Colts’ Reich: TE Ebron is ‘highly intelligent’

Tight end Eric Ebron, shown in this Sept. 11, 2016 file photo, has impressed Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich.Photo Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Tight end Eric Ebron is drawing rave reviews from head coach Frank Reich after the Indianapolis Colts wrapped up their offseason workouts.

“He’s really smart,” Reich said of Ebron, via the Indianapolis Star. “I knew that because we did our homework before he got here. We knew he was a smart player. But he’s like really a highly intelligent football player. And that’s really good because you want to use a guy with the versatility that he has and move him around and call all kinds of things with him. That helps. And he’s an explosive athlete.”

Ebron signed a two-year contract in March to join the Colts after spending the last four seasons with the Detroit Lions, racking up 186 catches for 2,070 yards and 11 touchdowns. The 25-year-old had 53 receptions last season after recording a career-best 61 in 2016.

Released by the Lions in a cost-savings move, Ebron is excited by the prospect of playing in Reich’s tight-end friendly offense alongside Jack Doyle, who had 80 catches in 2017.

Ebron was selected by the Lions in the first round (10th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of North Carolina.