TE Tyler Eifert - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-6, 250||Born: 9-8-1990||College: Notre Dame||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2013|
2019 Week 1 vs SEA (5 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)
As expected, Eifert was far from an every down player, logging just 49% of the snaps. Despite the situational usage, he still managed to finish third on the team in both targets and receptions. When Eifert is on the field, he will be one of Dalton's favorite options and should be able to see at least a handful of targets most weeks even in the part-time role. The majority of Eifert's snaps came on passing downs and he was usually on the field for third downs and in the red zone. Eifert made his cut too shallow and came up a yard short of the sticks on 3rd-and-5. He lined up out wide to grab a 7-yard reception on a key 3rd-and-4, establishing inside position against the safety and holding on through contact. Eifert also made a sweet hands catch for a 5-yard gain on 3rd-and-3 to keep the chains moving. There weren't any big plays but it was a positive debut for Eifert, who looked as healthy as he has been in years.
2019 Week 2 vs SF (5 / 3 / 9 / 1 rec)
Eifert was targeted on 5 of his 19 snaps. We are seeing that when he is on the field, he is going to be one of Dalton's first reads. Eifert caught a one-yard touchdown, leaking out into the flat after a play action fake and making the easy catch. His other two receptions were both short in the flat and he wasn't able to make anything happen running after the catch. Eifert probably would have played a bit more but there was no reason to risk an injury to him in the fourth quarter with the Bengals trailing by 30+. Most of rookie Drew Sample's 19 snaps came in relief of Eifert in garbage time.
2019 Week 3 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Coming into Week 3, Eifert had played a total of 57 snaps and been targeted 10 times. When on the field, he has been one of Dalton's go-to options. Against the Bills, he played 29 snaps but was targeted just twice (only once officially). He had a pass thrown short in his direction on a play where the Bengals were flagged for an illegal formation. Eifert's catch came from a two-TE set just inside the red zone. He made a leaping grab in moderate traffic just shy of the goal line for an 18-yard pickup.
2019 Week 4 vs PIT (5 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Eifert was on the field for 67% of Dalton's drop backs and was clearly one of the guys Cincinnati wanted to get the ball too. He was open on a fade route in the end zone but couldn't quite haul in a well thrown pass from Dalton. It would have been a moderately high level of difficulty but was the type of ball Eifert usually has been able to come down with throughout his career. His biggest gain of the day came on a diving 13-yard grab over the middle.
2019 Week 5 vs ARI (4 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Surprisingly, Eifert played a season-low 18 snaps in this game but he was a big part of the game plan in the third quarter, getting five targets. He was open in the end zone for what should have been a 5-yard touchdown but wasn't on the same page with Dalton, who threw the ball behind him. If Dalton would have led him, it would have been an easy score. He made a pair of short catches and drew a pass interference penalty on another short target.
2019 Week 6 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Both of Eifert's targets came on key 3rd-and-mediums. He was able to convert both into first downs. It was surprising he didn't get more looks considering how beat up the Bengals are at wide receiver.
2019 Week 7 vs JAX (2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
The Bengals very rarely used two tight end sets, so Eifert played just 47% of the snaps. He wasn't targeted until midway through the fourth quarter. He caught a couple short passes. Unlike past seasons, Eifert's being used almost exclusively on short routes and there aren't any attempts to use his speed to stretch the seam.
2019 Week 8 vs LAR (9 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)
Eifert's season-high in snaps prior to this game was 38. He played 60 snaps against the Rams. The increased usage led to season highs in targets, catches, and receiving yards. Eifert was able to win consistently against single coverage. He made a season-long 27-yard gab over the middle on a post route. He lowered his shoulder to pick up a few extra yards at the end of the play. It is fair to wonder if the Bengals featured Eifert just to try to pump up his trade value before the deadline. He is rumored to be on the block with the Bengals asking for a 3rd-round pick.
2019 Week 10 vs BAL (4 / 2 / 20 / 1 rec)
Even with Drew Sample leaving the game early, Eifert played just 31% of the snaps. The Bengals almost exclusively used 11 personnel, so Eifert and CJ Uzomah were rarely on the field together. Eifert caught a 6-yard touchdown pass. He lined up in the slot and tried to take advantage of a rub route by the outside receiver. The Ravens played it perfectly but Eifert was able to out leap the defender and make the contested grab. Eifert made a 14-yard catch from the slot, getting inside position against Brandon Carr.
