REPORT: Eric Ebron set to visit Panthers on Friday


Former Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron is set to visit with the Carolina Panthers.

The Carolina Panthers will have a newly-released tight end in for a visit soon. Eric Ebron will visit with the Carolina Panthers on Friday per ESPN NFL reporter Dianna Russini.

Formerly a member of the Detroit Lions, Ebron was a key piece of their offense for many years. Drafted No. 10 by the Lions in 2014, Ebron’s best season yardage-wise came in 2016. That year, he caught 61 passes for 711 yards and a touchdown.

Last season, Ebron caught 53 passes for 574 yards and four touchdowns. The four touchdowns were a career-high for him.

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This is an interesting development given the fact that the Carolina Panthers have not signed Ed Dickson yet. I understand that part of the free agent process is meeting with players to see if they could be a potential fit. Given the fact that Dickson’s status is still up in the air, this visit is something worth keeping an eye on.

At 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, Ebron is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Particularly in the red zone,  he is a very viable target. In the past, catching the football has been a problem for him as frequent drops plagued him early in his career. However, in the past couple seasons, this is something he has gotten better at minimizing.

If the Panthers want to move on from Dickson, Ebron would not be a bad replacement at all. At 24, he could be a long-term option too. If Greg Olsen were to retire within the next couple of years, Ebron would be a prime candidate to take over the starting spot. Whatever direction the Panthers choose to go with this signing, it sets them up nicely at the position and at the very least, it adds depth.

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Free agency has been wild, and the Carolina Panthers have been in the mix of things.  Now it remains to be seen if this visit will turn into something more.