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
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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
04/28/13 - Eifert lined up at every receiving spot at Notre Dame last season, including in the backfield. His 63 receptions for 803 yards (12.8 yards per catch) and five touchdowns last season led Football Bowl Subdivision tight ends. Of his 140 receptions the past three seasons at Notre Dame, 29 have gone for 20 yards or more. "Whether you have two tight ends in the game at a time, or three possibly, it creates problems for defenses - that personnel group - because they want to leave their base defense on the field, so you get him matched up with a linebacker, most likely," Gruden said. "He's a very fluid route-runner, great in space, and very good after the catch. We've got to bring him along slowly and install the playbook very slowly with him so he gets a good feel for it, and we'll branch off as we go along."
Eifert's biggest asset is catching the ball in traffic and he has a good first move where he can elude press coverage at the line of scrimmage. He is also a very good blocker. One of the knocks on him is that he needs more consistency as a route runner and doesn't have the quickness to gain separation from corners. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Eifert's other advantage is that he can line up in more spots while Gresham has been split out occasionally. "I think we're very similar players," said Eifert of being paired with Gresham. "Our ability to create mismatches and get down the field and put our hand in the dirt and block. I'm excited for the opportunity to play next to him."
Gresham is the first tight end in team history to have three straight seasons of 50 receptions or more but he struggled in the AFC wild-card loss to Houston with two drops during the first quarter. He was targeted seven times but had only two receptions for seven yards. Gresham has admitted in the past to having his own pressure of trying to keep up with members of his own draft class, which included Gronkowski, Hernandez and Jimmy Graham. So it will be interesting to see how he fares having another first-rounder at the same position. It marks the third time that the Bengals have selected a tight end in the first round - besides Gresham they took Mike Cobb in 1977. - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 15. TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame (6-6, 250, 4JR)...Eifert won't create a lot of separation, but he's a better blocker than given credit and one of the best at using his body aggressively to finish contested catches. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/25/13 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 19. *Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame: Possessing soft hands and excellent body control, Eifert is the prototypical security blanket and he eased concerns about his straight-line speed with a more-than-respectable 4.68 in the 40 at 6-6, 250 pounds. Eifert isn't the second coming of Jimmy Graham but he has the length and speed to be a challenging matchup and is experienced in lining up wide, as well as in the traditional in-line role. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/29/13 - 2013 Notre Dame Pro Day: Notre Dame’s pro day on Tuesday featured 14 players, including first-round NFL draft hopefuls Manti Te’o, Tyler Eifert and Zeke Motta. And even though no NFL head coaches attended the event (held indoors on Field Turf), representatives from 29 NFL teams were there. Tyler Eifert, tight end (6-5 5/8, 256) - Eifert, who stood on his combine numbers, dropped the first ball thrown to him, then didn’t have another drop the rest of the day. He looks like a first-rounder. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com