As we speak, Tom Brady is favored to re-sign with the New England Patriots but that is obviously a situation that is very fluid. But if Brady does stay in New England, you can bet he will demand the team get him some more weapons on the offensive side of the ball.
One player who could help the cause is former Detroit Lions tight end, Eric Ebron.
Ebron will be one of the top free-agent tight ends available and according to a report from Evan Lazar, the Patriots are expected to make a run at him.
According to a team source, the Patriots are expected to make a run at former Colts and Lions tight end Eric Ebron when the legal tampering window opens on March 16.
Ebron is a year removed from a Pro Bowl season in which he caught 13 touchdown passes from Andrew Luck; give this guy a good quarterback, and he will produce.
Ebron isn’t known for his blocking, although his Colts tape the last two seasons wasn’t a complete waste of time in that regard. He can execute kick-outs and down blocks, but we shouldn’t expect him to be a focal point of the rushing attack.
Ebron shines as a pass-catcher, where he’s got some serious burst and vertical speed for a tight end. Ebron is too fast for most linebackers and is dangerous running the seam. Even in the red zone, he can separate over the top due to his sudden acceleration of the line.
He also can body defenders and box out in the end zone. On the play above, the defensive backs tried a quick-jam, and Ebron was ready for him, using that momentum against the defender to win with body positioning and high-point the back-shoulder throw.
At only 27 years old, Ebron has plenty of good football ahead of him, and he has posted a 69.0-plus receiving grade in each of the last four seasons.
Nation, if Ebron does sign with the Patriots, do you think it would be a good fit?
–Excerpt via Evan Lazar, CLNS Media Network– LINK