By Anthony Knox
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Eric Ebron was carted off the field on Saturday with what is being described as an Achilles injury. Reports coming out of Detroit say the injury is not as bad as first thought, but there is no update on when he will be back on the field.
This injury is bigger than just how it impacts Eric Ebron; it will also impact the entire Detroit Lions offense.
Calvin Johnson made the decision to retire at the end of last season, which was a huge blow to the Detroit Lions. Matthew Stafford and Johnson played five full seasons together, and those seasons, their average stats were:
Calvin Johnson had anywhere from a fourth to a third of the production for the Lions passing game in the last five seasons. There are a lot of targets, yards and touchdowns up for grabs this season. Eric Ebron should be the guy that gets the biggest bump in 2016 if he is able to play.
Calvin Johnson is 6’ 5” and 236 pounds. Eric Ebron is 6’ 4” and 255 pounds. Anyone that is that tall and has some weight behind them can be dominant, especially with scoring touchdowns in the red zone. All six of Ebron’s career touchdowns have come in the red zone, and most of Calvin’s touchdowns have come in the same area. It’s safe to assume Matthew Stafford likes to throw to big guys in the red zone!
Let me make something completely clear; Eric Ebron will not have Calvin Johnson like numbers in 2016 (or ever). I do believe that Ebron has a career season if he is healthy for 16 games, but he will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 receptions on 100 targets for 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns. That would give him about 13 points per game in a PPR league and 9 points in a standard scoring league.
Keep an eye on Eric Ebron this offseason. His health is something I will be watching closely!