First-round 2013 draft pick helped bring a new dimension to Bengals offense ... Started first 15 games before being inactive for season finale with a stinger ... Displayed rare receiving skills during his Notre Dame career, and he sealed his worth as a first-round draftee by showing the strength and aggressiveness to handle base-offense blocking duties of an NFL tight end.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Started Games 1-15, catching 39-for-445 with two TDs ... Inactive for Game 16 due to stinger suffered in Game 15 ... In NFL debut Sept. 8 at Chicago, caught five-for-47 ... Had three receptions for 66 yards Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, including a 61-yarder to set up a TD that was longest Bengals reception by a TE since 2004 (Matt Schobel, 76) ... Caught one-for-seven Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay ... Caught three-for-39 on Sept. 29 at Cleveland, including 29-yarder that was team’s longest scrimmage gain of the day ... Tied for team lead with five receptions Oct. 6 vs. New England, and his 53 receiving yards ranked second on team ... Caught three-for-45 Oct. 20 at Detroit, scoring first NFL touchdown on a 32-yard pass on which he beat tight coverage 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 one-for-15 Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland ... Caught one-for-nine Dec. 1 at San Diego ... Caught three-for-20 on Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... 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 Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota before leaving game in first half with a stinger.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in first round of 2013 NFL Draft (21st overall) … Signed on 7-15-13.
COACH MARVIN LEWIS SAYS: “Tyler was a very accomplished player at the highest level of college football, and he has a great opportunity to hit new heights as an NFL player. He can create mismatches for the defense and help give our offense a lot of flexibility. We’ve run a lot of two tight-end sets, and this pick hits us in a great area for improving our team.”COACH JAY GRUDEN SAYS:“A great tight end in the NFL has to make contested plays, and Tyler has proven he can do that. He’s got a 35.5-inch vertical leap and great hands. With his catch radius, he can excel in tight windows, especially in the red zone.”
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Notre Dame ... Started every game as a junior and senior ... His 140 catches are tops all-time for an Irish tight end, and program has been known for great talent at the position ... Totaled 1840 career receiving yards, with 11 TDs. 2012—Selected as Notre Dame’s Offensive MVP, catching 50-for-685 with four TDs for NCAA FBS runners-up ... His blocking helped offense average 189.4 rushing yards per game ... Team captain ... Had a key 38-yard reception in fourth quarter to secure 13-6 victory Sept. 22 at Michigan, as Irish established themselves as national title contenders ... Caught six-for-61 in national title loss to Alabama. 2011—As a junior for 8-5 Irish team, posted career highs for receptions (63), receiving yards (803) and TDs (five) ... Set school record for season receptions by a TE, and led FBS tight ends in catches ... Caught six-for-90 in Champs Sports Bowl vs. Florida State. 2010—Started eight of his 11 games played as a sophomore and was named team’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year ... Sixteen of his 27 catches went for TDs and/or first downs ... Seven of his nine third-down catches were for TDs and/or first downs. 2009—Played in one game as a true freshman.
EIFERT ON HIS COMPETITIVENESS: “When I was in fifth grade, I used to cry when we lost. It nagged at me and bothered me. I don’t care what it is—rock-paper-scissors or a race to the car—I’ll do what I can to win.”
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Ind. ... As a double-duty senior, Eifert helped lead his high school team to a 14-1 record, catching 41-for-682 with 10 TDs and adding 97 tackles with four INTs (one for a TD) ... Was a versatile performer, seeing action during his career at WR, TE, S, punter and kick returner.PERSONAL: Hometown is Fort Wayne, Ind. ... Finance major at Notre Dame ... Father, Greg, played basketball at Purdue, playing in 115 games under coach Gene Keady ... 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.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throws a pass to tight end Tyler Eifert who eludes tacklers to gain 40 yards against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton completes to tight end Tyler Eifert for a 61-yard gain to the Pittsburgh Steelers' 13-yard line.
The Bengals tight end talks about Monday Night Football and whether the Cincinnati-Pittsburgh rivalry means anything to him yet.