Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Date of Birth:  09/08/1990
Age:  30
Height  6'6"
Weight:   250
College:  Notre Dame
Drafted:  2013 | Round 1 | Pick 21
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Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

The Jaguars are not expected to pick up the team option for Tyler Eifert, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The veteran was able to mostly stay healthy last season with 36/349/2 line in 15 games, but Jacksonville is deciding to open up even more cap space ahead of free agency by moving on. Overall, the offense could be in excellent shape for presumed No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence if they can add a tight end, left tackle, and perhaps another wideout via free agency and/or the draft.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert (neck) has officially been ruled out for Week 7.

Eifert has had very bad luck with injuries, and hopefully he's able to return to the field soon. Consider him week-to-week for now.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert is signing with the Jaguars, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

This deal was reportedly close to being finalized, and it'll officially be a two-year deal for the former Bengals tight end, who joins Jaguars offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, the former coordinator with the Bengals. Eifert peaked in Cincinnati with 13 touchdown receptions in 2015, but he unfortunately deal with injuries through most of his career. However, he bounced back with 43 receptions for 436 yards and three touchdowns in 2019, and he'll look to be a big factor in Jacksonville moving forward. Eifert turns 30 in September.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert is re-signing with the Bengals on a one-year deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Cincinnati already re-signed C.J. Uzomah earlier this week, and now they're also keeping another six-foot-six target in the tight end mix. Eifert's big issue has been staying healthy, but he's only 28 years old and will hopefully have his luck turn for him in 2019 and beyond. The former 13-touchdown scorer (in 2015) could have some upside in Zac Taylor's offense if he's able to stay on the field, but he'll likely go at the very end of fantasy drafts (or on the waiver wire to open the year) this summer.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

The Bengals officially placed Tyler Eifert on injured reserve.

Eifert already underwent surgery for his broken ankle suffered in last Sunday's game, and he's officially being placed on IR to open a roster spot for Vontaze Burfict coming off a four-game suspension. Eifert's season officially ends with 15 receptions for 179 yards and a touchdown in four games. He'll become a free agent this offseason, and we wish him the best of luck on his recovery from this severe injury.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert suffers lower leg injury against the Falcons.

Eifert has just had terrible injury luck throughout his career, and he looks to have suffered a very serious ankle injury against Atlanta. It was an ugly looking injury, and his day—and potentially season—is certainly done. Before leaving, Eifert had four receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown. More information should be available within the next day or so.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert caught six passes for 74 yards in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

Eifert had a great game considering he looked like a part-time player in Week 2 by shuffling in and out with backups Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah. The former first-round pick has a good chance to find the end zone for the first time this season in what should be a shootout against Atlanta next Sunday, so consider him a low-end TE1 at an injury-riddled position.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert held in check as Bengals top the Ravens.

Eifert caught two passes for 23 yards, as both C.J. Uzomah (three receptions for 45 yards) and Tyler Kroft (two receptions for 11 yards) were involved for the Bengals. The former first-round pick is a touchdown-dependent TE2 for Week 3 against Carolina.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert caught three passes for 44 yards in Sunday's win over the Colts.

The biggest takeaway from Eifert's performance is that he stayed healthy, and he will be a great target for Andy Dalton over the middle as long as that's the case. As for Week 2, the former first-round pick might be asked to block a little more than usual against Baltimore's elite defense, so he remains a preferred TE2 rather than a TE1 option.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert (back) has passed his physical.

After missing the first few training camp practices, Eifert has been removed from the PUP list and is expected to return to today's practice. It was obviously concerning that Eifert was having back issues, but it's a very positive sign that he's apparently feeling good now after not missing much time. Eifert will always be a risk because of his unfortunate injury history, but he has TE1 upside because of his ability in the red zone.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert says there is no setback with his back.

According to Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Eifert says there "is no setback. I'm feeling good. This is just the route we chose to take," before going on to say he "100 percent" thinks he'll play in Week 1. Eifert is currently on the PUP list, but he can be taken off at any time; for now, consider him out indefinitely. It'd be easier to feel good about drafting Eifert if he's seen in preseason action, but there's no guarantee that happens.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert (back) is officially on the PUP list to start training camp.

This was expected. Now, we just wait for Eifert to get right so he can be back on the field with his teammates. Tyler Kroft will take most of the first-team reps while Eifert is sidelined.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert's status remains "up in the air" for the start of training camp.

