When Tyler Eifert got his first NFL touchdown last week, the happiest guy in Ford Field wasn’t Eifert. It was Jermaine Gresham. “I know the work that goes into it and was very excited for him. It was about time the group got one,” Gresham said. As the Bengals’ regular season reaches the midpoint, Gresham and Eifert have done what many hoped – formed one of the top tight end duos in the league. Going into Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium against the Jets, the Bengals are tied for the league lead in receptions by tight ends with 50 and tied for fourth in receiving yards at 544. Last week at Detroit, Gresham and Eifert had seven receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. The yardage was the second-most this season, surpassed only by the 132 in the Week 2 win over Pittsburgh, while there have been four games this season where they have had seven or more catches. “I think the dynamic of how it would play out has gone smoothly. (Offensive coordinator) Jay (Gruden) and the coaches have done a good job of utilizing both players and their strengths. We get a lot out of them,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “Both have grown a great deal together. The reaction Jermaine had when Tyler caught the TD pass was awesome. That to me showed the maturity level of the group and what we’re getting out of them.” For the season, Gresham is second on the team in catches (28) and receiving yards (274). Eifert is fifth in catches (22) and third in receiving yards (270). According to Pro Football Focus, the Bengals have lined up in two- or three-tight-end packages on 286 of 486 offensive snaps. They’ve used a one-back, two-tight end personnel package on 42.6 percent of their plays. The league average is 21.2 percent.
Bengals tight end duo 'phenomenal'
Cincinnati Enquirer | Oct 27