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07/29/14 - TE Eric Ebron had a couple more drops Tuesday. Ebron has said the playbook is difficult, and despite the drops, he's starting to feel more comfortable. "That's all I've got to work on is keep it cool," he said. "Now that I've got an understanding of the playbook, now it's about running routes, catching the ball and precision."
05/12/14 - Lions have a plan for No. 10 overall pick Ebron..."We needed good players," Mayhew said. "It was a go-anywhere draft for us. But our defense was right in the middle of the pack - 15th in points allowed. Our offense was 13th in points scored. I think there was a perception that there was a huge gap between offense and defense. I don't think there was a big gap. This is a guy who will help us win games." Ebron was asked what he felt he does best on the field and how his presence will impact Calvin Johnson. "I'm different," he said. "I bring a different style of play and I demand a little bit of attention when I'm on the field. That's what I do best. I just play with heart, passion and everything I can do to help my team, and that's something no one can take away from me. "We'll give other teams hell, I hope. Enough hell so that we win the game." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Lions have a plan for No. 10 overall pick Ebron...Caldwell said Ebron would also create matchup issues for strong safeties, as well as open the field up for receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. "Defenses only have so many resources to commit to your weapons," Lombardi said. The Lions spent considerable time with Ebron in the pre-draft process. Besides the combine, Senior Bowl and the visit to Allen Park, tight ends coach Ron Prince also spent a couple of days with him in North Carolina. "We got to know him throughout the draft process to be a man of great quality, a hardworking guy who enjoys playing the game -- he has great passion for the game," Caldwell said. "I am sure you will find him to be a fun-loving guy who has a great desire to excel in terms of football.
"He is a tremendous physical talent obviously. He is a guy who can run for his size, the matchups will be a bit unusual in that sense. Without question we anticipate that he is going to be a guy that comes and contributes early for us." Mayhew made it clear throughout the draft process that he wasn't going to reach to fill a need with the 10th pick, that he was going to let his board determine the pick. Ebron, he said, was far and away the best player on the board. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Lions have a plan for No. 10 overall pick Ebron...Ebron, who broke Vernon Davis' ACC pass receiving records, didn't hesitate when he was asked how he expected to be used by the Lions. "The same way Jimmy Graham was when (Lombardi) was coaching Jimmy Graham," he said. But when he was asked to compare himself to Graham, Ebron backed off. "I don't have no similarities to Jimmy Graham, I don't think," he said. "He's a different type of tight end than I am, a very possessive tight end. He's a great tight end, but I don't really think I have many similarities to Jimmy Graham. "Now that I'm in the NFL I believe I don't try to imitate anybody. I try to be my own person."
Lombardi summed it up like this: "They are not exactly the same (Ebron and Graham) but they are both athletic guys," he said. "Jimmy's got more length and Eric maybe has more quickness. Some things we did with Jimmy in New Orleans, we will do with Eric and there may be some things we do with Eric that we didn't do with Jimmy." Lombardi and head coach Jim Caldwell both talked about having Ebron and returning starter Brandon Pettigrew on the field at the same time. Joseph Fauria will continue to be used in red-zone situations. "It creates difficulties, especially a guy like Eric who is well over 240 pounds that can run extremely well," Caldwell said. "What it does is force the defense to make a determination on how you want to play him. Brandon is on one side and he is on the other; how are you going to treat him? Are you going to treat him like a tight end and leave a linebacker in the game which creates a mismatch in terms of the passing game? Or are you going to put in a smaller defender which also creates some problems in terms of him being able to leverage that particular player from a blocking standpoint and running in that direction would give us some advantages." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Lions have a plan for No. 10 overall pick Ebron...The initial reaction to the Detroit Lions selection of tight end Eric Ebron from North Carolina with the 10th overall pick was - huh? They passed on an offensive lineman like Taylor Lewan? They passed on two of the top cornerbacks who were still on the board - Darqueze Dennard and Corey Fuller? They passed on defensive tackle Aaron Donald? They passed on receiver Odell Beckham Jr.? For a tight end? But it was an easy call, as general manager Martin Mayhew explained. Ebron was the highest-rated player left on the Lions board and he fits a very specific role within new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's offense.
"He's a very special offensive weapon," Mayhew said. "He fits us because he can do some of the things coach (Lombardi) did with Jimmy Graham in New Orleans." Lombardi and Mayhew were quick to say they weren't comparing Ebron, who is 6-foot-4, 250 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, to Graham. But his ability to stretch the field vertically from the tight end or slot positions potentially creates the same kind of matchup issues that the All-Pro Graham does. "He's an impact player," Mayhew said. "He's a difference-maker. This guy is a playmaker. He's a matchup nightmare. He gives us something down field. He's a route-runner. This guy can get down field and make big plays for us. We expect a big impact from him." - The Sports Xchange