Tyler Eifert
Tyler Eifert
28-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Cincinnati Bengals
Injury Ankle
Fri Practice: Full
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Eifert is basically the AFC's version of Jordan Reed. On the field, Eifert has been a legitimate difference maker, even scoring 13 touchdowns in 13 games back in 2015. But too much of the time, Eifert is found in the medical building. He's dealt with forearm, neck, elbow, knee, ankle and back problems as a pro, missing 41 of a possible 80 games. It was a torn ankle ligament in 2016, then an ongoing back problem last year. Eifert's game centers around good hands and a wide catch radius; he's not a runaway train like Rob Gronkowski or Travis Kelce. Eifert's average touchdown catch is just under 11 yards, and 17 of his 20 career touchdowns have been in the red zone. A healthy Eifert would be a great boost towards getting Andy Dalton back in form, but after looking at Eifert's medical file, how can you draft him with any confidence? Do keep one thing in mind - the tight end in a Dalton offense is usually a touchdown scorer. The ordinarily talented Tyler Kroft scored seven times last year. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Bengals in March of 2019.
Gets incentive-heavy contract
TECincinnati Bengals
March 19, 2019
Eifert's (ankle) one-year contract with Cincinnati includes a $1.2 million signing bonus and $1 million base salary, along with $1.3 million in per-game roster bonuses and up to $2.5 million in incentives, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The unusual breakdown makes sense: Eifert has played just six games the past two years and 43 total through six NFL seasons. It also makes sense for the Bengals to invest in another option at tight end, with C.J. Uzomah landing a three-year, $18.3 million contract that includes $6.25 million fully guaranteed (per overthecap.com). While history suggests he'll have a tough time staying on the field, Eifert does seem to be on track for some level of involvement in the offseason program, as he resumed jogging by early January and was doing agility work by the end of February. None of that should come as a surprise given that he's now more than five months removed from Sept. 30 ankle surgery with an estimated recovery timeline of 4-to-5 months. Eifert owns career marks of 12.1 yards per catch and 8.4 per target, with 21 touchdowns on 142 receptions -- per-play efficiency has never been the problem.
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How do Tyler Eifert's 2018 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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How often does Tyler Eifert run a route when on the field for a pass play?
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Tyler Eifert
98 routes   19 targets
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435 routes   64 targets
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How do Tyler Eifert's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 6"
255 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.68 sec
Shuttle Time
4.32 sec
Cone Drill
6.92 sec
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
Broad Jump
119 in
Bench Press
22 reps
Hand Length
9.13 in
Arm Length
33.13 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
No tight end, not even Rob Gronkowski, has been a more dynamic touchdown man than Eifert the last two seasons. He's scored 18 times in 21 starts, and that's come on a modest 81 catches and 121 targets. Andy Dalton knows where to go with the rock when the Bengals close in on the scoring stripe. But like Gronkowski, Eifert brings injury concerns to the table. He's appeared in just 58 percent of games since the Bengals drafted him in 2013. A blown-out ankle cost him four games last year, and then a back problem wiped out four more starts. Eifert eventually had back surgery right before the New Year. Eifert news was fairly quiet in spring, but he ultimately was cleared for the start of training camp. A healthy Eifert could theoretically be ranked as high as No. 2 among tight ends, but we need to be a little more conservative until we have specific details. Cincinnati's offense is loaded for bear (or Steeler, or Raven or Brown) this fall; the Bengals spent their first two draft picks on WR John Ross and RB Joe Mixon. If Eifert and A.J. Green stay healthy -- and we suppose Dalton also needs that tag -- we could be looking at a top-five offense. And we don't think the new pieces would cut into Eifert's production, as he's clearly the team's go-to option when passing around the goal line. It's just a matter of Eifert staying on the field.
