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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.