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Eric Ebron: Lions will use me like Saints use Jimmy Graham


New Lions tight end Eric Ebron thinks he’s going to be the new Jimmy Graham.

Asked how he thinks he’ll be used in Detroit, Ebron noted that Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi spent the last five years in New Orleans, five years in which Graham developed into the best receiving tight end in the NFL.

The same way Jimmy Graham was [used] when [Lombardi] was coaching Jimmy Graham,” Ebron said.

Although the 6-foot-4 Ebron isn’t quite the matchup nightmare that the 6-foot-7 Graham is, Ebron is a dangerous receiver with the speed to catch deep balls and the strength to go over the middle.

“They are not exactly the same players but they are both very athletic guys,” Lombardi said of Ebron and Graham. “Jimmy has a little bit more length while Eric has a little more quickness. There are some things that we did with Jimmy in New Orleans that we will be able to do with Eric and maybe some things we can do with Eric that we didn’t do with Jimmy.”

If Ebron plays like Graham, Lions fans will be very happy.