Ebron not just all talk for Steelers’ offensive set

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eric Ebron never stops talking. Ever. In the huddle. In the locker room. On the field. On social media.

The Pittsburgh Steelers tight end’s inner monologue is broadcast live for all the world to hear, a non-stop barrage of one-liners and verbal mic drops that targets everyone from head coach Mike Tomlin to an opposing defender.

So much for staying quiet and trying to fit in while joining a veteran team. That’s just not Ebron’s way.

“I’m going to be me regardless,” Ebron said Friday. “Honestly, being me you either like it or you hate it. And coming here, Mike Tomlin and all the coaches, honestly probably didn’t understand what they were getting in a player, but they all fell in love with it.”

Maybe because Ebron is hardly all talk. Brought in as a free agent in the offseason to give Ben Roethlisberger another red-zone target, the 27-year-old with the soft hands and outsized personality picked up his first touchdown in a victory over Houston on Sept. 27. The leaping 10-yard grab in the end zone on a play in which he lined up wide and then outjumped Texans defensive back A.J. Moore is exactly why the Steelers signed him to a two-year, $12-million contract.

Still, Ebron bristles — in as friendly a way as possible — ever so slightly when asked if that’s the role he envisioned on filling when he arrived.

” As much as y’all ask what my role is, my role is to come here and win, point blank, period,” Ebron said. “If I go out wide (or not) … shoot I’ll go in the backfield and take a handoff. I’ve got two rushing touchdowns you know. It just doesn’t matter. I want to win.”


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