2019 Week 11 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
On an early 4th-and-3, Eifert lined up next to the left tackle and was left uncovered over the middle of the field. He caught the short pass and accelerated up the field for an 18-yard gain. Eifert played just 23 snaps, most of which came on obvious passing downs.
2019 Week 13 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Eifert played limited snaps behind CJ Uzomah. He made a leaping grab over a defender along the sideline for a 12-yard gain.
2018 Week 1 vs IND (3 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
It was a positive opener for Eifert. He played 65% of the snaps and looked to be the same player he was in his very successful 2015 season. Eifert started quickly with a 29-yard gain on a crossing route early in the first quarter. He is in shape and showed a nice burst running after the catch.
2018 Week 2 vs BAL (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Eifert drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone to setup the Bengals first touchdown. He likely would have scored if he wasn't grabbed, as he had the safety beat to the outside. Eifert was again effective as a pass catcher and played 49 snaps against Baltimore (64%). The number of snaps is high enough for Eifert to remain fantasy relevant, especially since he is out there for almost every red zone snap and in passing situations.
2018 Week 3 vs CAR (8 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)
Eifert had his best game in years and looked fantastic. He was deadly on what looked to be an RPO play (or at least a play-action). Dalton would put the ball in Bernard's chest while the line run blocked. On the backside, Eifert would run a slant, often matched up against a linebacker. With the inside defenders drawn up by the run threat, Eifert was able to easily establish inside position and pick up yards in chunks. He showed some real physicality after the catch as well, lowering his pads and running through attempted tackles. Eifert made an impossible-looking grab for 20 yards. He went up high to make the grab and somehow held on even though the defender had two arms between Eifert and the ball.
2018 Week 4 vs ATL (4 / 4 / 38 / 1 rec)
Eifert was off to a hot start to the game and scored an early touchdown on a 9-route from the slot. Coverage was poor and Eifert didn't have a defender close to him but still made a nice leaping catch and toe tap along the back of the end zone on a high throw. Unfortunately, Eifert suffered yet another season-ending injury on the opening drive of the second half. He dislocated his ankle and was extremely emotional heading off of the field. It was an especially tough blow for Eifert because he will be a free agent next offseason.
2017 Week 1 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Eifert had a surprisingly quiet day. He was targeted just once, catching the ball underneath on a short crossing route. Eifert was open a few times in the first half but Dalton didn't look his way. In the second half, Eifert was often asked to chip the end to help out struggling left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi.
2017 Week 2 vs HOU (4 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Eifert caught a 22-yard pass down the seam in the hurry-up offense in the final seconds before halftime. He hung onto the ball through despite taking a bit hit. Eifert should have had a 12-yard touchdown catch. He was all alone in the back corner of the end zone but lost track of where he was and ran himself out of bounds. He made the catch, but it didn't count. The Bengals had to settle for a field goal and the lost four points ended up being the final margin of the Bengals loss.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2015 Week 1 vs OAK (12 / 9 / 104 / 2 rec)
Tyler Eifert exploded against the Oakland Raiders Sunday with a 9 catch, 104 yard, 2-touchdown performance. A.J. Green was given a lot of attention on the outside and was struggling with some dropped passes. This allowed Eifert a lot of space in the middle of the field. The chemistry between quarterback Andy Dalton and Eifert was largely consistent all night. Dalton would be able to avoid pressure and find Eifert on numerous occasions for short gains right in the middle of the field. Eifert was able to do some damage after the catch and gain first downs of check down plays. Most of these were 8 or 9 yards right in the middle of the field but he did have a long 29-yard catch. Dalton received very good pass protection and lofted a ball over two defenders right into Eifert's hands. On the next series the two just miss on a very similar play right off of Eifert's fingertips. His first touchdown was a 13-yard catch in serious traffic where Dalton gave him a chance to go up and make a play. He then follows this up in the third quarter with a similar touchdown he launched himself over cornerback D.J. Hayden for the eight-yard score to make the game 30-0. The pass was thrown with an empty backfield and Eifert uses his body extremely well to get around the defender. After Eifert was injured for nearly all of the 2014 season and has 15 targets in his last 5 quarters.
