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TE Tyler Eifert - Cincinnati Bengals

6-6, 250Born: 9-8-1990College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 1, pick 21

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2016 Week 15 vs PIT (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Eifert played every snap but saw just three targets. Without A.J. Green in the lineup, teams are focusing more defensive attention towards Eifert and forcing the Bengals to try to beat them with LaFell and rookie receivers. Eifert did get a red zone target. He was well covered, but Dalton threw it up high and gave Eifert a chance to go up and get it. He wasn't quite able to pull it in.

2016 Week 14 vs CLE (6 / 5 / 48 / 2 rec)

After his two touchdown performance, Eifert now has 18 touchdowns in his last 20 games. After being extremely limited in his debut, Eifert has played six full games this season and seen eight red zone targets. He's turned those eight red zone targets into five touchdowns. Eifert tied for the team high with six targets. His first touchdown came on the opening drive. He faked a slant over the middle and then cut back outside, leaving the linebacker in his dust and creating easy separation for a 14-yard touchdown catch in the front of the end zone. Later in the first half, Eifert lined up in the slot on 3rd-and-goal from the 5-yard line. He ran a simple slant and awful Browns defense allowed him to come wide open for an easy pitch and catch 5-yard touchdown.

2016 Week 13 vs PHI (2 / 2 / 25 / 1 rec)

Eifert's only targets of the game came in the two-minute drill offense just before halftime. He made a beautiful 13-yard diving catch along the sideline, dragging his second toe to get both feet down. A few plays later, he caught a 12-yard touchdown with just a few seconds left before halftime. He was able to get a free release lined up in the slot and easily won his one-on-one matchup against a Safety with a sharp break towards the corner of the end zone.

2016 Week 12 vs BAL (11 / 5 / 68 / 1 rec)

Eifert was heavily involved in the offense and was able to make some big plays in the second half despite extra attention from the defense. Eifert was targeted in the end zone on what should have been a back shoulder throw from Dalton, but Dalton threw the ball way too far to the inside, allowing the smaller defensive back to easily break up the pass. He came down with a 20-yard gain down the seam as Dalton dropped it in the bucket with three Ravens right in the area. Eifert was able to hold on despite a big helmet-to-helmet hit that drew a flag. On the Bengals long second half scoring drive, Eifert caught a key 25-yard pass over the middle. He finished the drive off with a 3-yard touchdown reception. He was double-covered initially but Dalton scrambled to buy time and Eifert kept himself alive, sprinting along the back of the end zone and eventually came open for the score.

2016 Week 11 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)

Eifert made a pretty catch on a deep ball down the left sideline and was able to hold on despite a big hit. He got up slowly and seemed to be shaken up on the play. He was slow to get up at a couple points throughout the game and may not have been 100%. A bad throw from Dalton to Eifert led to an interception in the final minute before halftime. Eifert found a small hole in the zone but the ball was thrown slightly behind him. Eifert reached back to try to make the one-handed catch and instead knocked the ball up into the air and into a Buffalo defender's hands. Eifert had an end zone target off of play action from the goal line. He gained plenty of separation but Dalton waited a beat too long to throw the ball, which allowed the defender to dive and get a hand out to knock it down in the corner of the end zone. The injury to Green is a mixed bag for Eifert. He is likely to see a couple more targets per game, but will also see extra attention from opposing defenses instead of the mostly single coverage that Green's presence provided. The middle of the field is going to be more crowded without a speed receiver that opposing defenses must respect.

2016 Week 10 vs NYG (5 / 3 / 96 / 0 rec)

Eifert hauled in a 71-yard pass on the game's opening possession. It was from a novelty formation that the Bengals have used about once or twice per game in recent years. They lined up with Dalton alone in the backfield with just three offensive linemen in front of him and Eifert lined up just behind the tackle. The Bengals usually run quick screens out of this formation to the outside receivers, but broke tendencies by taking a deep shot to Eifert who easily ran past the linebacker trying to cover him. He hauled it in over his shoulder and was off to the races, sprinting to inside the Giants ten yard line before he was tackled. Eifert was quiet for most of the remainder of the game. His other big gain came on a broken play when Dalton had to scramble to buy time to eventually find Eifert running wide open as he came across the field to provide a target on the scramble drill.

2016 Week 8 vs WAS (12 / 9 / 102 / 1 rec)

After easing his way back into action in Week 7, Eifert was clearly full go in Week 8 and had a huge game. He was a mismatch problem for the Redskins defense all day, often facing and getting the better of veteran safety Donte Whitner. Eifert hurt Washington regularly on slants when split out in the slot. Effect's 15-yard touchdown catch also came from the slot. He went straight up the seam and two Washington defenders had a split second of confusion and he was able to find a big hole in the zone. Dalton threw it up high and Eifert easily came down with it in the end zone. Eifert drew a pass interference penalty on third down get the Bengals into the red zone early in the fourth quarter. Eifert had a key 22-yard reception on third down on the Bengals go-ahead touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. He ran a nice double move, faking a stick route before cutting up field to create separation up the seam.

2016 Week 7 vs CLE (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

It was reported before the game that Eifert would play roughly 25% of the snaps and he ended up playing exactly that amount. While Eifert was expected to get most of his work in the red zone and on third down, both of his targets came on standard downs. Dalton wasn't able to connect with him deep down the field on a seam route. Eifert picked up nine yards on a first down pass over the middle in the final seconds of the half to set up a hail mary touchdown to A.J. Green. Eifert should see his usage ramped up again next week and then should be full go after the Week 9 bye.

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Bengals | Tyler Eifert unsure of readiness for camp (Mon Apr 17, 10:04 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) said that while his back 'feels great' after offseason surgery, he doesn't know if he'll be ready in time for training camp. 'I don't know,' Eifert stated. 'I'll have to see how I'm feeling and go from there. I've still lost a lot of strength with the nerve issues and all of that stuff. Just working through some of that. Once I get my strength back I'll be fine.'

Our View: The Bengals are going to be careful with Eifert. So long as he's ready for Week 1 of the regular season, that should be the target date for the big tight end. When healthy, he's one of the best in the league.
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Bengals | Tyler Eifert says back feels 'great' (Tue Apr 11, 12:46 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) said that he continues to get better and his back feels great. 'I'll be ready and healthy and strong and be ready to go by the time it's go time,' Eifert stated. 'I'm close.' The 26-year-old added that he doesn't know when he'll be cleared to resume regular workouts, but he did mention he'll be ready for training camp.

Our View: We can't imagine the Bengals rushing Eifert back into action. They'll likely take it easy on him as he continues to get better. By the time training camp rolls around, it sounds like Eifert will be ready for 100 percent participation.
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