By: Will Burchfield
Eric Ebron watches Darren Fells step up for the Lions, and thinks of what might be.
“I advised him,” Ebron stated, “as soon as I get to satisfy your degree of play proper now, we’ll be actually good. I really feel like I’ve let my place group down, greater than something. Fells has picked up my slack and I commend him on it.”
The Lions’ greatest tight finish by means of 5 video games hasn’t been their first-spherical draft decide in 2014. It’s been the man they signed within the offseason for his blocking capability. As a lot has Fells has stunned, so has Ebron disenchanted.
However the Lions are sustaining religion in Ebron, Fells particularly.
“He tells me on a regular basis, ‘Hey, you’re who you’re, bro. You’re actually good at what you do,” Ebron stated. “That’s my man. He retains confidence and we simply go from there.”
At this, Ebron smiled and rubbed his arms collectively, like he had a trick up his sleeve.
“I look ahead to this week, enjoying at a excessive degree with him and hopefully dominating,” he stated.
Ebron, 24, might use an enormous recreation in New Orleans. He hit his skilled nadir final week, dropping two passes — together with a possible landing — and getting booed mercilessly by the hometown crowd in a loss to the Panthers. What’s lengthy been a strained relationship between Ebron and Lions followers appeared to succeed in its breaking level.
“Boo me all you need,” he stated afterward, which solely fueled the hearth.
However Ebron didn’t intend for his message to be incendiary. He wasn’t making an attempt to retaliate.
In truth, he understands the place the followers are coming from.
“Like I stated, you guys can boo me all you need. I take it as motivation. You guys aren’t booing me as a result of I’m an terrible participant or shouldn’t be, you guys are booing me since you anticipate extra from me. And I anticipate extra from myself,” Ebron stated. “So I take it with a grain of salt and go on the market and simply progress and proceed, man. That’s it.”
Exit there’s precisely what Ebron did within the wake of his poor efficiency, making a public look on Tuesday in promotion of a online game. It’d be pure to cover amid the criticism — and there’s a great deal of it, justifiably so — however Ebron’s properly of self-confidence isn’t simply depleted.
Truly, he believes he was fairly shut to assembling a standout recreation on Sunday.
“There’s no level in hiding as a result of on the finish of the day, if I don’t drop the 2 passes, I had a incredible recreation so far as blocking and doing all the things…