TE Tyler Eifert - Cincinnati Bengals

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

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General News (Thu Dec 5): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Dec 4): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 14: at Cleveland Browns

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Andy Dalton sparked some life into the Bengals last week as he came off the bench and led the team to their first win of the season. This was a typical Dalton game, nothing fancy, but efficient completing just 6.6 yards-per-attempt but was able to move the ball through Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate enough to beat the Jets. While there was some speculation that A.J. Green would return this week, he is once again declared out early in the week on Wednesday which has to bring fuel to whether he returns at all at this point as the receiver heads into his free agency year. The Bengals at this point of the year with Dalton back are more dangerous than the Ryan Finley led team simply because of having a veteran quarterback essentially having a last chance audition to land somewhere next season. The Browns passing defense continues to be an above-average unit this season as they have held opponents to the seventh-fewest passing yards per game. The Browns got even better news this week as Damarious Randall who was suspended for the last game will return at free safety as he is one of the better coverage safeties in football. This is a defense that has not allowed a 300-yard passer and has allowed just four wide receivers to top 100 yards for the year. Overall it is a talented unit, but if there is a question mark surrounding it, it would be that the schedule has been favorable as they have faced just three offenses in the top half of the league in passing yards and they allowed over 250 yards to all three quarterbacks and two touchdowns to all three. The good news for the Browns is that the easy schedule against the pass continues as they face off against Andy Dalton and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs BAL 23 2.0 20 1 0 8
11 at OAK 23 3.0 21 0 0 2.1
12 vs PIT 22 1.0 7 0 0 0.7
13 vs NYJ 25 1.0 12 0 0 1.2
14 at CLE PROJ-Dodds * 2.0 * * * *
14 at CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 1.9 * * * *
14 at CLE PROJ-Bloom * 1.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

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

Recent Game Summaries

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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Latest News

Bengals | Full practice for Tyler Eifert (Thu Dec 5, 05:22 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

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Bengals | Tyler Eifert limited Wednesday (Wed Dec 4, 03:07 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (rest) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.

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Bengals | Tyler Eifert should play (Fri Nov 29, 04:35 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is not on the injury report for Week 13.

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Bengals | Week 13 injury report for Cincinnati (Fri Nov 29, 03:17 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Cethan Carter (concussion), WR A.J. Green (ankle), OG Alex Redmond (elbow) and TE Drew Sample (ankle) were unable to practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 13 versus the New York Jets. LB Nick Vigil (ankle) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is listed as questionable. DT Geno Atkins (non-injury), CB Darqueze Dennard (non-injury), TE Tyler Eifert (non-injury), LB Jordan Evans (hamstring) and S Brandon Wilson (hand) fully participated in practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

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Bengals | Tyler Eifert back on field (Thu Nov 28, 05:39 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 28.

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Schedule

14@ Cleveland Browns
15vs New England Patriots
16@ Miami Dolphins
17vs Cleveland Browns