The NFLPA Rookie Premiere took place this weekend in Los Angeles, and it featured rookies from 25 NFL teams participating in football activities as Panini, an NFL and NFL Players Trading Card licensee, captures them to produce their first NFL trading cards:
On Thursday, the NFL Network was in town for the Rookie Premiere, and here was their takeaway from watching Cincinnati Bengals rookie tight end Tyler Eifert:
Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick Tyler Eifert is an athletic-looking human being. I know he was well-documented as the top tight end of his draft class, but I still see people sleeping on him … he’s an early Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate. Does Eifert believe he can make an instant statistical impact?
“I think so, yes,” he replied, looking down at my anatomically inferior build. “I think my ability to pick up the offense, and especially with what the league is transforming to with the two tight ends. I’m in a good spot.”
He ain’t wrong.
Giovani Bernard also participated in the event. It’s a pretty high honer, as this is typically reserved for players believed to make an impact early and often in the league. Hopefully, that holds true with the Bengals’ pair of talented rookies.