When asked for a self-assessment of how OTAs have gone, Bengals first-round pick Tyler Eifert said a better judge would be tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes. According to Hayes, so far everything is good.
“After working him out and spending time with him before the draft, he is on target and about where I thought he would be,” Hayes said on Thursday. “He has been great mentally and keeps an even keel. It is hard to tell from him whether things are going good or bad. He would be a great poker player that way.”
During Wednesday’s practice, Eifert was lined up all over the field and a couple times was the move tight end in short yardage or goal line. During one 11-on-11 drill Eifert got some separation against safety Shawn Williams and hauled in a Dalton pass.
While it appears as if Eifert has not had any problems adjusting on the field, the biggest changes have been off field. When writers observed on Wednesday that communication between Eifert and Andy Dalton seems good, Eifert said it should be because it is his job now and that by having the playbook for close to a month, there shouldn’t be any excuses for lapses.
“I try to stay composed and understand my assignments so that I can play fast,” Eifert said. “So far it is just memorizing concepts. Once you have that down it’s basically the same stuff.”