Allen Park — Eric Ebron answered questions about his impressive training camp display for the first time Monday.
But, after the team-employed writer asked Ebron two questions, the second-year tight end ran off.
“Ain’t talking to nobody else,” he said.
A week into training camp, Ebron has looked like the big, athletic mismatch the Lions expected when they drafted him 10th overall in 2014. Coach Jim Caldwell and general manager Martin Mayhew are among the people who have praised him for being more mature entering his second season.
Yet, it appears that part of Ebron’s growth will include limited media access as he focuses on proving his naysayers wrong after a pedestrian rookie season.
Fortunately for the Lions, Ebron is talking to quarterback Matthew Stafford, and during the minute-long interview, he said their improved communication has helped him showcase his talents more in 2015.
“We both understand now the same thing,” Ebron said. “We both speak the same language, so that’s how it works for us. Nowadays, it’s just like what Coach said, ‘Be the quarterback’s best friend.’
“So, just let him know I’m here for him, continue making plays for him and that’s it.”
Ebron has shown improved route running thus far in 2015 and should be a threat on all levels of the field. He still looks a bit uncomfortable with some catches, but he’s reduced his drops in practice significantly compared to his rookie season.
Asked about his improved rapport with Stafford, Ebron joked that the personalized Air Jordan shoes he gave the quarterback and his wife for their wedding helped. And Ebron thinks he can be the safety valve many quarterbacks seek in a tight end.
“I can be whatever he needs me to be,” Ebron said. “As long as he’s throwing the ball and I’m catching it, we’ll always be happy.”