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Is Bengals TE Tyler Eifert ready for a Pro Bowl year in 2018?

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Is Bengals TE Tyler Eifert ready for a Pro Bowl year in 2018?
October 29, 2018 06:56PM
Once upon a time Cincinnati Bengals Hoodie , it looked like Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert was headed toward NFL superstardom. When he scored 13 touchdowns and made the Pro Bowl in 2015, he was being mentioned in the same breath as the league’s elite at the position, such as Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce. However, an ankle injury suffered in that all-star contest and a subsequent back injury has forced Eifert to miss 22 games since his breakout campaign. He signed a one-year deal to return to the club, which is a “prove-it” contract to garner another long-term deal. But, he seems to finally be healthy and ready to contribute at a high level once again. Whether it’s in his comfort level in Bill Lazor’s offensive scheme, or the power of his new mullet, Eifert could be a huge factor in Cincinnati’s potential success this year. Height: 6’6”Weight: 255College: Notre DameHometown: Fort Wayne, IndianaExperience: Six seasonsCap Status:Eifert signed a one-year Youth Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys , $5.5 million contract to remain with the Bengals this offseason. Per Spotrac, he has a $4.625 million cap hit this year. While a one-year rental deal was a prudent move by the Bengals to retain Eifert, the position group has long-term questions. Three of the four players on the active roster at the position (Eifert, Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah) are currently in the last year of their deals.Background:Eifert was a first round pick in 2013, as part of a class with Giovani Bernard and Shawn Williams. He initially took a back seat at tight end to Jermaine Gresham, but stepped into the primary role in 2015 after Gresham left in free agency. As previously stated, Eifert scored 13 touchdowns in as many games played en route to a Pro Bowl berth. The following year, Eifert had five touchdowns in eight games played, but only played in two games last season. Even with the myriad of injuries and massive amount of missed time www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com , Eifert still ranks top-six in Bengals history in most receiving categories among tight ends.Receptions: 127; sixth-highest among tight ends in franchise historyTouchdowns: 20; tied, fourth-highest among tight ends in franchise historyReceiving yards: 1,537; sixth-highest among tight ends in franchise historyReceiving yards per game: 39.4; second-highest among tight ends in franchise historyWhile these don’t necessarily shout greatness at first blush, Eifert is sitting behind some prolific players in team history. Dan Ross, Jermaine Gresham, Bob Trumpy, Rodney Holman and Tony McGee are all guys who are in front of him in various capacities in these statistical areas.Still, Eifert is a frustrating player to have on your team. You know what kind of explosiveness he can provide when healthy, he’s a quality locker room guy and he’s theoretically in the prime of his career.But when you’ve missed more games than played (he suited up for just 41 of 83 total games Cincinnati Bengals Womens T-Shirt , including the playoffs) and the amount of missed games (42) is more than double that of touchdowns you’ve amassed, that’s a problem. In Eifert’s five NFL seasons, he’s had the following injuries:2013A shoulder stinger that caused him to miss one game.2014A shoulder labrum tear that caused him to miss three preseason games. He eventually had surgery to repair.A dislocated elbow in Week 1 that ended his 2014 season.2015A shoulder injury that caused him to miss a game.A concussion that kept him out for two games.2016An ankle injury suffered in the Pro Bowl in January that kept him out of action for the first six games of the regular season.A back injury that caused him to miss two games.Another back injury that kept him out for the last two games of the season and later required surgery.2017Knee and back injuries that both required surgery and caused him to miss 14 games.Now, Eifert is attempting to return from a nagging back issue after three back surgeries in his football career.2018 outlook:Eifert will be relied upon in the offense, but a breakout campaign by Kroft in 2017 could eat into some of his snaps. The team will also tread lightly with the amount of snaps played by Eifert because of his injury issues, but he’ll undoubtedly be prevalent in red zone situations. Still, the cabinet looks stacked for Andy Dalton on offense, now that a myriad of weapons are going to be available at his disposal. Back in 2015, Dalton had a number of pass-catchers back from previous injuries and he played at a near-MVP level. With Eifert back and looking to contribute Cincinnati Bengals Hats , Dalton might be able to replicate a lot of his success from three years ago. And, if Eifert can once again prove he’s healthy and potent in the red zone, he’ll get a big payday in 2019.Sam Wyche, Anthony Munoz and more Bengals returning for 1988 Super Bowl anniversary celebration in Week 2 Want to celebrate Cincinnati Bengals history?The Bengals will honor the 1988 Super Bowl team’s 30th anniversary with a special celebration at the home opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, September 13. The Bengals opened the 2018 season with a win against the Colts and will now be looking to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their AFC Championship team by going 2-0.More than 45 members of the 1988 Super Bowl team are expected to attend Thursday’s game, including head coach Sam Wyche, Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Munoz and nose tackle Tim Krumrie.The game-long celebration will include highlights from the 1988 season, video messages and a halftime ceremony featuring the team. A special event will be held the night before the game where 500 randomly selected season ticket members and their guests will hear from members of the team as they reminisce about that season. All fans will have the opportunity to meet members of the team and get autographs in the Jungle Zone from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on game day.The Thursday Night Football game kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET and will be nationally televised on NFL Network.Here’s the full list of people from the 1988 team expected to attend:Bengals 1988 Super Bowl Team CelebrationNamePositionNamePosition
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