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Cincinnati Bengals Player Preview: Notre Dame Tight End Tyler Eifert

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Oct 13, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert (80) makes a catch in the end zone for a touchdown against Stanford Cardinal cornerbacks Devon Carrington (5) and Terrence Brown (6) at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame defeats Stanford in overtime 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Eifert is a guy who is used to having to do the work for his quarterback.  Rarely did Eifert catch a ball last season that wasn’t contested either because it was thrown into coverage, or because it was somewhere in the vicinity of Eifert, but not to him.  The two Irish quarterbacks, Everett Golson, and Tommy Rees, aren’t exactly pro level quarterbacks, so having Andy Dalton should be a welcome change for the former Notre Dame tight end.

With Gresham establishing himself as a very talented tight end, and Tyler Eifert seemingly catching everything as a college senior, this new duo has the potential to be the best tight end combination in the NFL.  As far as the bright lights of the NFL, don’t look for Eifert to be phased by this at all.  Yes, he’s a small town guy, from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, but Notre Dame is a storied program with every game on national television, and all the national media one would expect to come with it.

Eifert’s size, speed, and athletic ability is an absolute matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, and a new favorite target for the 3rd year quarterback Andy Dalton. Dalton has shown to be a quarterback who won’t beat defenses deep, but with the physically gifted Eifert, there is no reason for Dalton to have to beat any defense by throwing the ball over the top.