Colts: Eric Ebron Says He Came to Indianapolis to Play with Andrew Luck
The Colts added a weapon to their offense in free agency by signing Eric Ebron. He says he’s pumped to play with Andrew Luck.
The Colts signed former Lions tight end Eric Ebron to a two-year $13 million deal this offseason, but it’s essentially a one-year contract that Indianapolis can get out of next year.
Ebron has shown flashes of talent since being taken 10th overall in the 2014 draft, but he’s never really had the production to match the talent.
His best season came in 2016 where he gained 711 yards receiving, but he only reached the end zone once that season.
Ebron spoke to the media as the Colts opened their offseason program and said he’s excited to see what new head coach Frank Reich has in store for him.
"“He’s very, very strategic and very, very offensive minded which helps people like me in situations of where you want to create the mismatches and you want to do the things that help you evolve and be great,” Ebron told reporters. “That’s what I like with what Frank said.”"
While Ebron loves what he’s heard from Frank Reich, he said the main reason he came to Indianapolis was to catch passes from their franchise quarterback.
"“That was the reason why I came here is because of Andrew Luck – to keep it honest,” said Ebron. “It doesn’t really matter where I played or where I went, I just wanted a quarterback and someone that I knew could get me the ball and pretty much work with me the way that I knew that I needed to be worked with. And I think Andrew Luck was the perfect fit. Doing my research and my time upon him, I just felt like that was the perfect move for me was to come to Indianapolis and be a weapon for him.”"
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Ebron played with a pretty darn good quarterback in Detroit named Matthew Stafford, but they were never really on the same page and the Lions don’t feature the tight ends very much in their offense.
Frank Reich’s offenses have historically targeted tight ends a ton. Zach Ertz and the rest of the Eagles’ tight ends all had career years under Reich last season, and Colts fans can expect him to create mismatches with Ebron and Jack Doyle in a similar fashion in 2018.
Like many Colts fans, Ebron is eager to see Andrew Luck back on the field again. Let’s hope he can come back soon to build some chemistry with his new tight end.
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