Lions' additions at TE should help Ebron succeed
- With the additions of more traditional inline tight ends Michael Roberts via the draft and Darren Fells via free agency, Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron could be primed for more success while playing less inline, where he has struggled.
- In Arizona, Fells played 82 percent of his snaps lined up inline. Of those snaps, 69 percent were spent as a blocker (48 percent run block, 21 pass block). Fells’ 73.0 pass-blocking grade ranked third among eligible TEs.
- At Toledo, Roberts lined up inline on 49 percent of snaps and in the backfield on 18, where he was mostly used as a run blocker. His 6-foot-4, 270-pound frame suggests he is an ideal fit as a traditional inline TE in the NFL.
- Ebron has improved each year as a receiver, and in 2016 earned the 19th-best receiving grade among TEs at 72.3. His run-blocking grade of 29.6 ranked dead last. He also had a career high in yards per route run at 1.54 including the 12th-highest yards per route run from slot at 1.61.
- In 2016 Ebron played 68 percent of snaps inline, 24 from the slot, and 8 wide.