For the primary time in his NFL profession, Eifert performed in all 16 video games in 2019. The remainder of his season will be described as quiet success at finest. His numbers didn’t bounce off the web page, however because of his elevated play time, he was capable of put up statistics that rank close to the highest for him in his profession.
Eifert had 43 catches on 63 targets this season, each of which had been second-most for him in a single season. His 436 receiving yards had been third-most in a single season.
Eifert’s high quality numbers got here virtually solely as a result of he performed in so many video games final season. His per-game and per-reception averages had been lower than stellar: he averaged 27.three receiving yards, which was the second worst common of his profession. His yards per reception (10.1) and yards per goal (6.9) numbers had been additionally profession lows.
For the time being, it appears as if he’ll without end be chasing the success of 2015 — a yr during which he led all tight ends in receiving touchdowns, and completed within the prime 20 amongst all tight ends in receptions, targets and receiving yards.
He’s been a far cry from that model of himself ever since. From 2016-18, he performed in simply 14 video games complete, catching simply 48 passes, and scoring simply six touchdowns.
Eifert has had a number of uncertainty all through his profession, however after a yr during which he was extra wholesome than ever earlier than, it appeared just like the Bengals would possibly truly re-sign him, particularly after 2019 second-round choose Drew Pattern by no means proved he will be relied on in an even bigger function.
What doubtless killed these hopes is Cincinnati already committing $7.eight million to C.J. Uzomah in base wage alone over the following two years, plus incentives that would complete over $2.5 million per yr. Uzomah began in all 16 video games final season however was not featured within the passing recreation as a lot as Eifert.
The Bengals are definitely in a interval of transition, with the teaching workers turnover they’ve had over the past couple years and the following franchise quarterback coming within the NFL Draft, so maybe they thought this was the time to maneuver on from Eifert.