|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 250 lb.|
|Born:||September 8, 1990|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 1 (21)|
Eifert agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Jaguars on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Eifert was rumored to be in talks with the Jaguars earlier in the day, and the two sides finally came to an agreement. The veteran will reunite with his former offensive coordinator Jay Gruden in Jacksonville, as the two spent time in Cincinnati. A part-time role limited Eifert's producing to just a 43-436-3 receiving line on 63 targets last season. With fellow tight ends James O'Shaughnessy (knee) and Josh Oliver (back) both coming off season-ending injuries, Eifert could certainly be in the mix for a starting role in 2020.
Eifert is discussing a potential contract with the Jaguars, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: This is the first report we've seen on Eifert, who quietly is coming off the only 16-game season of his career. Of course, a part-time role helped him make it through the year without any serious injuries, but it also limited his production to a 43-436-3 receiving line on 63 targets (10.1 yards per catch, 6.9 per target). Eifert's solid showing over the final four weeks of the season might convince teams that he's still a starter-quality player, or at least a major asset for the passing game. Jacksonville arguably has the weakest group of tight ends in the NFL, with James O'Shaughnessy (knee) and Josh Oliver (back) both coming off season-ending injuries.
Eifert had two catches on two targets for 34 yards in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Browns. He was on the field for only 27 offensive snaps.
Analysis: With the Bengals playing with a rare lead, they were able to run the ball more often, which meant less time for Eifert. He enters his walk year having made it through a full season without injury, catching 43 passes for 436 yards and three touchdowns.
Eifert brought in four of eight targets for 57 yards and a game-tying touchdown in the Bengals' 38-35 overtime loss to the Dolphins in Sunday. He also caught a two-point conversion pass.
Analysis: Long known for his nose for the end zone, Eifert came down with one of the bigger touchdown receptions of his career when he hauled in a desperation Andy Dalton heave into the end zone as time expired in regulation to bring Cincinnati within two points. Prior to that, Eifert had secured an important two-point conversion catch following a Tyler Boyd three-yard touchdown grab, bringing the Bengals to within one possession. Another improbable feat Eifert has managed this season has been good health, as he's now tied a career high with 15 games played. Eifert will look to put together a positive finish to a strong season in Week 17 against the Browns.
Eifert caught three of five targets for 44 yards during Sunday's 34-13 loss to New England.
Analysis: Eifert made a pair of leaping catches during Sunday's blow out for gains of 19 and 24 yards. The veteran tight end has topped 40 yards in back-to-back games with Andy Dalton back under center, which doesn't sound like much until you realize that he had just one such performance during the season's first 12 games. Sunday brings a matchup against a struggling Miami defense in a game that will have major draft-day implications. Even with an uptick in production and a poor opponent, Eifert is a risky start in a lost season for the Bengals.
Eifert had four catches for 49 yards in Sunday's loss to the Browns, catching all four of his targets.
Analysis: Eifert was on the field for 35 snaps, frequently together with C.J. Uzomah, after playing in the mid-20's each of the previous four weeks.
Eifert caught one of two targets for 12 yards during Sunday's win against the Jets.
Analysis: Andy Dalton returning under center appeared to provide a glimmer of hope for Eifert's fantasy prospects, but he was instead barely involved in the offense (25 offensive snap). C.J. Uzomah, however, saw 47 offensive snaps while catching five of six targets for 51 yards. Uzomah has played 163 snaps to Eifert's 93 over the last four games, but Sunday was the first display of worthwhile production for either player since Eifert caught a touchdown Week 10.
Eifert had one catch for seven yards on his only target in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: After a really nice game before the bye, and then two games in a row with four targets, this game was a bitter disappointment. The news that Andy Dalton is taking back over at quarterback does give some cause for hope for Eifert this week against the Jets.
Eifert tallied three receptions on four targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: This was Eifert's 10th game of the season, reaching the mark for the first time since the 2015 season. Eifert's been unfortunate in the injury arena over the past few years, but now that he's healthy, it's clear the 29-year-old isn't the tight end he used to be. Eifert finished behind C.J. Uzomah in snaps for the second straight week, recording 23 to Uzomah's 38, and he's averaging 2.8 receptions for 23 yards per game this year.
Eifert caught both of his targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 23-17 loss in Baltimore.
