The absence of Tyler Eifert can no longer be an excuse for the Bengals. He has been seen as a fix-all. But, it is clear that he cannot be counted on.
Tyler Eifert Cannot be Counted on for this Season.
The talented Tight End has not played in all 16 games in any season since coming into the NFL. In 2013, he came close to a full season with 15 games while only playing in one game in 2014. Last year, Bengals fans were able to see the potential of this offense until Andy Dalton‘s thumb broke the Championship dream. The 2016 season has been seen as a season of redemption for Who Dey nation. Yet, at this point, Tyler Eifert is but a dream for the Bengals that should be seen as a bonus but not a necessity.
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Early career injury struggles are not necessarily a harbinger of things to come for any player. At the same time, until any player shows he can be counted on…he shouldn’t be counted on. Hopefully, when Eifert’s ankle and back heal up Andy Dalton can count on him as the safety valve that he should be. Ankles are hurt and healed all the time as players move on to productive careers. The back injury, however, is the injury Bengals fans should be most worried about. For a 26-year-old to already be battling a back issue, no matter how minor, is not a good sign for his longevity. Even so, no excuse is acceptable for the 2016 Cincinnati Bengals.