The Pittsburgh Steelers made a splash with the signing of former Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron in free agency. It appears he already has an idea of the type of role he will be filling for his new team.
The Steelers were in desperate need of some more firepower on offense this offseason. Ebron is optimistic that he will be able to serve as a safety net underneath for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the passing game, via Teresa Varley of the team’s website:
“I hope to be that safety blanket, that go-to, that loved tight end that everybody wants … That is all you hear. That Ben loves his tight end. It’s going to be pretty cool to see what we can do together. I have been texting him asking him as many questions as I can as early as I can. I want to pick his brain. If I can be his best friend and we can think the same, good things happen. That is really all I am trying to do.”
There is certainly good reason for Ebron to be hopeful considering Roethlisberger’s affinity for utilizing his tight ends. It is safe to say that his skill set as a pass-catching tight end will make him an ideal fit to help spark a potential resurgence on offense in the 2020 NFL season.
Ebron is coming off an underwhelming year from a production standpoint. However, his modest numbers (31 receptions on 52 targets, for 375 yards and three scores) could be attributed to a lack of usage. Meanwhile, the Steelers have had to make do with the weapons at their disposal that did not feature very much depth at tight end. Etching out a role as Roethlisberger’s go-to option could be just what Ebron needs to get back on track.