With major offensive changes taking place at 56th Street, the Colts are primed to look very different in the 2018 season than they did in 2017. Most noticeably, Andrew Luck, not Jacoby Brissett will be the quarterback under center slinging the football. Assuming of course that all goes to plan.
Of nearly equal significance is the upgrade at the offensive line position. A near complete overhaul has taken place there with the influx of young talent and proven veterans filling out what has the potential to be the best offensive line since the days of Peyton Manning.
While that doesn’t mean they’ll be one of the best in the league, their improved talent pool combined with a quick hitting scheme provided by head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni means they’ll likely be a lot more effective than they have been in the past. That means the opportunity for Luck to get the ball into the hands of his playmakers will be possible without seeing him brutalized every week.
One area that Luck has always done well in, is getting the ball into the hands of his tight ends. Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, and Jack Doyle have all benefited from Luck’s ability to get them the ball. Eric Ebron sees himself as the perfect fit to continue that strength and improve upon it. Additionally, he is a big fan of Reich.
”Me and Frank, we click, man, and he’s done great things with tight ends, as you look at Zach Ertz and his offense last year. He’s done great things, and I think he’s brought me in here to be that ... effective player for him.”
Ebron has struggled with consistency. His potential is obvious to the casual observer. He has the ability to be a game-breaking threat and a danger in the red zone. However, mental mistakes and drops have marred much of his time in the league. But as we have seen time and time again with NFL players, getting connected with the right coaching staff can change a player. What’s more, Ebron is just 25 years old. If the Colts can find a way to unlock his potential, he could be a major weapon for a long time to come.
Ebron believes he can be for the Colts what Reich had in Zach Ertz last season with the Eagles and he is excited to get working with Andrew Luck to prove it.
”When Andrew Luck is healthy, he is one of the most dominant quarterbacks in this league, so I just look forward to playing with him. And whenever he gets healthy, I’ll just tell him, I’m 7-11, man. I’m always open, so just find me.”
If Ebron can provide the kind of threat that Ertz did in Frank Reich’s offense, it will open the door for a more effective rushing attack as well as taking heat off of T.Y. Hilton, who is just one year removed from being the league’s receiving yards leader. That’s not to mention that Jack Doyle will still be there as Luck’s security blanket.
With a slew of young wide receivers behind Hilton who are hoping to prove themselves, having a potent tight end duo can only mean good things for them and for the offense as a whole. All the pieces that are coming together for this Colts team could make it the most entertaining one we’ve had the pleasure of watching in a long time.