PLAYER
Eric Ebron
TE #85
Height:
6-4
Weight:
255
Age:
23
College:
North Carolina
Hometown:
Greensboro, NC
Experience:
3
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 72 785 10.9 55 6 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2015 DET 14 8 47 537 11.4 55 5 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 DET 13 7 25 248 9.9 22 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 @SD L 28-33 4 53 13.3 18 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 @MIN L 16-26 5 43 8.6 16 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 DEN L 12-24 4 61 15.3 29 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 @SEA L 10-13 2 22 11 19 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 ARI L 17-42 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 CHI W 37-34 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 MIN L 19-28 5 89 17.8 55 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 @KC L 10-45 3 24 8 14 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 @GB W 18-16 4 28 7 13 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 OAK W 18-13 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 PHI W 45-14 2 28 14 19 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
13 GB L 23-27 2 9 4.5 6 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
14 @STL L 14-21 3 27 9 11 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
15 @NO W 35-27 4 79 19.8 45 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
16 SF W 32-17 4 49 12.3 20 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
17 @CHI W 24-20 5 25 5 8 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

The top tight end in the 2014 NFL Draft after a three-year career at North Carolina, Ebron’s massive frame and fluid movement to get downfield create a versatile, new weapon for the Lions offense. Selected by the Lions with the 10th overall pick, Ebron is one of only four tight ends (Brandon Pettigrew, 2009; Jermaine Gresham, 2010; Tyler Eifert, 2012) to be drafted in the first round since 2009.

MANE FACTS

  • Pronunciation: EE-bron

TRANSACTIONS

  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round (10th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

PRO
The top tight end in the 2014 NFL Draft after a three-year career at North Carolina, Ebron’s massive frame and fluid movement to get downfield create a versatile, new weapon for the Lions offense. Selected by the Lions with the 10th overall pick, Ebron is one of only four tight ends (Brandon Pettigrew, 2009; Jermaine Gresham, 2010; Tyler Eifert, 2012) to be drafted in the first round since 2009.

2015: Progressed in his second NFL season, nearly doubling his rookie numbers by finishing 2015 with 47 receptions for 537 yards (11.4 avg) and five touchdowns. He started eight of the 14 games he played in.

  • Recorded a team-high four catches for 53 yards and one touchdown in Week 1 at San Diego (9/13). His four catches and 53 receiving yards were both then-career highs.
  • Caught a career high five passes on 10 targets for 43 yards and his second touchdown of the 2015 season in Week 2 at Minnesota (9/20).
  • Caught four passes for a career-high 61 yards, including a then-career-long reception of 29 yards in Week 3 vs. Denver (9/27).
  • Hauled in two passes for 22 yards before leaving the game with an injury in Week 4 at Seattle (10/5).
  • Missed Week 5 vs. Arizona (10/11) and Week 6 vs. Chicago (10/18) due to injury.
  • Tallied five receptions for a career-high 89 yards and one touchdown vs. Minnesota in Week 7 (10/25).
  • Recorded three receptions for 24 yards in Week 8 at Kansas City (11/1).
  • Hauled in four passes for 28 yards in Week 10 at Green Bay (11/15).
  • Saw action at tight end and helped block for the running backs, who rushed for 109 total yards in Week 11 vs. Oakland (11/22).
  • Caught two passes for 28 yards in Week 12 vs. Philadelphia (11/26).
  • Hauled in two passes for nine yards and his fourth touchdown of the season in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/3).
  • Recorded three receptions for 27 yards in Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13).
  • Caught four passes for a team-high 79 yards in Week 15 at New Orleans (12/21).
  • In Week 16 vs. San Francisco (12/27), tallied four catches for 49 yards with a long of 20.
  • Started at TE in Week 17 at Chicago (1/3). Had five receptions for 25 yards and one touchdown. Connected with QB Matthew Stafford for a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to solidify the Lions’ 24-20 victory over the Bears.

2014: Learning under veteran TE Brandon Pettigrew, Ebron finished sixth on the team in receptions with 25 and finished his rookie season with 248 yards and one touchdown.

