Tyler Eifert is on pace for the most catches, receiving yards and touchdowns in a single season by a Cincinnati tight end, according to the Bengals' weekly media notes.
Eifert had a modest output, for him, last week in the 34-21 win at Buffalo. He caught four passes for 30 yards.
But, included in the effort for Eifert was a four-yard touchdown catch that essentially sealed Buffalo’s fate while giving the Bengals a 31-14 lead late in the third quarter.
For the season, Eifert is second on the Bengals with 28 catches and second with 342 yards receiving. He is tied with running back Jeremy Hill for the team lead with six touchdowns.
“Arguably, Tyler’s the best tight end I’ve ever been around,” Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said. “He’s physically tougher than people think — he’s tough as nails.
"He blocks better than people think. And, of course, he can catch the ball with anybody. Great hands, and great moves and speed for a guy his size (6-6, 250). The sky truly is the limit for this guy.”
Eifert’s touchdown total projects to 16 over a full 16 games (along with Hill). That would tie running back Pete Johnson (1981) for the second-most touchdowns in a season in franchise history, behind only wide receiver Carl Pickens’ 17 in 1995.
The most touchdowns in a season by a Bengals pure tight end is nine. Rodney Holman set the record in 1989 (Bob Trumpy had nine TD catches in 1969, but was listed as a tight end/wide receiver that year).
Eifert’s season yardage total projects to 912, which would break the Bengals' tight end record of 910 set in 1988 by Dan Ross. Eifert’s season catch total projects to 75, which would break Ross’ tight end record of 71 in '88.
Eifert entered the week ranked sixth among NFL tight ends in catches and receiving yards. He leads all tight ends in touchdowns.
Eifert, and Hill, are tied for second among all NFL players in total touchdowns. Eifert and Hill are the only two AFC players with as many as six TDs.