Jun 10, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) during mini camp at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Ebron: Detroit Lions ‘killing me’ by learning multiple roles

The Detroit Lions are counting on Eric Ebron to be a big-play threat as a rookie, which is what you’d expect out of a top-10 pick, but the former North Carolina Tar Heels tight end is struggling with so much on his plate in the NFL.

Ebron is a versatile receiver who has the ability and skills to line up all over the field for the Lions and the coaches are throwing the playbook at the No. 10 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to see how much and how quickly he can pick up a multitude of roles.

“I’ve been everywhere and that is what’s killing me,” the rookie tight end told the Ross Tucker Football Podcast. “I’m used to either learning the Y or learning the A, which we had at North Carolina. But now it’s the Y, the F, the Z.”

The 6-4, 250-pounder won’t have to do it all with Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Ryan Broyles, Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria able to help carry the load for the first tight end taken in the recent draft, but it’s also important to note that it may not be the best idea to have Ebron learn three positions before he can learn one.

Plenty of time exists for Ebron to master his versatile role in the Lions offense, and he should be just fine with a crash course during training camp and the preseason, but we should expect to see Ebron go through some growing pains as he attempts to master the Y, F and Z positions and improves as a blocker, which is the area he needs to work on the most.

“Oh I’m going to block some people,” he said. “Coach keeps telling me, ‘Look, here we’re receiving tight ends, but we are going to be good at everything, we’re going to block some people. I was like, ‘Coach, I ain’t got no problem with it … I’ll tear somebody’s head off, but if I get my head torn off I’m comin’ back to you, because you put me in that situation.’”

The Lions already boasted a high-powered offense before adding Ebron, so if he can produce like he and the coaches expect, the Lions may be able to overcome some of their defensive shortcomings and contend for a playoff spot in the NFC.


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  • Chris Wyman

    He’s gonna suck and so are the Lions. I predict a win in week 9 but they’ll lose their first 8 games and finish 1-15

    • Michael Lepird

      what a troll… go to vegas with that bet… i wanna know how much you lose.

      • Chris Wyman

        Dude, the Lions have averaged 4 wins since 2008 that also is their 50 year average as well. Call it trolling all you want but the fact is this team isn’t any good and none of the coaches they hired are any good also. So, yeah I’ll take that bet to the bank. And Eric Ebron is a fail.

        • Herman Moore

          And you’re a moron. The guy has yet to play a game, and he’s a failure? Get a life, and stop annoying real fans of this team. If you don’t like the Lions, go root for another team. You’d make a great Bears fan. Dude.

        • twelsh36446

          That dude stuff went out in the early 80s troll

          • Chris Wyman

            ohh yeah? you think you’re cooler than me now? lmao ur an_idiot.

  • Herman Moore

    This is to be expected. The NFL game is much more complex on both sides of the ball, so he’s having to learn to read what the D is doing at the same time he’s digesting a new and much thicker playbook. I think he’s going to be a playmaker and a tough matchup for opposing defenders.

  • nobody really

    He better have these roles down…. we’re probably going to need him to learn how to play special teams and maybe return some kicks too… he’s got the size to play a little LB too