First-round 2013 draft choice has not seen action in 2016, due to rehab from surgery to repair an ankle injury suffered in last season’s Pro Bowl, and also due to back injury suffered this season ... Scored 13 TDs in 2015, just one short of NFL lead, despite missing significant playing time in Games 12-15 due to injuries ... Was selected in initial vote for Pro Bowl, first Pro Bowl selection of his career ... Set Bengals record last season for most TDs by a TE ... Third on team last season in receptions (52) and receiving yards (615) ... Excels particularly with 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 ... Bengals exercised the option to extend contract by one year through 2017 on 4-13-16.
2016 highlights: Inactive for Games 1-4 (ankle).
Previous seasons: 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 61-yarder to set up TD, longest Bengals reception by TE since 2004 (Matt Schobel, 76) ... 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-55 Nov. 10 at Baltimore, including 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 fourth-and-goal play in fourth quarter ... Caught one-for-six on Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota before leaving game in first half with 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. 2014—Started at TE on Sept. 7 at Baltimore and had three catches for 37 yards in first quarter before exiting after 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 Sept. 20 vs. San Diego, logged a nine-yard TD catch in fourth quarter for 24-13 lead, and led team in receptions (four) and receiving yards (49) ... 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 ... On Nov. 22 at Arizona, logged only three catches for 22 yards, but scored two TDs, beating tight coverage for a three-yard score in the first quarter and adding a 10-yarder in the fourth ... Caught his 12th TD Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis, 22-yarder in second quarter ... 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 on 1-9-16 vs. Pittsburgh, tied for team lead in receptions (five) and finished second in receiving yards (58).
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 rehabilitation process,” said Paul Sparling, Bengals head athletic trainer. “But he dedicated himself to doing the work necessary to return with a great 2015 season. His efforts to overcome his injury contributed significantly to the success we had as a team (12-4 record) last year.”
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.
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.