Analysis: The Bengals converted third-down plays for first downs on those receptions, but Eifert otherwise wasn't targeted by Andy Dalton on the afternoon. Eifert actually received a season-high offensive snap share (52 percent) but has yet to put up more than 30 receiving yards in any of the Bengals' six games. He'll seek to turn around that trend Sunday against a Jaguars defense that has allowed the seventh-most yards per catch (13.1) to tight ends this season.
Eifert caught two of four targets for 14 yards during Sunday's 26-23 loss to Arizona.
Analysis: The conditions could not have been more ideal for the former Pro Bowler Eifert to have a breakout Week 5, going up against a Cardinals defense that entered the day allowing 66 more receiving yards and three more touchdowns to opposing tight ends than any other team in the league. He did garner one end-zone target but was unable to haul in the Andy Dalton pass, and has yet to exceed 27 receiving yards in any game this year after breaking 35 receiving yards in three of his four appearances during 2018. In Week 6 he and the Bengals will be facing a Ravens defense that has conceded just one tight end touchdown this season.
Eifert caught two of five targets for 27 yards in Monday night's 27-3 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: Eifert's night got off to a rough start, as he dropped a would-be, 10-yard touchdown on Cincinnati's second offensive series. From there, he helped the Bengals pick up a couple first downs, matching his previous season high of 27 yards overall. That mark evidences just how limited Eifert's production has been through four games, but he at least has a favorable matchup against the Cardinals in Week 5.
Eifert had one catch for 18 yards on his only target of the game in Sunday's loss to the Bills.
Analysis: This wasn't a great matchup for the Bengals tight ends, but next Monday night should be more fruitful against the Steelers, who struggled to defend Will Dissly in Week 2 against the Seahawks.
Eifert had three catches for nine yards in Sunday's loss to the Niners, but caught one of those for a touchdown.
Analysis: Eifert looked painfully slow in the open field, but he still remains a good red zone target thanks to his precise route running. But he seems less capable of producing the big plays that he had before his litany of injuries with the Bengals.
Eifert had a healthy day off from practice Wednesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Eifert's absence from on-field drills was described as a "vet day." Expect that to occur frequently this year as the Bengals try to keep him healthy throughout the season.
Eifert had five catches on six targets Sunday against the Seahawks, albeit for only 27 yards.
Analysis: Eifert was less involved than teammate C.J. Uzomah, who had 54 offensive snaps to only 38 for Eifert. The two tight ends combined for nine catches, however, so there's some room for both to produce, at least until A.J. Green returns.
Eifert got the start in Thursday's preseason loss to the Giants, finishing without a target on seven snaps.
Analysis: Eifert opened the game in a two-TE formation alongside C.J. Uzomah, who caught both of his targets for 54 yards and a touchdown while also logging just seven snaps. Uzomah's durability and decent blocking should keep him on the field more often than not, but there's room for Eifert to draw regular targets even if his snap counts are inconsistent. Given all their injury issues at wide receiver, the Bengals would be smart to make the multi-TE formations a regular theme in September.
Eifert played one snap, drawing a target in the end zone, during last Thursday's preseason win over Washington.
Analysis: Eifert entered the game as soon as Cincinnati reached the red zone and promptly was overthrown by Andy Dalton. The brief appearance may not seem like much, but it was a nice milestone for an injury-prone player coming back from a severe ankle fracture. Even if C.J. Uzomah technically serves as the starter, Eifert should have a major role on passing downs and in the red zone. Another appearance may be coming in Thursday's preseason game against the Giants.
Eifert isn't sure if he will play during the preseason, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. "They just tell me the day before maybe," Eifert said. "I go into practice preparing to play and let them figure that stuff out."
Analysis: Eifert's injury history ensures the Bengals will take a cautious approach, but they could still make an argument for giving him some snaps in an exhibition to help knock off the rust. He's been cleared for all activities at training camp, albeit with a plan to manage his workload and decrease the likelihood of additional medical issues. He played just two games in 2017 before suffering a season-ending ankle injury Week 4 last year.
Eifert (ankle) won't play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Given Eifert's injury history it's no surprise that the Bengals are inclined to limit his preseason work. The team's primary goal when it comes to the talented, but frequently sidelined tight end, is preparing him to be healthy and available for Week 1 action.
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