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Lions tight end Eric Ebron loves to prove doubters wrong, aims to be Vernon Davis-type player

  • Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron runs after a catch during NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron runs after a catch during NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) and cornerback Cassius Vaughn walk off the field after an NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) and cornerback Cassius Vaughn walk off the field after an NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) and Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson talk during an NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) and Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson talk during an NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron says he has taken some criticism on Twitter about dropping passes.

He says it serves as motivation.

He displayed flashes of promise Monday at practice, quickly running routes and leaping to make catches. The rookie also proved he has a lot to learn, cutting in when he should've stayed out and lining up improperly at least once.

When the Lions drafted Ebron at No. 10 overall in May, some wondered why they put another tight end on the roster.

Ebron, though, has already showed he is athletic enough to line up as a slot receiver. He also may be used in some three-tight end formations with Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria.

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