Steelers: 3 major X-Factors for Pittsburgh in 2020

Delanie Walker, Colts, Eric Ebron
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Eric Ebron

The Steelers haven’t made too many big splashes in the offseason in recent years, but could have gotten a steal of the year in Eric Ebron.

Ebron signed a two-year, $12 million deal with Pittsburgh, where we will be paired alongside Vance MacDonald at the tight end position. Ebron is a far more athletic playmaker than MacDonald and will have an opportunity to repeat his fantastic 2018 season with Ben Roethlisbeger coming back for the Steelers.

With Jacoby Brissett quarterbacking the Indianapolis Colts last season, Ebron’s stats regressed from his 2018 campaign, where he and Andrew Luck connected for 66 catches, 750 yards and 13 touchdowns. Ebron was tied for second that year in the touchdown category among all receivers.

Ebron has constantly split time in Indy, as he saw just 56% of all snaps last season competing with Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox. He may still split time with MacDonald, but provides a far more upside when it comes to the passing game.

Ebron proved what he could do with an established quarterback in 2018. The Steelers will hope he can mirror that success with Roethlisberger this year.