Eifert logged 15 snaps and two targets in his first appearance of the season, catching one pass for a nine-yard gain. He said his back and surgically-repaired ankle both felt fine during and after the game -- potentially setting him up for something closer to his pre-injury role in Week 8. The Bengals are traveling to London to face a Washington team that has limited opposing tight ends to just one touchdown and 6.4 yards per target this season.
Eifert caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Browns.
Eifert made his season debut after missing the first six games with back and ankle ailments, and he was eased back into action in a game that the Bengals won comprehensively. The big tight end should reestablish himself as a top red zone target for Andy Dalton once he gets back up to speed and could take the next step in that process in Week 8 versus the Redskins.
Even though Eifert will draw the start, Geoff Hobson of the
Eifert (back/ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's matchup against the Browns.
It will be the season debut for Eifert, though the fourth-year tight end is a risk to be used in a limited capacity given that this is his first live game action for months. Even with the fantasy-friendly matchup against Cleveland, owners with alternative options may want to consider a wait-and-see approach due to the uncertainty. According to ESPN's Katherine Terrell, citing comments from head coach Marvin Lewis a few weeks back, it's possible Eifert will be on a "pitch count" in his first game of the year. That's not to say he can't still be effective on a limited snap count, though the ceiling likely won't be as high as it will reach in future weeks this season.
It's unclear how many snaps he'll see, and in any event, you should check back before kickoff to confirm, but it looks likely Eifert will at least see some action this week.
|Bye: Week 9|
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|12||11/27/16||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ HOU||8:25 pm|
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