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Tyler Eifert uncoverable in Cincinnati Bengals camp

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The late-season emergence of running back Jeremy Hill isn't the only reason to believe the Cincinnati Bengals will boast their best offense in more than a decade this season.

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They are also welcoming wide receiver Marvin Jones and tight end Tyler Eifert back into the fold after the pair of breakout-year candidates combined to play just one quarter in 2014.

While Jones has been sidelined by a hamstring injury and "general body soreness" early in camp, Eifert has been a revelation.

Quarterback Andy Dalton has used Eifert as a security blanket whenever he needs a big play, per Geoff Hobson of the team's official website, because the former Notre Dame star has been uncoverable since camp opened.

"We got good looks for him and he got open," Dalton said. "It's nice having him out there. He's a smart player who has a great feel for the game. We've been able to hook up for some big plays.

"Go back and look at his college tape and he's splitting out wide, jumping over guys and making catches. We feel like he matches up well with the all the guys he's going to face."

Eifert showed glimpses of his potential with three catches for 37 yards 12 minutes into the Bengals' 2014 opener, only to go down with a season-ending dislocated elbow before the end of the first quarter.

With veteran tight end Jermaine Gresham now in Arizona, Eifert's role will expand as one of Dalton's primary targets in the passing game this season.

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