"He makes the things go," said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, according to ESPN.com. "If they rotate coverage one way or another, you've got guys who can win matchups. A big, tall guy is what football comes to. We have big, long guys, and big, long guys have opportunities to make plays and put the ball where it belongs."
Eifert's season opener couldn't have been more different than last year's. The Notre Dame product suffered an ugly elbow injury that ended his season before the end of the first quarter. On Sunday, the only remnant of that injury was a large brace on his right arm. It clearly didn't affect his play.
"Tyler, I don't think he's going to surprise anybody anymore," quarterback Andy Dalton said. "He's a good player."
If Eifert can stay healthy, don't be surprised if he emerges as one of the most productive tight ends in football this season. Opposing defensive coordinators are entering pick-your-poison territory.