  • Targeted twice and helped block for the Lions offense, which collected 417 net yards, in Week 1 vs. New York Giants (9/8).
  • Hauled in the first three receptions of his career for 38 yards in Week 2 at Carolina (9/14).
  • Caught one pass and helped block for the Lions offense that gained 361 yards of total offense in Week 3 vs. Green Bay (9/21).
  • Matched his then-career-best with three receptions for 34 yards and caught his first-career touchdown pass just before the end of the first half in Week 4 at New York Jets (9/28).
  • Snagged a pair of passes for eight yards in Week 5 vs. Buffalo (10/5).
  • Caught two passes for 23 yards in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12).
  • Inactive in Week 7 vs. New Orleans (10/19) and Week 8 at Atlanta (10/26).
  • Collected a career-high four receptions for 22 yards in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Caught a pair of passes for 24 yards in Week 12 at New England (11/23).
  • Hauled in three passes for 23 yards in Week 13 vs. Chicago (11/27).
  • Caught a trio of passes for 28 yards in Week 14 vs. Tampa Bay (12/7).
  • Collected one reception for 11 yards in Week 15 vs. Minnesota (12/14).
  • Key blocker for the Lions’ ground game, which racked up 138 yards and two touchdowns in Week 16 at Chicago (12/21).
  • Hauled in two receptions for 38 yards in Week 17 at Green Bay (12/28).
  • Caught three receptions for 21 yards in the NFC Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4)

COLLEGE
Ebron played three seasons at North Carolina, where he started in 21-of-34 career games and set school career-records for tight ends with 112 receptions for 1,805 yards (16.1 avg) and eight touchdowns. His 112 receptions eclipsed the previous all-time tight end record of 94 catches by Zack Pianalto (2007-10).

  • His 112 career receptions rank second all-time in Atlantic Coast Conference history. The only ACC tight end to record more receptions in a career is Heath Miller of Virginia (144; 2002-04). Ebron’s 1,805 receiving yards topped Miller’s conference tight end record of 1,703 yards.
  • In 2013, Ebron’s 973 receiving yards set a new ACC record for single-season receiving yards by a tight end, breaking Vernon Davis’ (Maryland) record of 871 in 2005.

2013: Broke the ACC single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end with 895 en route to a First Team All-ACC selection as a junior. Appeared in all 13 games (10 starts) and concluded his final year at North Carolina with career-highs in receptions (62), receiving yards (973), as well as three touchdowns. Earned All-American First Team honors by ESPN.com, adding second team accolades from the Associated Press, USA Today, Walter Camp, Athlon, Sports Illustrated and CBSSports.com. Ebron was also named a finalist for the coveted John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end.

  • Caught 62 of the 96 passes thrown his way (64.6-percent), including 41 first-down grabs, nine third-down conversions and six catches in the red zone.
  • Logged his first 100-yard game of 2013 with a six-catch, 108-yard performance vs. Georgia Tech.
  • Set a UNC game-record for tight ends with 199 yards on eight receptions vs. Miami, which included a then-career-long 71-yard grab. The previous mark was set by Tony Blanchard against Wake Forest (1968).
    • His 199 yards are the sixth-most by any Tar Heel in a game.
  • Finished his collegiate career with seven receptions for 73 yards vs. Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl.

2012: Took over the Tar Heels’ starting tight end duties as a sophomore, starting all 11 games he appeared in. Earned a consensus All-ACC Second Team selection and finished the season with 40 catches for 625 yards (15.6-avg) and a career-high four touchdowns. Among his 40 receptions included 30 first-down grabs and eight third-down conversions.

  • Scored his first touchdown of the year on a six-yard score vs. Wake Forest. Finished the game with four catches for 55 yards.
  • Pulled double duty against North Carolina State, hauling in four catches on 79 yards and filling in due to injuries along the defensive line late in the game.

2011: Appeared in all 10 games as a true freshman, ending the season with 10 catches for 207 yards (20.7 avg). His 10 catches ranked fifth on the team.

  • Recorded his first-career reception on a 27-yard catch in the Tar Heels’ second game of the season vs. Rutgers.
  • Scored his first-career touchdown at Georgia Tech on a 20-yard pass.

PERSONAL
Played his prep ball at Smith (N.C.) High School in Greensboro under head coach Rodney Brewington. Rated as the eighth-best tight end in the nation by ESPNU and ranked 20th among high school tight ends by Scout.com.

  • Voted to the Associated Press North Carolina All-State team as a senior, earning a roster spot on North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team.
  • As a senior, concluded his high school career with 28 receptions for 682 yards and 10 touchdowns. Also played defensive end, where he posted 68 tackles and 13.5 sacks in 2010.
  • Majored in communication studies at North Carolina.
  • Son of Gina Jackson and Eric Ebron Sr.

EBRON'S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • Receptions: 5 (three times) Last at Chi 1/3/15
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 1 (six times) Last at Chi 1/3/15
  • Receiving Yards: 89 vs. Min 10/25/15
  • Long Reception: 55 vs. Min 10/25/15

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