After missing all but one game in 2014 with an elbow injury, Eifert came back strong last season, tying for fourth in the NFL with a position-leading 13 TDs and finishing third in fantasy PPG among TE. Eifert was uncoverable in the red zone, where he scored 11 TDs on 15 targets. Inside the 10, he was 6 of 7 with six scores, as defensive backs had a hard time matching up with this size (6-6, 250) and leaping ability (36-inch vertical). Eifert's yardage was inconsistent, non-existent when he was shut out Week 3. His only 100-yard game came Week 1, and he had at least 70 yards only one other time. It's a little surprising he didn't do more after the catch (3.9 YAC, 23rd), considering his 4.68 speed and 6.2 YAC (2nd) in 2013, but his YPC ranked ninth while his YPT tied for seventh. Eifert also missed three games with a neck stinger and concussion, and has yet to play a full season. He looks poised to miss time this season, too, after ankle surgery in May, which could cost him the first few games of the 2016 campaign. When he returns, he could be in store for more looks due to the departures of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, who leave behind 152 targets. The Bengals added Brandon LaFell, who had 74 targets with the Patriots last season, and drafted WR Tyler Boyd in the second round. An uptick in yards might help replace a regression in touchdowns.
After a promising rookie season, Eifert's second season ended in the first quarter of Week 1 last year when he suffered a dislocated elbow. In 2013, he teamed with Jermaine Gresham for 85 receptions, 903 yards and six touchdowns. But that was before new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson and his run-based attack. Under Jackson last year, the Bengals passed on 52.4 percent of plays (28th in NFL) after throwing 57.1 percent under former OC Jay Gruden from 2011-2013. Gresham's numbers were nearly the same as the year before, even though he had the targets to himself with Eifert out. Gresham's gone, leaving Eifert with the workload this season. Even if Eifert only matches Gresham's 79 targets from last year, he should do more with them because he has the physical tools to be a difference-maker in the passing game. And Eifert should at least duplicate Gresham's red-zone work — five touchdowns on 15 targets. At 6-6, 250, with 4.68 speed, Eifert has the size to overpower defensive backs and the quickness to get by linebackers up the seam. With A.J. Green commanding double-teams and safety help, and the return of downfield threat Marvin Jones, who missed all last season with an injury after scoring 10 touchdowns in 2013, Eifert should be open with room to make plays — as a rookie he was second among tight ends in yards after the catch (6.26). Eifert, who also had offseason shoulder surgery, is expected to be healthy for training camp.
Eifert turned in a solid rookie season, acclimating to the NFL game alongside tight-end mate Jermaine Gresham. They produced similar numbers, though Eifert got more work in the red zone and averaged more yards per catch and per target. With A.J. Green drawing double teams and safety help downfield, both had free reign in the middle of the field and down the seam. Eifert averaged 6.26 yards after the catch (second among qualified TE) while Gresham averaged 6.13 (fifth). At 6-6 with good speed, Eifert has the size to exploit defensive backs and the quickness to outmaneuver linebackers. He could distance himself from Gresham this season, as the four-year veteran is in the last year of contract. If so, Eifert will be in a good position to produce.
Taken with the 21st overall pick, Eifert was the clear-cut top tight end in this year's draft. His career at Notre Dame included several acrobatic catches as Eifert has excellent body control and consistently wins the ball in traffic. Eifert's value will be limited in 2013 with the presence of Jermaine Gresham, but look for the Bengals to use more two tight-end sets to get him involved in the offense.
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Signs deal with Bengals
TECincinnati Bengals
March 16, 2019
Eifert (ankle) signed a one-year deal with the Bengals on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Proves progress with video
TECincinnati Bengals
February 22, 2019
Eifert (ankle) tweeted a video of himself going through ladder drills Thursday.
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Begins jogging
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January 9, 2019
Eifert (ankle) has resumed jogging, doing so for up to 20 minutes at a time, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
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Heads to IR
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October 5, 2018
The Bengals placed Eifert (ankle) on injured reserve Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Likely facing 4-to-5-month recovery
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October 3, 2018
Eifert is expected to require 4-to-5 months of recovery time after undergoing surgery Monday to repair a fractured right ankle, Fletcher Page of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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