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Ebron wants to 'join the party' on offense

Posted Oct 28, 2016

After returning to practice this week, tight end Eric Ebron wants to join the party on offense.

Tight end Eric Ebron wants to rejoin the party on offense for the Lions.

After sitting out the last three weeks due to ankle and knee injuries, Ebron was a full participant in practice Thursday, and looks like he could potentially play Sunday in Houston.

“It’s just going to continue to open it up even more,” Ebron said of Detroit's offense if and when he and running back Theo Riddick, who also practiced in full Thursday, are able to return.

“Just continue to expand and open our playbook and give (Stafford) more options to excel. (Stafford’s) been playing fantastic. We all knew it. We all knew he had it. Me and Theo just have to come back and join the party.”

The Lions' offense has averaged 25 points per game over this current three-game winning streak, and Stafford has eight touchdowns and no interceptions over that stretch.

Ebron said sitting out is always difficult, but the fact that the offense has played at a high level and is scoring points, despite missing key starters like himself and Riddick, has made the last three weeks watching from the sideline a lot more bearable.

“It doesn’t make you feel pressure to come back when your team's winning,” Ebron said. “It allows you the opportunity to come into a good environment. Everyone is happy. Then you’re able to come back and contribute to that.

“It’s a great feeling when you’re able to have wins and then you’re able to get guys healthy and you’re able to get more options and more people involved. It’s crazy.”

Ebron was playing very well through the team’s first four games. He was averaging just under five receptions per game for 53 yards over the first month of the season.

“He’s been a productive player in this league, been a productive tight end especially in the pass game," Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said of Ebron this week. "He’s a guy that we’ve targeted before on a lot of things, and if he’s available, I’m sure he’ll make his way out there.

"Try to get the ball to him like we do everybody else. But, we’re going to look at who we’ve got active on gameday and go try to win a game. If he’s up, he’s going to be a part of that, if he’s not, he’s not.

"Ebron is a guy that’s had some success in this league, and I think he’s going to have more whenever we get him back. We’ll look forward to it.”

Right now, Stafford and this offense are playing with a ton of confidence. When Ebron and Riddick are added back into the mix, the offense has the potential to be a pretty tough unit to handle in the passing game for opposing defenses.