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Tyler Eifert
TE #85
Height:
6-6
Weight:
255
Age:
27
College:
Notre Dame
Hometown:
Fort Wayne, IN
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2017):

REC
4
YDS
46
AVG
11.5
TDS
0
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 127 1,537 12.1 71 20 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2017 CIN 2 1 4 46 11.5 22 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2016 CIN 8 2 29 394 13.6 71 5 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 CIN 13 12 52 615 11.8 31 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 CIN 1 1 3 37 12.3 20 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 CIN 15 15 39 445 11.4 61 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 BAL L 0-20 1 4 4 4 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 HOU L 9-13 3 42 14 22 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @GB L 24-27 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 @CLE W 31-7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 BUF W 20-16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

      Pro Bowl selection from 2015 made midseason return in ’16 from ankle and back injuries with immediate production, but a recurrence of the back injury sidelined him at the end of the season ... Inactive due to the injury for Game 15, and placed on Reserve/Injured list prior to Game 16 ... Had 102 and 96 receiving yards in first two full games (Games 8-9), and finished shortened season with five TDs ... Did not play early in season due to rehab from ankle injury suffered in 2015 season Pro Bowl, and return was further delayed by back injury suffered in practice ... Scored 13 TDs in 2015, a Bengals TE record and just one short of overall NFL lead, despite missing significant playing time in Games 12-15 due to injuries ... Excels particularly with ability to time jumps and win contested balls.

      Pro Bowl selection from 2015 made midseason return in ’16 from ankle and back injuries with immediate production, but a recurrence of the back injury sidelined him at the end of the season ... Inactive due to the injury for Game 15, and placed on Reserve/Injured list prior to Game 16 ... Had 102 and 96 receiving yards in first two full games (Games 8-9), and finished shortened season with five TDs ... Did not play early in season due to rehab from ankle injury suffered in 2015 season Pro Bowl, and return was further delayed by back injury suffered in practice ... Scored 13 TDs in 2015, a Bengals TE record and just one short of overall NFL lead, despite missing significant playing time in Games 12-15 due to injuries ... Excels particularly with ability to time jumps and win contested balls.

 

     Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in first round of 2013 NFL Draft (21st overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-15-13 ... Bengals exercised the option to extend contract by one year through 2017 on 4-13-16.

 

     Pro Bowl participation: Earned first Pro Bowl nod for 2015 season game at Honolulu, selected in the initial voting ... Had one catch for 11 yards, playing for victorious Team Irvin, but suffered ankle injury that required surgery and caused him to miss Games 1-6 of 2016.

 

     2016 highlights: Played in Games 7-14 ... Missed preseason schedule, due to injury rehab (back), and inactive for Games 1-6, also due in part to back injury suffered after he returned to practice ... Inactive for Game 15 (back), and placed on Reserve/Injured list prior to Game 16 ... Logged 29 receptions for 394 yards, with five TDs ... Played 15 snaps in return to action Oct. 23 vs. Cleveland, with one reception for nine yards ... Caught nine-for-102 with a leaping grab for a 15-yard TD on Oct. 30 vs. Washington in London, and converted a pair of third downs ... On Nov. 14 at N.Y. Giants, led team in receiving yards (96), and his three catches included a career-long 71-yarder to set up a first-quarter TD, longest scrimmage gain of season for Bengals ... Caught five-for-68 on Nov. 27 at Baltimore, leading team in receiving yards, including three-yard TD catch ... Caught two-for-25 on Dec. 4 vs. Philadelphia, including diving grab in end zone for 13-yard TD ... TD catches of 14 and five yards on Dec. 11 at Cleveland.

