The Bengals struggled to find a complimentary WR to play opposite AJ Green, so when the opportunity came to draft the top TE in the 2013 draft, they passed on need and went with stud TE Tyler Eifert. By the looks of it in Mini Camp, they plan to line him up all over the formation and utilize the mismatches he will create.
“A lot of the things I’m learning are a lot of the same plays we had in with two tight ends — move me around in different positions,” Eifert said. “Today I was out in the slot quite a bit. I think I’m picking it up pretty fast.”
“I think I picked it up better than I thought I would at first,” Eifert said. “It’s not a whole lot, but it’s definitely something new for me. I’m catching on pretty quickly and moving around quite a bit.”
Dalton thinks that having two tight ends will give the Bengals a bigger advantage against defenses. Most teams are trying to follow the Patriots model and the Bengals have two very solid guys and I think Eifert could be special.
“You get the matchup of the tight ends on the linebackers and safeties,” Dalton said recently. “ So I think he’s going to be a great addition. He’s going to make Jermaine a better player. I’m excited to get him in here and get working with him.”