2015 Week 2 vs SD (5 / 4 / 49 / 1 rec)
Tyler Eifert continued his dominance from Week 1 in the red zone and intermediate passing game. The chemistry between him and quarterback Andy Dalton is evident, as he seems to trust him to go up and make plays in contested areas and help Dalton make positive plays while under pressure. His touchdown reception comes on 3rd and goal from the 9-yard line. Eifert beats the cornerback to the right corner of the end zone where Dalton shows great touch on the football to put it right in his hands. This touchdown pass helped the Bengals offense take control of this game and never look back. Eifert finished this game with 4 receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown.
2015 Week 3 vs BAL (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Tyler Eifert had a disappointing performance in a game dominated by A.J. Green and Marvin Jones. He had just three targets and was not able to register a catch against the Baltimore Ravens. Just before halftime Eifert had a 4th down catch overturned after replay showed he did not have full possession of the ball before extending it over the goal line. Safety Brynden Trawick knocked the ball loose and the play originally ruled as a touchdown was overturned. His second target of the game was swatted down at the line of scrimmage when his quarterback was trying to relieve pressure in the pocket. We have seen Eifert used as this safety valve much more often in previous weeks this season. Dalton also threw a ball to Eifert in the red zone on the first drive of the second half into tight man coverage but the ball fell incomplete.
2015 Week 4 vs KC (4 / 3 / 69 / 0 rec)
Tight end Tyler Eifert has just 3 catches on 7 targets in the past two games for the Cincinnati Bengals. In Week 4 against the Chiefs Eifert posted a stat line of 69 yards on three receptions. Andy Dalton is content spreading the ball around and that was evident this week with Sanu leading the team in yards. Eifert continues to be targeted on third down by Dalton but his red zone effectiveness was negated by strong play at the goal line by Jeremy Hill in this game. He had catches for both 23 and 30 yards respectively in this game. He caught the first pass through the middle and the second off a short dish to the left where he was pushed out of bounds at the 7-yard line that later set up a Jeremy Hill 1-yard touchdown.
2015 Week 5 vs SEA (12 / 8 / 90 / 2 rec)
Yet another huge game for Tyler Eifert, in particularly in the red zone as he helped the Cincinnati Bengals mount a comeback in Week 5. He had 90 yards on eight catches, which led the team in Week 5. He had just seven targets through the past few weeks but had 12 in this game as Andy Dalton clearly saw him as the top option for this offense against the Seahawks who struggle to defend the tight end position. His first touchdown came off of a blown assignment by Kam Chancellor and his second was for a 10-yard score behind Cary Williams. The highlight of the night was his miraculous catch in the fourth quarter for 25-yards through the middle that set up the game-tying field goal. The execution between Dalton and Eifert has been impressive in the red-zone as he looks unstoppable at times. He will continue to be a high-end tight end option for fantasy owners going forward as he has earned the trust of his quarterback Andy Dalton in this offense.
2015 Week 6 vs BUF (4 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)
Tyler Eifert continued his dominance in the red zone in Week 6 against the Bills. Quarterback Andy Dalton clearly trust the young tight end to win the football in tight coverage and jump ball opportunities. He again showed faith in Eifert in this game as he threw a jump ball where Eifert was able to beat Bills safety Bacarro Rambo for a 4-yard touchdown grab. Eifert has been a favorite for Dalton in the red zone but was not a top option in this game.
2015 Week 8 vs PIT (8 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Tyler Eifert was largely an afterthought for a struggling Bengals offense in Week 8 where he accumulated just 39 yards. He did have eight targets in this game but only converted 4 of them into catches including one bad drop. His upside in the red zone is evident but this should have been a great matchup for Eifert. His long play of the game came in the 4th quarter as Dalton threw a deep pass to Eifert for a 23-yard gain.
2015 Week 9 vs CLE (6 / 5 / 53 / 3 rec)
Tight end Tyler Eifert had a monster game for the Bengals on Thursday Night Football. He nabbed five of his six targets for 53 yards with three scores in the win. He tied for the team lead in targets but does what he does best by doing his damage in the red zone. Andy Dalton is clearly going to continue to trust him to go up and make plays and is a mismatch every time he is on the field. He muscled his way through a tackle at the goal line for his first score of 9 yards and his second touchdown came off of a broken play in the second quarter. His double move on Tramon Williams in the fourth quarter was a thing of beauty as Dalton hit him in stride down the left side of the field for the 19-yard score. All three of his touchdowns came in the red zone and he now has league-leading nine scores on the season, a Bengals record for a tight end.
