Analyzing the Detroit Lions Current Depth Chart

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Tight Ends

Dec 7, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) is tackled during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Ebron

The most unreasonably disliked rookie in Lions history. Ebron from the start was either a smart pick or a horrible pick depending on what kind of fan you are. Ebron should be coming into a productive year next season that will most likely change minds. There will still be some fans that will stick with the dislike and those are the ones that think every tight end should be Jimmy Graham day one.

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  • Brandon Pettigrew

    Part of the reason Ebron is disliked is because shortly before he was drafted the Lions re-signed Brandon Pettigrew and the thought was “why do we need another tight end?” It goes back to the misunderstanding of what a tight end is. A tight end is not just another receiving threat, he also another offensive lineman. Pettigrew tends to be more of the latter. Especially this past season when Pettigrew was only targeted 15 times. It was reported recently that Pettigrew”s role could open back up. But I wouldn’t expect much.

    Joseph Fauria

    What a drop off for the former UCLA Bruin. Fauria was expected to have a larger role after a pretty decent rookie year. Fauria finished the year with 6 receptions for 74 yards, 1 touchdown and Joel Zumaya like injury. I would expect Fauria to come back healthy next year and be a contributor in the red zone. But not much more. Watch out for that dang dog.