Five Bengals Who Will Be Vital on Two-Point Conversions
Aug 24, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Finally, there’s tight end Tyler Eifert.
The first two years of Eifert’s career haven’t likely gone the way he would have hoped upon being drafted in 2013’s first round. After an unspectacular rookie season, he missed essentially all of last season with elbow and shoulder injuries. 2015 needs to be the year that Eifert breaks out if he wants to avoid the “bust” label.
Tyler Eifert is a fantastic red zone target. At 6’6″ and with great leaping ability, Eifert can high point catches and negate defenders in the process. He has enough athleticism to work well in the short field, which will force defenders to consider easing off the run game in an effort to ensure the third-year tight end doesn’t beat them off the line.
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Eifert can use this advantage to effectively block defenders. If he wants to fulfill the promise he once offered, Eifert must prove he is at least a serviceable blocker. The Bengals want to run the ball, yet will want to keep Eifert on the field as much as possible. If he’s improved as a blocker, keeping him on the field won’t be an issue. If not, then Cincinnati will face a difficult decision between Eifert and rookie Tyler Kroft.
Tyler Eifert needs a big year in 2015. Fans have been dreaming of the impact he’d have on the field, but injuries and veterans have precluded this dream. This is the year where everything is at Eifert’s feet. He’ll have the chance to make an impact on offense and could become one of the offense’s vital weapons when looking to convert two-point attempts.
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