2015 Week 10 vs HOU (7 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Tyler Eifert dropped three key passes in the Bengals loss to the Texans on Monday Night Football. He had three receptions on seven targets for 26 yards. He had just three drops the entire season this year but could not complete a few easy receptions in this one, which was really deflating for this offense. One drop came in the red zone in the first quarter and another was down the seams as a defender fell down in coverage. That play could have gone for a long score and contributed to the Bengals struggles on third down all night.
2015 Week 11 vs ARI (3 / 3 / 22 / 2 rec)
Tyler Eifert is now has 11 touchdowns on the season, breaking the Bengals franchise record for receiving touchdowns by a tight end which was previously nine. He caught just three passes for 22 yards in this game but two were for touchdowns. Both of his touchdowns were end zone fades and he was not a huge part of the game plan against the Cardinals. On his second touchdown he was able to draw single coverage on which he had a huge height advantage after quarterback Andy Dalton changed the play at the line of scrimmage. He has continued to show that he is one of the best red-zone threats in the league and Dalton has shown a lot of trust in him to make plays.
2015 Week 12 vs LA (4 / 3 / 40 / 1 rec)
Tyler Eifert would leave this game in the third quarter but not before catching three of his four targets for 40 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown came off of a great pump fake by Andy Dalton late in first half where he secured a 22-yard score. Eifert now leads the NFL in touchdown receptions and suffered his injury while recovering a Giovani Bernard fumble in the third quarter. The team is calling it a "stinger." Bernard has continued to be one of the top red-zone targets in the entire league this seas
2015 Week 14 vs PIT (2 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)
Tyler Eifert injured his head making a diving catch on Cincinnati's first drive in Week 14. Eifert was making in his return from a stinger injury this week but before leaving had two receptions for 42 yards. Eifert was leading the NFL in touchdown receptions and will enter the leagues concussion protocol after a disastrous afternoon for the Bengals.
2015 Week 17 vs BAL (4 / 4 / 51 / 1 rec)
In his return from a concussion, Tyler Eifert caught all four of his targets for 51 yards and a receiving touchdown. He got the Bengals on the board after a slow start with a nice 22-yard touchdown set up by a pass interference penalty committed by the Ravens. It was a tightly contested touchdown grab with Eifert coming down the left seam. Eifert was able to knock off some rust before playoffs and will continue to be a factor for this offense in the red zone going forward.
2015 Week 18 vs PIT (9 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
Tyler Eifert had a big first half contributing 33 yards on his first four targets but couldn't get going with the offense struggling overall thereafter. During that span Eifert took a screen pass for 16 yards that brought the Bengals over mid-field for the first time in the game. He finished with five receptions for 58 yards and led the team with nine targets. He nearly made a long catch in the fourth quarter but couldn't make the play. He made a diving catch later on that drive for a first down.
2014 Week 1 vs BAL (3 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Eifert was a big part of the gameplan early. It seems that he surpassed Gresham in the gamplan, garnering 3 receptions before his injury. First Dalton hit Eifert on an out pattern right in from of the 1st down marker that fell just short of a first. Then Eifert went in motion and caught a ball down the right sideline. Eifert caught the ball, dropped his shoulder, and laid a lick on the defender for a 20 yard gain. On the very next possession, Eifert caught a pass up the seam, and took a nasty shot right at his elbow. Unfortunately for him and Andy Dalton, he missed the game and will miss some time. It's too bad, as he was an obvious focal point for Dalton and the Bengals, garnering 3 receptions on his first three drives. If the injury reports come back positive, keep a close eye on Eifert, as he was heavily utilized.
