Eric Ebron expects breakout with Lions in 2017

Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron said he is "overly excited" about his tweaked 2017 role.

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"It's going to be fun for me," he added. Ebron previously said his 2017 usage will allow him to "do the things that I'm best at," which likely indicates more long plays stretching the field down the middle. Ebron should also be far more involved near the goal, where former wide receiver Anquan Boldin hogged a team-high 22 red-zone targets last season and Ebron drew just six.

Ebron came in ninth in Reception Net Expected Points per target among the 32 tight ends to top 50 targets last season. Our models project him as fantasy's 11th-best tight end this year, with 748 receiving yards and 4.19 touchdowns on 65 receptions.