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Author: Jon Kuzma
Tyler Eifert was sidelined for eight football games last year but he still managed to come back and record 5 receiving touchdowns. That’s more production than most receivers / tight ends do in all sixteen games and it just shows how good Eifert truly is. Tyler Eifert caught 13 touchdowns passes in 2015 and while he was hampered by injuries all last year he is still in the same class as Rob Gronkowki and Travis Kelce. That elite company are all guys who play the tight end position very dynamically and the Bengals will get a huge boost if Eifert can suit up for every game in 2017. You never want to see a player sit out that has the ability to put up over 10 touchdowns a year. Having Eifert on the field gives Andy Dalton a playmaker that can consistently move the sticks and Eifert is also a big time threat in the red zone. So losing Tyler Eifert certainly cost Cincinnati a ton of points but now everything is looking much more optimistic. The Benglas have been making tweaks to their roster hoping to regain control of the AFC North. One thing that is going to undoubtedly improve the Bengals chances is having all their pieces on the field. Cincinnati has been drafting a lot of wide receivers the last couple of years hoping to get some other players besides Aj Green and Eifert that can contribute. By developing other pass catchers the Bengals can actually make life much easier on both Green and Eifert. Right now opposing teams know the two guys they have to stop are 18 and 85. So one of those late round draft picks has to step and provide a spark for this team. Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd showed a little promise in 2016 but Mike Brown’s team definitely needs to get better at the second, third, and fourth receiver positions. Better receivers and a healthy Tyler Eifert are key to the Bengals reclaiming this division. They’ll need a potent offensive attack to take down the Steelers.
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