Lions: Eric Ebron Has Good First Day of Mini-Camp


If the Detroit Lions are to avoid a letdown after an 11-win season and a playoff berth a season ago, Eric Ebron is a player that will need to perform at a higher level than he did a season ago.

His rookie season was largely a disappointment, although some fans have been too quick to use the “bust” label when it comes to the tenth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. A disappointing sophomore season and that label will have some validity.

Fortunately, Ebron made the most of his offseason, putting in the work to return to the team in better shape than when he left them after last season.

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Lions head coach Jim Caldwell noted Ebron’s improvement earlier in OTAs despite some inconsistencies catching the football.

May 27, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) during OTA at Detroit Lions Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Ebron showed better hands in day one of the team’s mini-camp today, drawing recognition from his head coach. Caldwell had this to say about Ebron in his media availability after practice:

"Yeah, today was a good day for him. Just like I tell him, he’s got to be able to stack them on top of one another. That’s the mark of a quality player. He has certainly that capability and he’s working hard at it. Had a good day today and I told him, ‘Let’s see if we can have another good one tomorrow.’ That’s the key."

And it wasn’t just coachspeak to give some public support for a struggling player. ESPN’s Michael Rothstein reports that Ebron caught every pass that was thrown his way in the open portion of practice that Rothstein was able to observe.

Drops were a problem for Ebron as a rookie, as they were during much of his college career. It might be too much to expect Ebron to become one of the NFL’s most sure-handed pass catchers, but reducing the number of drops means more opportunities for Ebron to flash the talent that made him a top ten pick.

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