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Tate expecting a huge camp/preseason from Ebron

Posted Jul 31, 2015

Lions coaches may have big expectations for tight end Eric Ebron, but so do his teammates, especially wide receiver Golden Tate.

Golden Tate has been a big fan of the way second-year tight end Eric Ebron has performed in the Lions' offense this offseason.

Back in June at the Lions’ mandatory minicamp, Tate said he couldn’t wait to “show Ebron off” this season.

Eric EbronTE Eric Ebron (Photo: Detroit Lions)

Lions coaches have big expectations for Ebron, but so do his teammates, especially Tate.

“He’s had a really good offseason,” Tate said of Ebron while taking a break from his football camp at Rochester Adams High Thursday to talk to reporters. “Coming in to OTAs he did really well and I’m expecting him to keep building on that.”

The Lions are expecting Ebron to be part of a three-headed receiving threat alongside Calvin Johnson and Tate. Ebron caught 25 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown last season. The expectation is for the catches and yards to at least double and for there to be a significant rise in the touchdown receptions as well.

“We have a lot of confidence in (Ebron) and we’re trusting him to come in and open it up for other guys,” Tate said. “We expect nothing but that and we’re expecting a big year from him.

“He’s shown flashes of being a very dynamic player for us and we just want him to blossom into his own player and help us.”

Ebron came into the offseason in much better shape than he did a year ago and has looked faster and more explosive. Ebron says he’s playing with a lot more confidence.

“I’m a lot more comfortable in the offense,” Ebron said. “I’m a lot more comfortable with the quarterback, a lot more comfortable with my teammates. It shows. It plays out in practice.”

The Lions are hoping it plays out through training camp, the preseason and into the regular season.