Why Is Eric Ebron Smiling With The Colts?


Why Is Eric Ebron Smiling With The Colts?

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Why Is Eric Ebron Smiling With The Colts?

Through six weeks, Colts tight end Eric Ebron is tied for the NFL lead in touchdown receptions. Why has Ebron been so effective?

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INDIANAPOLIS – Remember that sell job Frank Reich gave Eric Ebron back in March?

Well, it’s turned into a career start to Ebron’s 5th season in the NFL.

Ebron has 6 touchdowns through the first six weeks of the season, with 30 receptions for 326 yards.

It all goes back to the pitch that Reich had for Ebron on this fit with the Colts.

“Frank Reich did a damn good job,” Ebron said earlier this offseason. “He knows how to sell you.

“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. That’s what I’m looking forward to. I feel like that’s going to be the game changer. I feel like that’s going to be the difference maker. So I just look forward to being a difference maker.”

Seeing Ebron find the end zone at this rate---he’s tied for the league lead with 6 touchdown receptions---was something he never achieved with the Lions.

In 56 career games with Detroit, Ebron scored just 11 touchdowns.

It’s taken 6 games with the Colts for Ebron to already have more than half of that number.

“Statistically, this is the best year (I’ve had),” Ebron says, “So that in itself speaks volumes, not only for myself but for the work we are putting in, me, Andrew (Luck), this unit, the scheme of the coaches. It’s been great for me.”

The selling from Reich and the presence of a healthy Luck were the reasons that Ebron decided to try and reach his potential with the Colts.

When Reich started working with Ebron this year, the ‘explosive’ athletic ability stood out. But the intelligence was also something that really resonated with the head coach.

“He’s really smart,” Reich said of Ebron. “I knew that because we did our homework before we got him here and heard he was a smart football player. But he’s a really highly intelligent football player and that’s really good because when you want to use a guy with the versatility that he has and you can move him around and call all kinds of different things with him that helps.”

Given the state of the Colts’ skill group in 2018, they’ve really needed Ebron’s production.

It’s not often you see a free agent pitch plans go according to plan, but this one has for the 25-year-old tight end.

“He’s playing the role that we envisioned him playing,” Reich said of Ebron. “And we are happy with that.

“Like everybody else, he needs to improve further. I expect bigger things. He’s a really talented guy and so we need to keep utilizing him as much as we can.”

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