Tyler Eifert

Tyler Eifert

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2020: question mark 96%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 18.2%
Projected Games missed for 2020: question mark 2.8
Durability: question mark 1

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Tyler Eifert Player Overview

What You Need To Know:

  • Eifert appeared in all 16 games for the Bengals last year, although he played only 44.6% of the team’s snaps.
  • He wasn’t a major red zone weapon with only 3 scores on 43 catches.
  • Signing with the Jags reunites him with former OC Jay Gruden. But another part-time role very likely awaits.


Eifert stays available

Availability has long been the issue with Eifert. Since entering the league in 2013, he’s missed a whopping 53 games.

Miraculously, he played a full slate in 2019.He just wasn’t the same guy that flashed early-career TE1 potential. The team allowed him to play only 44.6% of the snaps, 2nd among Bengals TEs. He ranked 4th among Bengals in targets (63) despite a lost season from A.J. Green.

As you’d expect, the 29-year-old mostly worked in the short passing game. Just 2 of his targets flew 20+ air yards, per Pro Football Focus. He tallied a career-low 10.1 yards per catch and 2.6 yards after catch per reception.


Fresh start

After 7 years in Cincinnati, Eifert packed his bags for Jacksonville to reunite with former Bengals OC (and current Jags play caller) Jay Gruden.

The familiarity helps in such an unprecedented offseason. (And it’s nice to know that Eifert isn’t spending his offseason rehabbing an injury.)

“We get along great,” Eifert said in May of his relationship with Gruden. “I had a good understanding of the offense he runs. Just having that familiarity with the offense is nice. There’s some new stuff in here. But just being familiar with it and having a general idea of what’s going on makes it a lot easier to learn.”

Still, his outlook down south doesn’t change much. He’ll remain reliant on TD production, this time on an offense with 2nd-year QB Gardner Minshew looking to improve upon 2019’s encouraging results.

But will this really be a fantasy friendly offense? Jacksonville ranked 23rd in red zone plays per game a year ago; 26th in points. Plus,…

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Tyler Eifert Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Sep 30, 2018 NFL Pedal Ankle Fracture Eifert missed the final 12 games on IR.
Sep 14, 2017 NFL Back Vertebral Disc Bulge Eifert needed another surgery on his back and missed the remainder of the season.
Sep 14, 2017 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Eifert underwent surgery to remove a cyst.
Dec 18, 2016 NFL Back Lower Lumbar Strain Grade 2 Eifert hurt his back late in Week 15. He missed the final 2 games and later underwent surgery.
Oct 4, 2016 NFL Back Vertebral Bruise Eifert missed 2 games.
Jan 31, 2016 NFL Pedal Ankle Ligament Tear Grade 3 Eifert was injured in the Pro Bowl and missed the first 6 games of the 2016 season.
Dec 13, 2015 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Eifert returned from his neck injury only to leave with a concussion on his second reception of Week 14. He missed the rest of Week 14 and sat out 2 more games.
Nov 29, 2015 NFL Cervical Neck Stinger Eifert missed 1 game.
Sep 7, 2014 NFL Arm Elbow Tear Eifert dislocated his right elbow in Week 1 and missed the rest of the season.
Aug 14, 2014 NFL Shoulder Labrum Tear Eifert missed three preseason games with a left shoulder injury that eventually required surgery.
Dec 22, 2013 NFL Shoulder Eifert suffered a shoulder stinger in the 1st quarter against the Vikings. He missed Week 17.