Draft Scout Snapshot: 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
/ football Videos
*Automated search based on player first/last name, college team name, football, 3 loading panels, click video to view in full size on this page, watch or fast forward one full video, or open player with red arrow to choose more cuts at the bottom of the big video screen. Click "I'm done watching this" blue link at the top of video to close screen. If available/HQ changes video quality.
09/11/14 - TY Tyler Eifert (elbow) was placed on reserve/injured, designated for return by the Bengals Wedesday (Sept. 10).
09/07/14 - TE Tyler Eifert left the game with an apparent right elbow injury after 14-yard reception with 3:31 left in the first quarter. Eifert had three catches for 37 yards, but did not return. His status for next week is uncertain. Coach Marvin Lewis said his team had the depth to overcome Eifert's injury, especially with Alex Smith on the depth chart. "We have some flexibility," Lewis said. "Obviously, when Eifert went down, we changed a little bit offensively from the original plan. You have to credit the offensive coaches to keep on rolling like that. But Alex Smith knows his spots, so we have some depth there."
12/30/13 - TE Tyler Eifert is questionable after missing the Baltimore game due to a neck injury.
12/27/13 - TE Tyler Eifert suffered a neck stinger in last week's game and has not practiced all week. He is doubtful for the game.
12/23/13 - TE Tyler Eifert suffered a neck stinger during the first half and missed the rest of the game. His arm is in a sling and he is being evaluated.
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