2013 Week 1 vs CHI (5 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Eifert showed a ton of promise in this one. With Dalton spreading it around, Eifert seemed to get the ball in space a couple times. He got the first reception of the game on a quick 3 yard short pass. But after that, he was able to get open. Later in the first quarter, Eifert flared out toward the sideline on a play-action pass, took the throw from Dalton and burst upfield for 17 yards. Eifert has very surprising speed for a man of his size and obvious strength. Then later in the first half, Dalton hit Eifert across the middle, and Eifert turned ahead and charged through a couple defenders for a 14 yard gain. Then in the third quarter, Dalton hit Eifert on a quick out and Eifert ran for 8 on this one. The impressive thing about Eifert was his speed and physicality after the catch. We know he will eventually get redzone looks and show the benefits of his leaping ability and height, as he did so often in college. But for now it was impressive to see him as such a big part of the game plan, in his first career start.
2013 Week 2 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 66 / 0 rec)
Eifert's big 61 yard touchdown was a big moment for Dalton and the Bengals early in this game. As for Eifert, however, he was just the recipient of a very easy throw and catch. He basically just took off upfield, found himself wide open, caught the ball and ran as far as he could. Eifert was never really a threat to score on the play, as he wasn't going to outrun two members of the Steeler's secondary, but 61 yards was good enough! The Bengals tried to get Eifert the ball early, but Dalton missed him twice on throws that sailed way over Eifert's head. Yes, he's tall Andy, but not that tall! Eifert also had a good night blocking, and this is the part of the game that could end up giving him the nod over Gresham sooner, rather than later. He was touted as the complete package coming out of Notre Dame, and at a position that traditionally takes a little time to learn, Eifert has had two very solid games to start his career. Although Eifert's 61 yard rumble has been seen on all the highlights, he was really unable to do much else, and as we mentioned, there wasn't a whole lot of difficulty in that route. At this point, Eifert is still learning the offense, and still working on building a connection with Andy Dalton. Right now, Gresham is the better route runner, and seems to be getting more looks. When the Bengals do throw to Eifert, it usually looks like they are making an effort to get him the ball, which is traditionally what happens when rookies are integrating themselves into the playbook. Expect that to change in coming weeks, however, as Eifert grows into his role.
2013 Week 3 vs GB (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Eifert had one seven yard slant pass, and that was it. At this point the 2 TE offense is not being utilized as much as it perhaps could. But how well does Eifert know the offense? When he does get the ball it's either a play designed to go to him, or a breakdown by the defense, as in his long 60+ reception last week. Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu are both playing very well, and if that continues, it will naturally eat into the amount of snaps that Eifert gets. The Bengals have a lot of flexibility, as they can go 2 TE or 3 WR and they have the horses to pull off either one. But at this point, owning Tyler Eifert is just as risky as owning Marvin Jones. If the gameplan swings the other way, one of the two just won't see the field.
2013 Week 4 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
Eifert had two short receptions for minimal yardage, but was finally able to make an impact in the second half. Eifert lined up wide, and faked in for the slant and then continued straight up the field. Dalton hit him in stride, and Eifert picked up a big 29 yard gain. Although it won't show up on the stat sheet, he made another play which shows his tremendous ability. Dalton rolled out to the right and tried to hit Eifert on a long sideline route. The pass was thrown high and out of bounds, but Eifert leaped into the air and made an amazing catch, albeit out of bounds. The leaping ability of Eifert is something we haven't quite seen yet, especially in the red-zone, but that will likely show up in the future.
2013 Week 5 vs NE (7 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
Eifert has more play-making ability than Gresham, but is obviously still learning the position. The Bengals made a concerted effort to get the ball in his hands early on. A quick slant pass to Eifert was caught, and Eifert carried a defender down to the first down marker, picking up 11. Then, on play-action, Eifert broke down the middle of the field and Dalton hit him for a 22 yard gainer. Eifert showed that he has solid speed and showed his potential to be a force at the position. Eifert had 3 other receptions, all of them of the short variety. However, it was clear that the gameplan was to get both tight ends involved, and for the first time in a few weeks, Eifert was obviously a big part of the gameplan.
2013 Week 6 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
As the number two tight end, Eifert's production has been pretty low for most of the season. He had a nice 10 yard slant pass and another short reception in this one, but that was it. Dalton did look his way on a deep pass down the sideline, but Dalton just threw it out of bounds. It was good to see Dalton make that throw, as they need to get Eifert involved in more jump ball scenarios. But until Eifert takes over Gresham's job, the production just isn't going to be there.
