First-round draft choice from 2013 looks to jump-start his promising career in ’15, after a ’14 season in which he played only in Game 1 ... Suffered elbow injury in the opener at Baltimore and was placed Sept. 10 on Reserve/Injured list, designated for possible return, but underwent surgery in mid-December as follow-up to a preseason shoulder injury ... In 2013 he helped bring a new dimension to Bengals offense, joining veteran Jermaine Gresham in forming franchise’s first base offense including two TEs ... Had 39 receptions for 445 yards with two TDs in ’13 ... Widely noted by coaches, scouts and analysts for his 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.
2014 recap: Started at TE on Sept. 7 at Baltimore and had three catches for 37 yards in first quarter before exiting with elbow injury ... On Sept. 10, placed on Reserve/Injured list designated for possible return to the roster in season’s second half, but was not cleared to return.
2013: In NFL debut Sept. 8 at Chicago, on his 23rd birthday, caught five-for-47 ... Had three receptions for 66 yards on Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, including a 61-yarder to set up a TD, longest Bengals reception by a TE since 2004 (Matt Schobel, 76) ... Tied for team lead with five receptions Oct. 6 vs. New England, and his 53 receiving yards ranked second ... Caught three-for-45 on Oct. 20 at Detroit, scoring first TD in NFL on a 32-yard pass on which he beat tight coverage and made catch while falling to the ground in the end zone ... Caught three-for-55 Nov. 10 at Baltimore, including a 40-yard reception in which he stayed in bounds and scampered down the sideline after catch ... Caught three-for-33 on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh, with one-yard TD catch on a fourth-and-goal play in fourth quarter ... Caught one-for-six on Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota before leaving game in first half with a stinger ... Inactive for Game 16 due to injury, and saw only limited action (no receptions) in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.
College: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Notre Dame ... Started every game as a junior and senior ... His 140 catches were tops all-time for TEs at a school known for great talent at the position ... Winner of 2012 John Mackey Award, given annually to nation’s top college tight end, and voted a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly ... Averaged career-best 13.7 yards per catch in 2012, helping lead Irish to BCS national championship game 1840 career receiving yards, with 11 TDs ... Selected as team’s 2012 Offensive MVP, catching 50-for-685 with four TDs ... His blocking helped offense average 189.4 rushing yards per game ... Team captain.
Personal: Hometown is Fort Wayne, Ind. ... Attended Bishop Dwenger High School, where as a double-duty senior, he helped lead team to a 14-1 record, catching 41-for-682 with 10 TDs and adding 97 tackles with four INTs (one for a TD) ... Finance major at Notre Dame ... Father, Greg, played basketball at Purdue, seeing action in 115 games under prominent coach Gene Keady ... Enjoys hunting, golf and fishing ... Last name is pronounced “IE(rhymes with ‘tie’)-fert.”
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.
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.
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.