We'll see what happens, but Eifert (back) is not expected to practice when Bengals training camp begins on Thursday. Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin says that "hopefully Tyler Eifert can come back and be a factor for us" and that "we'll see" if he can. It sounds like there could be no timetable on Eifert's return, as backs can be tricky. Eifert will probably start camp on the PUP list.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

The Bengals are unsure if Tyler Eifert (back) will be ready for training camp, according to Ian Rapoport.

Eifert signed a one-year deal in the offseason to remain with Cincinnati, but he’s coming off the third back surgery of his career after playing just two games in 2017. Unfortunately, he “[tweaked] his back” according to Rapoport, which puts the start of training camp in doubt. And we’re just speculating, but it could extend into the regular season. If Eifert does get healthy, he has double-digit touchdown upside, but he might not be worth the risk over other promising options in fantasy drafts this summer.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert is not participating in minicamp.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was a bit confused about why Eifert wasn't practicing, saying that he saw him in the morning but he wasn't out at practice. Lewis then said it must have been a medical thing, so it could be him taking it slow with his back after he had season-ending surgery last year. Eifert is not expected to practice tomorrow, either. Obviously, it'd be good to see Eifert out there 100% right now, but the best hope might be him being full-go for the start of training camp.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert says he is "on schedule" in his recovery from back surgery, according to Cincinnati.com.

Eifert has participated in the start of OTAs on a limited basis, but says he feels "good." Eifert says starting the offseason training limited has been part of the plan to stay monitored as we progress through here. I don't want to go out there and have any setbacks or anything, so just methodically moving forward." The big tight end is expected to be 100% for training camp this summer, which would be an excellent sign as he looks to stay healthy for a Bengals offense that is counting on him in 2018. Eifert offers a lot of touchdown upside at the tight end position for fantasy drafts this season, and his durability will be the biggest concern.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert is re-singing with the Bengals on a one-year deal, according to Adam Schfeter.

Eifert might not have been getting great offers given his injury history, so he's back with Cincinnati and will have a chance to prove he can stay healthy and put together a great season before hitting free agency again next year. As always, Eifert will have some very good touchdown upside, but there will be concerns about him staying on the field. He'll be an upside pick toward the end of 2018 fantasy drafts.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert has been cleared to play in 2018, according to Adam Schefter.

Eifert had season-ending back surgery last season, which was his second back surgery within a year, but according to Schefter, Dr. Robert Watkins cleared the tight end to participate in this spring's OTAs. Eifert is scheduled to become a free agent at the start of the new league year on March 14, and teams will be intrigued by his touchdown- and big-play ability when he's on the field. However, given his injury history, he'll likely have to settle for a short-term deal, perhaps with play-time incentives and not much guaranteed money.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert will undergo season-ending back surgery, according to Adam Schefter.

It will be Eifert’s third back surgery, and another lost season for the talented tight end. The former first-round pick just can’t stay healthy, but hopefully third time is the charm and he can finally get 100% and stay on the field. Back injuries can be very tricky, so it’s really anyone’s guess as to if/when Eifert will be back on the field, but he becomes a free agent after the season. Unfortunately, he will probably have to settle for a one-year deal. Schefter says the injury is expected to sideline him for four-to-six months, but we think there’s a chance it’s longer and lingers into the 2018 season.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert (back) is weighing a decision on a back surgery that would end his season, according to Adam Schefter and Field Yates.

It would be Eifert's third back surgery, and unfortunately, we would assume he ends up deciding it's necessary. If so, it would be a big blow to the Cincinnati offense, but they've played without him for much of his career. Hopefully whatever Eifert chooses to do, it leads to long-term health as both a player and person in life after football. Tyler Kroft is currently starting in his place for the Bengals.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert (back) is out for Week 5 against the Bills.

Eifert doesn't appear to be close to returning, and he can probably be dropped at this point if you don't have an IR spot for him. Tyler Kroft scored twice last week and will start again, but he's not a recommended fantasy option against Buffalo.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is expected to miss multiple weeks, according to Adam Schefter.

This isn't a surprise, as Eifert is dealing with a back injury. Schefter says Eifert doesn't need back surgery right now, which is obviously great news. Hopefully Eifert can get back to 100% and contribute in the 0-3 Bengals in the coming weeks.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert (knee/back) is our Sunday against Green Bay.

This was expected, as Eifert couldn’t practice all week. It’s really unfortunate that Eifert has had to battle so many injuries throughout his career. The Bengals will likely give A.J. Green a ton of targets against the Packers, while Eifert will try to get healthy for Week 4—though he’s probably less than 50/50 at this point.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert (back, knee) is not practicing today.

