This year’s first-round pick, 21st overall for the Cincinnati Bengals was tight end Tyler Eifert, who has all of the potential in the world to be the league’s next great tight end. Eifert has an excellent frame as he is 6-foot-6 and weighs 250 pounds, and could create a great deal of mismatches with most opposing teams’ defensive players in the secondary and most inside linebackers.
So far, he has had 17 catches for 212 yards, with a long of 61 yards without scoring a touchdown yet in his rookie campaign.
The good news for the Buffalo Bills is that they have one of the best coverage inside linebackers in Kiko Alonso, whom right now is still tied for the league lead with four interceptions on the league and also currently 10th for most tackles with 44. Both numbers are sure to go up after today’s matchup.
Besides Alonso, there is a strong possibility that Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd makes his eagerly waited 2013 season debut this week, and he is known for his ball-hawking abilities with 18 career interceptions going into his now fifth NFL season.
One of the best ways to beat him would be to bump him off the snap and throw him off his route, or have a steady stream of pass rushing and make him stay home to block and protect quarterback Andy Dalton.
It should be interesting to see if the Bills contain and shut down Eifert for the game, or if he ends up being a household name by torching Buffalo.