TE Tyler Eifert - Cincinnati Bengals

6-6, 250Born: 9-8-1990College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 1, pick 2013

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17 vs CLE 27 2.0 34 0 0 3.4

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Tyler Eifert's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 17 vs CLE (2 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)

Eifert's playing time fell again. He played just 39% of the snaps and was targeted only twice. Both opportunities came on third-and-medium and he came through to keep the chains moving. He used a subtle push off to create space on a comeback route for a 9-yard reception. Eifert had a 25-yard reception on a deep post route, finding a soft spot in the zone behind the dropping linebacker.

2019 Week 16 vs MIA (8 / 4 / 57 / 1 rec)

Eifert played 57 snaps (63%), which was his second-highest total of the season. He was a non-factor for the first 50 minutes but was a key cog in the fourth-quarter comeback. He lined up out wide and got inside position on a slant route and made the grab for a 2-point conversion that brought the Bengals within one score with 30 seconds left. On a desperation heave with no time left on the clock, Eifert was able to box out a defender and make the leaping grab for a 25-yard touchdown to tie the game up and force overtime.

2019 Week 15 vs NE (5 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)

Eifert was the leading receiver for the Bengals. He played 56% of the snaps, his most since Week 8, largely due to the Bengals playing nearly half the snaps with at least two tight ends on the field. He showed some speed to get behind a defender on a go route down the right sideline for a 24-yard catch.

2019 Week 14 vs CLE (4 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

Eifert played 47% of the snaps, his most since Week 8. He picked up 15 yards on a meaningless play against prevent defense in the seconds before halftime. He had a pair of catches on a garbage time drive in the final minute of the game, as well.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.


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