Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron had a fairly productive season in 2020, but Pro Football Focus is not very high on him entering this season. PFF has ranked Ebron as the 25th-best tight end heading into 2021.
The outlet initially liked Pittsburgh’s edition of the 28-year-old, but have soured on his fit following a first campaign with the club that was plagued by drops.
“We were fans of the Ebron signing last offseason for Pittsburgh given what he could offer as a receiving threat in that offense,” PFF’s Ben Linsey wrote. “He was coming off five-straight seasons with receiving grades of at least 65.0, but that dropped to 58.4 in the lowest-graded season of Ebron’s career in 2020. He was one of the victims of the Steelers’ unimaginative passing attack last season. His drops (seven) did the unit no favors, though. Ebron’s 40 drops since 2014 are more than any tight end in the league.”
Pittsburgh is banking on Ebron’s production and fit improving in new offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s updated scheme.
Ebron caught 56 passes for 558 yards and five scores a season ago. He averaged just ten yards per reception in Pittsburgh’s short-range, quick passing attack in 2020, which was the lowest of his career since his rookie season.
Notable tight ends ranked ahead of Ebron include Indianapolis’ Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox, Tampa Bay’s O.J. Howard and Seattle’s Gerald Everett. There was no surprise at the top of the rankings, as Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce clocked in at No. 1.