Cincinnati Bengals: With No Eifert Know Effort

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Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) and quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) and quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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No Eifert Know Effory
Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

Time to Take the Training Wheels Off

C.J. Uzomah is a 6’5, 265 pound unpolished but talented beast of a Tight End. This season, fans have seen flashes of Uzomah making catches across the middle and securing first downs for Andy Dalton.  With an average of just under 3 catches per game, it is time to make the big bodied Tight End more of a focus of the offense.

With no Eifert for at least another week (or more) the Bengals as a whole need to up their effort.  Coaches need to up their effort to get backups ready and players need to up their effort to take hold of this opportunity.  The Bengals Nation has seen this script before: A talented team that makes the playoffs but makes excuses for losing.  It’s time for this team to either ride or crash and C.J. Uzomah can be a great player to ride the first half of the season.

The Waiting Game

Tyler Eifert can’t be expected to be in football shape for at least a few weeks once he does come back.  On top of that, if he is 100% opposing defenses are going to shade toward him as much as possible.  Mix in a continuous double team of A.J. Green and there will be huge opportunities for players like Tyler Boyd and C.J. Uzomah in one-on-one coverage.

No Eifert Know Effort
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It has appeared that both Boyd and Uzomah have been held back early in this season.  Uzomah was seen as a Project last year and Boyd has a lot to learn in the Slot.  However, Boyd and Uzomah can both alleviate the pressure on A.J. Green and the running game if they are made a focal point on offense.  Marvin Lewis has seemingly placed training wheels on everyone but Andy Dalton, Jeremy Hill, and A.J. Green this year.  The wait is over.  The time is now.

"With an MVP caliber QB its time to stop waiting around for Tyler Eifert and let Boyd and Uzomah make plays."

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