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Heavy Sales Pitch From Colts’ Coaches Drew Eric Ebron To IndianapolisNew Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron said the Colts were the first team to contact him upon his release from the Detroit Lions last week. Now he’s excited to get the opportunity to match up with the likes of Jack Doyle and Andrew Luck in head coach Frank Reich’s offense.
2018 NFL Draft: How free agency signings, trades have altered plans of all 32 teams – Chris Trapasso
Old Plan: Get a wide receiver, or four
New Plan: Get Joe Flacco help of some kind
On paper, the Ravens kinda/sorta addressed their need at wide receiver, although the addition of John Brown doesn’t alleviate the team’s issues at that position. Ryan Grant’s failed physical doesn’t exactly help either; then again, the initial contract he signed with Baltimore was one of the biggest head-scratchers early in free agency. Even with Michael Crabtree added, the wideout position should be addressed somewhat early in the draft, yet it’s more justifiable for Baltimore to lean offensive line in the first round. The re-signings of James Hurst and Matt Skura don’t change anything on that front.
The first week of free agency is nearly over and the Ravens have signed several players to show for it. Some position groups have changed drastically since last week, and I will now grade them accordingly.
The Ravens have quarterback Joe Flacco for the 2018 season, but backup Ryan Mallet is no longer under contract, leaving Josh Woodrum as the only other quarterback on the roster. Woodrum has never played in an NFL game, outside of the preseason, and doesn’t seem ready for the role of the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart. Baltimore needs to find a new backup and possible heir to Flacco.
Running back: B
Alex Collins emerged as the potential running back of the future for Baltimore in 2017. Kenneth Dixon will return from a knee injury to join Collins and Javorius Allen in the backfield for the 2018 season.
The Indianapolis Colts recently signed former Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron to a 2-year contract. Ebron gets a fresh start in an offense, and with a quarterback which will feature the tight end quite a bit.
Jack Doyle and Darrell Daniels will be designated more as the in-line blockers in the group, while Ebron, potentially Erik Swoope as well as Ross Travis appear to be set to become the big targets as quality receiving options. Now, obviously, Ebron won’t be asked to commit a heavy dose of his time as a blocking option, but he is able to step in occasionally and offers the ability for Frank Reich to move him around in various positions in order to create mismatches.
The Lions offense won’t much resemble that of which the Colts are putting together this season, so we won’t dive deep into the scheme specifically.