As the Cincinnati Bengals move through OTAs and closer to training camp, RantSports.com will be bringing you player profiles for many of the team’s players. We’ll focus mainly on new acquisitions, and on those players who will be on the roster bubble. In this installment for the Bengals, we’ll take a look at first round draft pick Tyler Eifert.
With talented tight end Jermaine Gresham already on the roster, the Bengals became one of those pesky two-TE teams with the selection of Eifert. The rookie TE comes in widely regarded as the best at his position in this year’s draft class. Standing 6’6″ and weighing 251 lbs with 4.6 speed, he’s the prototypical modern day tight end.
I liked the Bengals’ decision take another top-tier tight end, in lieu of another wide receiver. The two-tight end system is proven to work in today’s NFL, and given the lack of wide receiver talent in this year’s draft, Eifert was the safe pick for the Bengals.
Because of his ‘modern day’ build, Eifert no doubt has room to improve as a blocker. That was his major criticism leading up to the draft, and it’s an area where he’ll have to get better to stay on the field in his rookie season. Still, we all know the Bengals didn’t draft him to be a blocker, he’s of course another weapon for quarterback Andy Dalton.
It’s hard not to like the selection of Eifert if you’re a Bengals’ fan. He’s going to make the passing game even more difficult to defend, as he should help free things up for those around him. He’ll come along as a blocker, but in the meantime, fans should be expecting solid production from the tight end, right out of the gate.
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