Eric Ebron

Eric Ebron

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 86%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 10.9%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 1.9
Durability: question mark 5

Medium Risk

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Eric Ebron Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

-Ebron’s 2019 (with the Colts) ended with season-ending ankle surgery after 11 games. He was cleared in time for training camp.

-Pittsburgh signed him to a 2-year, $12 million deal last year.

-He missed 1 half of a game with a back injury. He sat out Week 17 on the COVID-19 list.

-Ebron ranked 8th among TEs in targets but 15th in yards. 9 TEs exceeded his 56 catches; 12 matched or exceeded his 6 scores.

-He benefited from Pittsburgh’s pass-heavy approach. The team finished 2nd in pass rate; 1st in pass attempts.

-Ebron saw 21.1% of Pittsburgh’s red zone targets — 2nd on the team behind JuJu Smith-Schuster (22.4%).

-He finished a ho hum 15th in PPR points, though. He topped 50 yards only 4 times, while he never posted more than 16.2 PPR points in a given week.

-Ben Roethlisberger rebounded from an injury-shortened 2019 but wasn’t consistent, instead looking like a QB with declining arm strength/ability.

-Big Ben and the nucleus of this offense returns for another go-around. Round 1 pick Najee Harris likely brings this unit’s pass volume way down.

-Pittsburgh used a Round 2 pick on Pat Freiermuth (6’5, 251). He’s a potential red zone weapon right out of the gate.

-With fewer opportunities upcoming, Ebron’s issues with drops become more critical. He’s posted a double-digit drop rate in 6 of 7 NFL seasons.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

Ebron capitalized on high volume to finish as the TE15 last season. He simply wasn’t much of a playmaker, and his 10.0 YPC and 2 missed tackles forced provide confirmation.

With a backup TE on the roster to push him — Pat Freiermuth — and Pittsburgh’s pass volume set for a major dip, Ebron quickly fades to the bottom of TE2 range.

Eric Ebron Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Nov 25, 2019 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 The veteran tight end first popped up on the Colts' injury report with ankle injuries during Week 9. The Colts later officially placed Ebron on IR. He missed the remainder of the season
Jul 30, 2017 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 HC Jim Caldwell called it a "tweak." The TE missed most of training camp.
Oct 2, 2016 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1
Oct 2, 2016 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Ebron missed 3 games.
Aug 6, 2016 NFL Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Ebron returned for Week 1.
Oct 5, 2015 NFL Knee MCL Pull Grade 1
Oct 5, 2015 NFL Knee Bruise Ebron missed 2 games.
Oct 15, 2014 NFL Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2 Ebron pulled his hamstring and missed 3 games.