 

     Previous seasons: 2013—In NFL debut Sept. 8 at Chicago, on his 23rd birthday, caught five-for-47 ... Caught three-for-45 Oct. 20 at Detroit, scoring first NFL TD on 32-yard pass when he beat tight coverage and made catch while falling to ground in end zone ... Caught three-for-33 on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh, with one-yard TD catch on fourth-and-goal play in fourth quarter ... Caught one-for-six on Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota before leaving game in first half with stinger, an injury that rendered him inactive for Game 16 and available for only three snaps in Wild Card playoff vs. San Diego. 2014—Started at TE on Sept. 7 at Baltimore and had three catches for 37 yards in first quarter before suffering a dislocated elbow ... Was placed Sept. 10 on Reserve/Injured list ... Was designated for possible return but was not recalled, and then had surgery in mid-December as follow-up to preseason shoulder injury. 2015—Played 13 games with 12 starts, and started in Wild Card playoff ... Inactive due to injuries for Games 12 and 14-15 ... His 13 TDs were most ever by a Bengals TE, surpassing previous mark of nine by Bob Trumpy (1969) and Rodney Holman (1989) ... Tied Bengals record for TDs in a game by a TE (three) on Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland ... Led all receivers on Sept. 13 at Oakland in catches (nine) and yards (104), and had TD receptions of 13 and eight yards ... On Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, logged eight catches for 90 yards and two TDs, and he also had a diving, fingertip 25-yard reception late in fourth quarter to put the Bengals in position for FG that sent game to overtime ... On Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland, had five catches for 53 yards and three TDs, tying Bob Trumpy’s 1969 Bengals record for most TDs in a game by a TE ... Two TDs on Nov. 22 at Arizona, beating tight coverage for a three-yard score in the first quarter and adding a 10-yarder in the fourth ... Exited game on Dec. 13 vs. Pittsburgh in first quarter with concussion, after catching two-for-42 ... Closed regular season Jan. 3 vs. Baltimore with four catches for 51 yards, including 22-yard TD from AJ McCarron ... In Wild Card playoff vs. Pittsburgh, tied for team receptions lead (five), gaining 58 yards.

 

     Ed Block winner: Eifert was the recipient of the Bengals’ 2015 Ed Block Courage Award. Coordinated through NFL athletic trainers, the award honors players who “demonstrate commitment to the values of sportsmanship and courage.” Each NFL team selects one player as its nominee. Eifert missed nearly all the 2014 season, due to an elbow injury suffered early in the first quarter of the season opener. But he came back to have a breakout season in 2015, earning an initial-vote selection to the Pro Bowl. “Tyler ultimately required surgery for his elbow, and he faced a long and challenging rehab process,” said Paul Sparling, Bengals head athletic trainer. “But he dedicated himself to doing the work, and his efforts contributed significantly to the team’s 12-4 record.”

 

     College: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Notre Dame ... Started every game as junior and senior ... His 140 catches were tops all-time for TEs at school known for great TE talent ... Had 1840 career receiving yards, with 11 TDs ... Winner of 2012 John Mackey Award, given annually to nation’s top college TE, and voted first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly ... Averaged career-best 13.7 yards per catch in ’12, helping lead Irish to BCS national championship game ... Selected as team’s 2012 Offensive MVP, catching 50-for-685 with four TDs ... Team captain.

 

     Personal: Hometown is Fort Wayne, Ind. ... Attended Bishop Dwenger High School, where as double-duty senior, he helped lead team to 14-1 record, catching 41-for-682 with 10 TDs and adding 97 tackles with four INTs (one for TD) ... Finance major at Notre Dame ... Father, Greg, played basketball at Purdue, seeing action in 115 games under coach Gene Keady ... Enjoys hunting, golf and fishing ... Last name is pronounced “IE(rhymes with ‘tie’)-fert.”

Recent Articles

  • Eifert signing seals draft class

    Posted Jul 15, 2013

    The most intriguing piece of the new-look Bengals offense fell into place Monday when the club announced the signing of Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, its first-round pick.

  • As advertised

    Posted May 10, 2013

    On his first day as a Bengal on Friday, tight end Tyler Eifert lined up in more spots than a flip-flopping politician during a drip-dry rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium.

  • Eifert and family bring Hoosiers script

    Posted Apr 26, 2013

    The Bengals opened their version of "Hoosiers" on Friday when they welcomed first-round pick Tyler Eifert to Paul Brown Stadium.

  • Bengals get a playmaker for Dalton

    Posted Apr 25, 2013

    In an effort to give quarterback Andy Dalton more weapons and take heat off two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green, the Bengals opted for Notre Dame junior Tyler Eifert with the 21st pick in Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft.

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