Tyler Eifert

Tyler Eifert

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Eifert in 2013
No. 85Cincinnati Bengals
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-09-08) September 8, 1990
Place of birth: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Fort Wayne (IN) Bishop Dwenger
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2016
Receptions: 117
Receiving yards: 1,434
Receiving touchdowns: 18
Player stats at NFL.com

Tyler Gregory Eifert (born September 8, 1990) is an American football tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Notre Dame, received All-American honors, and was recognized as the top college tight end. Eifert was drafted by the Bengals in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early years

Eifert attended Saint Vincent De Paul Catholic School and Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He played tight end and defensive back in football and power forward in basketball. As a senior, he had nine touchdowns on offense and 97 tackles and five interceptions on defense. Considered only a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he chose Notre Dame over offers from Indiana, Minnesota, and Purdue.[1]

College career

Eifert enrolled in the University of Notre Dame, where he played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team from 2009 to 2012. As a freshman in 2009, Eifert played in only one game after suffering a back injury.[2] As a sophomore in 2010, he entered the season as a backup to Kyle Rudolph but took over as the starter after Rudolph suffered a season-ending injury.[3] He finished the season with 27 receptions for 352 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. In his junior season, he took over the starting position. As a starter, Eifert had 63 receptions for 803 yards and five touchdowns.[4] He broke the school's tight end single-season receptions and receiving yards record, previously held by Ken MacAfee. He was named a 2011 Mackey Award finalist but did not win the award.[5] As a senior, he had 50 receptions for 685 yards with 4 touchdowns. He also won the 2012 Mackey Award after being named a finalist the year before and was also named second- team All-American by the Associated Press.

After a 42–14 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game, Eifert decided to forgo his final season of eligibility and declared his intentions to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.[6]

Professional career

Tyler Eifert at Bengals training camp
Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5 34 in 250 lb33 18 in9 18 in 4.65 s 1.65 s 2.69 s 4.32 s 6.92 s 35 12 in 9 ft 11 in 22 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Eifert was selected in the first round with the 21st pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2013 NFL Draft.[8] On July 15, 2013, Eifert signed a four-year, $8.25 million rookie contract with the Bengals.[9] On September 8, 2013, Eifert made his NFL debut, recording 5 receptions for 47 yards against the Chicago Bears.[10] On September 16, 2013, Eifert caught 3 passes for a career-high 66 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[11] Of those three passes, Eifert grabbed his longest catch of the season, a 61-yard reception.[12] On October 20, 2013, Eifert caught his first career touchdown, a 32-yarder, against the Detroit Lions.[13] On December 15, 2013, Eifert caught his second touchdown of his career against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[14] On December 22, 2013, Eifert left the game early with a stinger injury.[15] This injury sidelined Eifert for the season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.[16]

On September 7, 2014, during his first game of the 2014 season against the Baltimore Ravens, Eifert suffered a dislocated elbow after landing awkwardly on his arm while trying to twist out of a leg tackle by safety Darian Stewart.[17] He was placed on injured reserve on September 10, 2014, and ended up being out for the season.[18]

On September 13, 2015, Eifert posted a career day with 9 receptions for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders.[19] On September 20, 2015, Eifert scored his third touchdown of the season against the San Diego Chargers.[20] On October 11, 2015, Eifert was also Andy Dalton's biggest target in a Week 5, 27-24 comeback victory against the 2-time defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks with 8 receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns.[21] On November 5, 2015, Eifert finished with 5 catches for 53 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 31-10 Bengals win over the Cleveland Browns, tying him with Rodney Holman (1989) and Bob Trumpy (1969) for the Bengals franchise record for single-season touchdowns by a tight end, with 9.[22][23] On November 22, 2015, Eifert caught three passes for 22 yards and two touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals. Eifert became the franchise leader for most single-season touchdowns by a tight end.[23] On November 29, 2015, Eifert caught a touchdown in the Bengals' 31-7 win over the St. Louis Rams.[24] Eifert left the game in the 3rd quarter with a stinger injury.[25] The injury sidelined Eifert for 2 games until the season finale.[26] On January 3, 2016, Eifert capped off the regular season with a touchdown in the Bengals' 24-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens.[27] Eifert earned a bid to the 2016 Pro Bowl on Team Irvin but injured his ankle during the game.[28]

On April 13, 2016, the Bengals announced that they would pick up the fifth-year option of Eifert's contract.[29] The injury Eifert suffered in the Pro Bowl kept Eifert sidelined until Week 8 of the 2016 season.[30] On October 30, 2016, Eifert caught nine passes for 102 yards and a touchdown against the Washington Redskins, his second 100-plus yard game of his career.[31]


  1. https://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Tyler-Eifert-78891
  2. Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert likely out for season
  3. Kyle Rudolph out for season
  4. ESPN.com stats
  5. http://fayobserver.com/articles/2011/12/09/1142791
  6. Post BCS loss, Tyler Eifert declares for the draft
  7. http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/tyler-eifert?id=2540148
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