Lions’ Eric Ebron improving but still has a way to go

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Although Detroit Lions‘ tight end Eric Ebron has showed improvement from last season’s disappointing rookie campaign, he still has further to go before he can fulfill his potential.

Heading into the week 17 match up with Chicago, Ebron has 42 receptions for 512 yards and 4 touchdowns. The former top-ten pick has had less drops this season than last season and his route running is getting better.

This off-season will be a crucial one for Ebron as his fellow teammate and tight end Brandon Pettigrew is recovering from a torn ACL and his future in the Honolulu blue and silver is cloudy. Ebron is happy about his play this season, but is looking to better himself this off-season.

“I’m just happy that I finally got a chance to show that I could make plays,” said Ebron. “That’s really what I’m proud of. I’m just going to keep building, it’s only going to get better. As you can see I got wheels, so hopefully I can display them more.” –freep

For the Lions’ offense to to take the next step, Ebron will need to become a reliable third option behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. There is no doubt that Ebron has the talent and physical attributes to become an elite pass-catching tight end in the NFL, but does he have the mental toughness and focus to validate Detroit taking him at No. 10 in 2014? Only time will tell.