Berk's Blog - 07/26/13
Fridays edition of Bengals training camp outside Paul Brown stadium featured a bit of a break out performance from Tight End Tyler Eifert. The rookie from Notre Dame hauled in several passes during practice, including a few eye-opening, sound-effect-generating catches.
A lot of aahs, said coach Marvin Lewis, because hes pretty good. Has a great feel for the passing game, and great body control. Hes done well, the coach added.
According to Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden, Eifert has a chance to make those plays as a rookie. If Jermaine Gresham runs into more trouble dropping passes, Eifert could see the field a lot this season.
I think Im more ahead in receiving, blocking has been something Ive had to work on, Eifert said of his overall game. Receiving comes more natural to me.
Its more natural to every young pass catching TE, but no one seems concerned about the blocking aspect of the position. Hell develop into a fine NFL blocker, Lewis said. When guys can be a factor in the pass game like our two tight ends can, its a different kind of match up youre used to, so they get smaller guys around them.
Having played at Notre Dame, Eifert didnt see a lot of cupcakes on the schedule in South Bend, and he played in a ton of big games during Notre Dames run to the 2012 BCS Championship game against Alabama. Its Notre Dame, everyone is watching you at all times. Its a lot like that here.
Everybody was watching Tyler on Friday. And everybody had a sound effect after what they saw.
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CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 12: Tight end Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 12, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)