Jonathan Hayes Hyped for Tyler Eifert, & Jermaine Gresham's Maturation

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May 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert goes up for a catch during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

 

Cincinnati Bengals Tight Ends Coach Jonathan Hayes must feel like a kid in a candy store right about now. Hayes, an NFL tight end for 12 seasons, returns in 2013 for his 11th year as Bengals TEs coach, and this is by far the best unit he’s had since coming to the Queen City in 2002. Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert is impressing through the team’s first couple of OTA sessions, and says the rookie is right where he needs to be in his development:

“After working him out and spending time with him before the draft, he is on target and about where I thought he would be,” Hayes said on Thursday. “He has been great mentally and keeps an even keel. It is hard to tell from him whether things are going good or bad. He would be a great poker player that way.”

 

Eifert is doing his best to soak up everything he can without overloading himself:

“I try to stay composed and understand my assignments so that I can play fast,” Eifert said. “So far it is just memorizing concepts. Once you have that down it’s basically the same stuff.”

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