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Steelers’ Mike Tomlin has two words for Eric Ebron’s doubters

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-0, but tight end Eric Ebron has disappointed fantasy owners with his subpar production so far.

The 27-year-old has just four receptions (seven targets) for 61 total yards in 2020, and hasn’t quite meshed with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Three other Steelers pass-catchers have been targeted more than Ebron, including wide receiver Diontae Johnson (23 targets), who has been Roethlisberger’s security blanket over the middle through two weeks.

But neither Ebron’s head coach, Mike Tomlin, nor his quarterback are concerned about the tight end.

“Keep watching,” Tomlin said, via the Tribune-Review. “That’s all I can say to that. … A two-game body of work is not a big enough sample to assess. We are pleased with the development of Ebron and his role within our system, and time will tell that story as we proceed.”

Roethlisberger is confident that he and his new tight end will gradually develop a connection.

“There’s no reason to panic when it comes to how much ‘E’ is involved or not involved,” Roethlisberger said. “They’ve done a good job of keeping a close eye on him, and, offensively, we haven’t really hit our stride yet…As long as we are winning football games, that is the most important thing.”

Ebron has played 70 percent of the Steelers offensive snaps, while returning tight end Vance McDonald has just two catches for six yards on the season. Roethlisberger expects both players to feature prominently in future game plans.

“Both tight ends we are keeping a close eye on,” Roethlisberger said. “Like I said, we just haven’t really hit our stride offensively yet where we have done a lot of no-huddle … There have been some plays that have been called for those guys that have just been covered. None of us are panicking. We know how special both of our tight ends are. They make the big plays when we need them.”

The Steelers host the Houston Texans at home on Sunday in Week 3.