TE Tyler Eifert was expected to add another dimension to Cincinnati's run-of-the-mill passing game, which ranked 17th in the league last season. With All-Pro receiver A.J. Green sidelined by a knee injury in camp, Eifert has been getting the ball more than many others with a lot more experience.
Cincinnati may have found someone to take the defense's focus off Green.
"He's done everything we thought and more," offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said. "He's just one of those guys that when he makes a play, you kind of look around and see if anybody else saw what he just did.
"He's running routes and catching the ball. He's very natural at what he does. He can beat man coverage no problem. He can beat zones. He's got a great feel for the game."
Rookie TEs generally don't make a big impact, but Eifert is a first round talent who could shine if used heavily. Yes, he has Jermaine Gresham to deal with, but the Bengals don't really have a good receiving threat outside of Green.