Jul 25, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert catches a pass during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
The other first-rounder making noise early is the top pick of the 2013 draft in Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, who made Geoff Hobson’s Play of the Day:
"PLAY OF THE DAY: After an impressive first day, rookie tight end Tyler Eifert wasted no time following it up Friday. On the second snap of 11-on-11, Eifert lined up in the slot and ran a sideline route with safety Reggie Nelson in hot pursuit. Quarterback Andy Dalton lofted it to the outside and Eifert beat Nelson to the spot in plucking it out of the air with an economical swipe away from his body."
Eifert, who was selected 21st overall by the team in April’s draft, was viewed as the best TE prospect, and could very well challenge Jermaine Gresham for his starting spot. If the Bengals are doing more 2 TE sets like offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has said they would, Eifert will benefit greatly, and could develop into one of the better red zone threats in the league. His jump-ball ability and his amazing hands will get him many red zone opportunities for a team that struggled mightily to punch it in when it counted the most last season.