2013 Week 7 vs DET (4 / 3 / 45 / 1 rec)
The Bengals finally gave Eifert a shot to make a play downfield, as Dalton launched a ball high in the air, and Eifert boxed out his man, jumped in the air and pulled down the TD. Eifert needs more jump balls, as that is where he really made a name for himself in college. His ability to catch the ball at the highest point of his jump makes him a tremendous weapon. Despite the TD, however, Eifert still isn't on the verge of becoming a consistent weapon, as Gresham still gets a lot of playing time, and a lot of looks. At this point in his career, Eifert is one of many weapons, and not a consistent target of Dalton's passes.
2013 Week 8 vs NYJ (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Dalton made an effort to get Eifert the ball early. He hit him on a short out for 7 yards on the first drive, then on a quick slant that went for 16 on the 2nd drive. Most of the throws to Eifert seem designed, as he's still working his way into the offense. Eifert also got thrown a quick slant in the endzone, but was unable to come up with the laser from Dalton. Eifert still doesn't seem to be comfortable in this offense, but you can only imagine how dangerous they will be when he finally "gets it". The light hasn't come on yet, but the physical tools are apparent in his size, speed and jumping ability.
2013 Week 9 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Eifert was of little value in this game, just taking a couple of short outlet passes for minimal gain. Eifert still hasn't become a big option in this offense, as Gresham remains the primary TE. Eifert seems to have a lot of potential, but at this point isn't really running the usual routes you see from tight ends. Everything to Eifert in this game was short, and he was unable to make anything happen with the ball.
2013 Week 10 vs BAL (10 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)
With Jermaine Gresham out of the game with an injury, this was Eifert's time to show his potential. On a couple early occasions, Dalton completely threw it over his head. On another occasion, Eifert got open in the middle of the field, and Dalton threw it right into his outstretched hands, but Eifert dropped it. A safety was heading right for him, so that possibly would have had an effect. Eifert's play of the day was a 40 yard rumble. Eifert caught a simple short pass from Dalton, and broke through two physical tackles at the point of the reception, and then streaked downfield for the 40 yard gain. Eifert and Dalton still don't really appear to be on the same page yet, but Dalton wasn't on the same page with anyone. If Eifert continues to get targeted 10 times a game, he should start coming up with more receptions.
2013 Week 11 vs CLE (1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Eifert's lone reception was on a bootleg rollout by Dalton. Eifert followed Dalton, hauled in the pass and ran for 15 yards. So smooth and quick with the ball, it's only a matter of time before Eifert becomes a star. But for now, he's just not getting the looks, and the lack of snaps keeps his numbers low.
2013 Week 13 vs SD (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Eifert didn't have much success, catching a short pass and heading down the left sideline for a 9 yard gain. The Bengals aren't using their first round pick very often. He's shown to have jumping ability and speed, so it's quite surprising he isn't being given more opportunities.
2013 Week 14 vs IND (4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Eifert had a chance on a deep lob down the right sideline. Dalton hung it out there where Eifert could run under it, but Eifert failed to come down with the ball. It was likely thrown just a bit too far, but Eifert was drafted to make big plays, something he hasn't done much of this season. He caught a few short passes in this game, but the numbers on his box score do not match the production that the Bengals hoped for when they drafted him in the first round.
2013 Week 15 vs PIT (3 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)
The Bengals finally threw it up to Eifert in the endzone. This is why they drafted him, right? Eifert matched up against the safety, Dalton lobbed it high in the air, and Eifert easily outjumped the safety for a touchdown. These are the types of plays that Eifert needs to be making. He should always be in the game in the redzone, specifically for this ability. Eifert also caught a short pass late in the game, broke a tackle, and turned upfield for a gain of 19. Eifert hasn't been able to surpass Gresham so far in 2013. But much like the Bernard/BJGE battle, Eifert clearly has the superior physical skills. It might be time to take the training wheels off and see what he can do.
2013 Week 16 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
A week after showing what he could do in the redzone, Eifert was barely a blip on the stat sheet. He caught one short pass for 6 yards, but couldn't get into the game otherwise. Maybe Gresham will get involved more in the offense in 2014. But so far this year, he just hasn't been able to break through and earn consistent targets.
2013 Week 18 vs SD (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Another quiet game for Eifert, who didn't end up making much of an impact in his first season. Eifert was the intended receiver on Dalton's second INT, running a short out and having no chance to catch the ball that was thrown right to the defender.