The expectations are much higher for Eric Ebron heading into year two, obviously. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he went into last season expecting somewhere around 30 receptions for Ebron, knowing how hard the adjustment to the NFL is for young players at that position.
It’s safe to say Mayhew is expecting a whole lot more in 2015. I’d put the floor at 50-plus receptions, 500-plus yards and five-plus touchdowns. If he hits those marks he’ll be the legitimate third receiving option behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
Ebron turned 3.8 targets into 1.9 catches for 19 yards and 0.08 TD as a rookie. He played half the snaps, so his lack of production is somewhat alarming. Tight end is a tough position to learn as a rookie, so there is some reason for optimism given Ebron's skill set. Twentyman's projection would be good enough for the #12 spot in our rankings in PPR formats. He did list Ebron as the 4th most impressive offensive player in camp, so it sounds like he's making strides in his second season.