Cian Fahey of Pre Snap Reads wrote in great detail how bad the Bengals were on offense last year when using 2-tight end formations, and how Tyler Eifert will greatly impact it’s effectiveness:
Over a four game sample, Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 15 of the 2012 Regular Season, the Bengals used two tight end sets 54 times.
Those 54 plays compromised of 36 running plays and 18 passing plays.
When the Bengals used their two tight-end sets during this sample of last season, they averaged 3.58 yards per running play and 6.22 yards per passing play, scoring three rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown.
Considering BenJarvus Green-Ellis averaged 3.9 yards per carry and Dalton averaged 6.8 yards per attempt throughout the whole season, this sample at the very least was showing that the Bengals’ two tight-end set was not efficient.
Still, Gruden isn’t quite sure how the Bengals will use Eifert yet, and won’tr know until he at least gets a good look at him during the upcoming rookie minicamp:
We’re going to keep the plan very similar, we’ll get Tyler going in the rookie minicamp and figure out what to do with him after we see him. He didn’t have to do a lot of blocking at Notre Dame. We’ll have to see what kind of blocker he is and things he has to work on. He’s got to be able to do that; otherwise if he’s just a pass catcher (the defense) will play nickel and there’s really no benefit. In order to be a difference-maker at that position you have to be able to block to help the running game.
There’s nothing on film that says Tyler can’t do it. It’s just a matter that he’s got to do it, come in and practice it to really get the most out of that personnel package.