting too many targets. Tight ends combined for nine total receiving touchdowns as well.
There is certainly an opportunity for Ebron to step into the lineup and be productive once he gets comfortable within the offense. However, missing time due to injury will continue to slow his develop as he looks to get acclimated to life in the NFL.
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