LIONS INSIDER

Eric Ebron knows the pressure is on to produce

Posted Jul 22, 2014

There's pressure on Eric Ebron to produce right away as a rookie after the Lions used the 10th overall pick to get him, but Ebron says it's no greater pressure than he's putting on himself.

As a first-round draft pick and the 10th overall selection in May’s draft, the Lions are counting on tight end Eric Ebron to make an immediate impact as a rookie.

There’s a certain amount of pressure that comes with being a first-round pick, but no more than Ebron is putting on himself heading into the start of training camp.

“You got picked first, come on, you’re supposed to help,” Ebron said Tuesday as he reported for training camp with the rest of the Lions' rookie class. “That’s really the only thing that weighs above my head.

“My goals are just to help us succeed. Everyone has their own individual goals but my personal goal is to not let Michigan down. You got picked first. You’re here. It’s about us in this facility (who) grind and go out there in this heat and work to be something great.”

Eric EbronTE Eric Ebron (Photo: Gavin Smith)

Ebron is a weapon the Lions haven’t had from the tight end position in some time. He not only can play tight end, but also both receiver spots, and he gives them a big-play threat that will force mismatches.

Ebron said he’s here to work and training camp is about perfecting his craft so he can live up to the high expectations being placed on him both internally and externally.

“It’s about being a team player,” he said. “Being here for guys and the team and just trying to help us succeed."

He said his goals for training camp are simple.

“Just be able to pick up every little thing," he said. "We went through OTAs and that’s more about making mistakes and learning. (Training camp) is about making less mistakes and basically being a perfectionist. That’s really what I’m going to try and do, try to be great at everything I’m doing. Time is short.”

Time is short for these rookies. The first-year players will be be joined by the veterans on Sunday and the first preseason game is just 18 days away.