Bengals' Eifert healthy and hungry entering third season
JUN 22, 11:29p ET | FOX Sports
Rotowire: Aug 11 / 9:04a ET
News: Andy Dalton has frequently targeted Eifert throughout training camp, the Bengals' official website reports.
Impact: Eifert has been one of the standout performers at Bengals camp, with multiple reports referring to him as "uncoverable" or "always open". Now that Eifert is healthy and Jermaine Gresham is no longer on the roster, the third-year Notre Dame product is looking at an expanded role in the offense, potentially even emerging as Andy Dalton's second-favorite target behind A.J. Green. Of course, Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson loves to run the ball, and WR Marvin Jones is also healthy after losing all of 2014 to an injury.
Rotowire: Jul 30 / 11:43a ET
News: Eifert (elbow/shoulder) indicated that he feels as though he is at 100 percent for the first time since the beginning of the Bengals' 2014 OTAs, Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: With Jermaine Gresham no longer rostered by the Bengals, opportunity knocks for the 2013 first-rounder. While 2015 draftees Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah slot in as backup options for the Bengals at the tight end position, with Gresham not around to absorb targets, Eifert appears primed for a bounce-back this year, on the heels of a 2014 campaign in which he caught just three passes for 37 yards in one regular season contest.
Rotowire: Jun 22 / 9:03a ET
News: Although the Bengals took a cautious approach during OTAs and minicamp, Eifert appears to be fully recovered from last season's shoulder and elbow injuries, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Eifert was somewhat limited during offseason practices, but he'll likely be a full participant in training camp. With Jermaine Gresham no longer around, the 2013 first-round pick is expected to take on a larger role in the offense, possibly even serving as Andy Dalton's No. 2 target. Eifert is one of the league's most physically-gifted tight ends, and he reportedly looked excellent in his limited work this offseason. Of course, he'll be playing in an offense that wants to focus on the running game, and WR Marvin Jones (ankle/foot) is also returning from a major injury to compete for targets.