It's Eifert's second straight day of missing practice and as ESPN's Adam Schefter notes, Eifert is looking doubtful for Sunday against the Packers. If he doesn't practice tomorrow, Eifert will likely be ruled out before the weekend.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert is uncertain for Sunday against the Packers, according to Adam Schefter.

This is not good news at all, as Eifert is battling both back and knee injuries according to Schefter. Eifert dealt with back issues for most of last season, so anything related to that is troublesome. Consider him doubtful for at least Week 3, and maybe beyond.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert gets four targets in Week 2.

The big Bengals tight end caught three of his targets for 42 yards in the game, including a long of 22 yards. Eifert did catch a pass in the end zone for a would-be touchdown, but it was called back because Eifert committed illegal touching for being out of bounds before touching the ball. The Bengals have looked terrible on offense through two games, so Eifert should start putting up some better numbers when the offense improves. He gets Green Bay in Week 3.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert gets only one target in Week 1.

The Ravens shut Eifert and the Bengals down, as the tight end had a four-yard reception and that was it. Eifert will try to turn it around on Thursday night versus the Texans.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert did not play in the Bengals' third preseason game.

It was unclear why exactly Eifert was sitting from the game while the rest of the starters played, but Cincinnati.com reports he sat so he remains healthy for the season opener on September 10. Eifert offers very high touchdown potential, but could struggle for consistent fantasy value if he's not scoring. He's going as the TE6 in fantasy drafts right now.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Eifert plays in preseason opener for the Bengals.

It's good to see the injury-riddled tight end on the field for the first preseason game. Hopefully Eifert can stay healthy and make a big impact for the Bengals this season. He's currently being drafted as a TE1, but outside the top options at the position.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert is not on the Bengals PUP list to start training camp.

This is great for Efiert, who is looking to stay healthy after playing in only eight games last season while battling back issues. We saw in 2015 the type of touchdown upside Eifert has, when he scored 13 touchdowns in 15 games. While the Bengals have more weapons around him in 2017, he still offers double-digit touchdown potential if he stays healthy. Eifert's ADP is currently in around the 8th round.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Eifert says he'll be, "ready and healthy and strong and be ready to go by the time it's go time" in reference to his return from a back injury.

Good news for Bengals fans, as Eifert is close to being ready--and said as much. The star tight end doesn't know if he will be ready for team workouts in May or June, but he does know he will be ready for training camp, which obviously means he will be healthy for Week 1. Eifert has proven to be a great target in the red zone, and will elevate the entire offense if he can have a healthy camp and carry it into the regular season. He should open 2017 as a back-end TE1 with a lot of scoring upside.

Tyler Eifert has been placed on Injured Reserve.

This was an expected move, as Eifert wasn't going to play in Week 17 and risk further injury to his back. He ends his season with 29 catches for 394 yards and five touchdowns in eight games. He should be drafted as a TE1 next season, and has a ton of upside if he can stay healthy for 16 games.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert (back) OUT for Christmas Eve against the Texans.

The Bengals are out of playoff contention, and Eifert is 50/50 at best for Week 17 with this back injury.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert (back) listed as DNP for Thursday's practice.

Given his back issues this year, the Bengals might not push very hard for him to play since they are out of playoff contention. If Eifert can play, he'd be a TE1 against Houston.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert held to one catch in loss to Pittsburgh.

It went for nine yards. Eifert should see less attention with A.J. Green back next week, but he'll be just a touchdown-dependent TE1 against Houston's stout defense. The Bengals and Texans play at night on Christmas Eve.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert catches two touchdowns in win.

Eifert caught five passes for 48 yards and two scores in the Bengals' win over Cleveland. He's now scored in each of the past three games and has four touchdowns in that span. Eifert will be a high-end TE1 for Week 15 versus Pittsburgh.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert caught five passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Baltimore.

Eifert scored on a three-yard pass in the 3rd quarter, and led the Bengals in receiving with A.J. Green (hamstring) out. The Eagles are tough against tight ends, but Eifert remains on the TE1 map next week against Philadelphia.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert caught three passes for 37 yards in Sunday’s loss.

Eifert couldn’t get going, even with A.J. Green leaving in the 1st quarter. He has some tough matchups the rest of the way, but Eifert could see more targets with A.J. Green (hamstring) out. However, it could lead to more coverage shaded his way. Still, he remains a TE1.

Tyler Eifert | Free Agent TE

Tyler Eifert makes impact for second consecutive week.

Eifert had three catches for 96 yards against the Giants in Week 10. He had a long of 71 yards on the first drive of the game. Eifert has put up 16 and 9 standard points in his two games back. He is an obvious TE1. Keep him in your lineup against the Bills this week.

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