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12/04/13 - TE Tyler Eifert was limited due to a knee injury but he is expected to play.
09/04/13 - TE Tyler Eifert had full participation after missing the last two preseason games due to a forearm injury. He will play on Sunday.
07/15/13 - The Cincinnati Bengals signed first-round pick Tyler Eifert. Terms for the former Notre Dame tight end were not disclosed.
The Bengals have now signed all 10 of their draft picks.
"We've said all along that we expected Tyler's deal to get done in good time, but it's great to now have all our signings complete," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "All 10 guys can help us by getting off to fast starts, and we are looking for Tyler to lead that. He's shown us everything we wanted to see in our offseason work."
The Bengals expect Eifert to bring versatility to their offense. He lined up out wide at receiver or in-line as a traditional tight end for Notre Dame last season, catching 50 passes for 685 yards and four touchdowns.
A former high school wide receiver, he poses speed mismatches for linebackers and his 6-foot-6, 250-pound frame makes him difficult for defensive backs to contend with as well.
The Bengals envision Eifert playing opposite starting tight end Jermaine Gresham. A more athletic version of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Heath Miller, Eifert does appear maxed out physically and must prove he can handle duties as an in-line blocker in the NFL to completely fulfill his potential.
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 1/21 - Tyler Eifert, TE, 6-2, 251, Notre Dame...The Bengals needed to add more playmakers and targets which they did with the selection of Eifert after their top two choices at safety were off the board. He played all the receiver spots at Notre Dame with 29 of his 140 catches at the school going for 20 yards or more. Will be the second tight end and a big target in the red zone. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Bengals add TE Eifert to offense...With the struggles of the offense during the stretch run last year, it is important for the Bengals to add playmakers during the draft. They started doing that during the first round when they took Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert with the 21st overall pick. Despite already having Jermaine Gresham, Eifert does add a different dynamic. "We feel he's a player who's going to add a lot to our football team in his first year, as a young player. He complements Jermaine and the other players we have," coach Marvin Lewis said. "He's got ability. To be moving around and doing a lot of things, show some flexibility, he's been a very productive receiver at Notre Dame."
Eifert became the Bengals' top option after their top two projected safeties went off the board -- Kenny Vaccaro 15th to the Saints and Eric Reid 18th to the 49ers. The Bengals already have a top tight end in Gresham, who has been to the Pro Bowl the past two seasons. But seeing the success that New England has had with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, adding Eifert gives offensive coordinator Jay Gruden more options. - The Sports Xchange