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Eifert chooses not to run again

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At the Scouting Combine, Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert covered 40 yards in 4.68 seconds.  Stanford tight end Zach Ertz did it in 4.76 seconds.

Last week, Ertz one-upped Eifert, with a 4.62 at the Stanford Pro Day.  Afterward, Ertz not-so-subtly challenged Eifert to try to best Ertz’s Pro Day number.

“If I was him, I’d want to compete and I’d run again,” Ertz said, via Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.  “If you’re a competitive person, you want to test yourself all the time.”

Appearing on Tuesday’s PFT Live, Ertz said he wasn’t trying to goad Eifert into running again.  Either way, Eifert didn’t take the bait.  At the Notre Dame Pro Day, Eifert chose not to run.

But that not may be the end of it.  Asked on PFT Live if he’d race Eifert, Ertz laughed and said yes.  So if Ertz (who has been invited to the draft but hasn’t decided whether to attend) and Eifert are both in New York, I plan to mark off 40 yards on 50th Street between 6th and 5th and give them a chance to prove who’s faster.

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18 Responses to “Eifert chooses not to run again”
  1. bengalsguy55 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:32 PM

    Soft.

  2. largent80 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:39 PM

    Maybe have a New York pretzel vendor holding up a pretzel at the finish line, first guy to grab it declared the victor.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 26, 2013 2:41 PM

    Too much Effert.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 26, 2013 2:44 PM

    An old bearded white haired man in the crowd was so impressed with the power and speed of the rangy athletes he offered them a job.

    “On Dancer, on Prancer, on Eifert, and Ertz!”.

  5. therealpittbull says: Mar 26, 2013 2:47 PM

    Smart decision. The time was fast enough. Why risk injury, to move up or down a few spots. Would be great in Pittsburgh lineup, with Heath Miller recovering from ligament surgery, and the loss of Wallace.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 26, 2013 3:02 PM

    They are both equally fast, let’s call it a tie and concentrate on other areas to find separation between the two.

  7. nygiantstones says: Mar 26, 2013 3:04 PM

    They’re tight ends! Which one has better hands and run blocking skills? Who cares about their 40’s beyond a certain point?

  8. steelybills says: Mar 26, 2013 3:06 PM

    I don’t think speed is what needs to be measured here…Who’s got a ruler?

  9. larryboodry says: Mar 26, 2013 3:07 PM

    Can’t blame Eifert, it would be stupid to risk injury just to answer a challenge from Ertz…No need to foreither of them to jeopardize their draft standing, either.

  10. 8drinkminimum says: Mar 26, 2013 3:16 PM

    Zach I would spend my time focusing on becoming a better blocker rather than worry about 40 times. Eiffert is far superior to you in that area.

  11. bradybbgoat says: Mar 26, 2013 3:19 PM

    Ertz being a couple hundreths of a second faster in the 40 doesn’t change the fact that Eifert is the superior player on film.

  12. radioactivechimp says: Mar 26, 2013 3:29 PM

    Why does everyone run faster at their Pro Day? It seems like the guys holding the stopwatches are biased towards that team. Shouldn’t the same officials that do the timing at the Draft Combine do it at the Pro Day?

  13. ccjcsr says: Mar 26, 2013 3:35 PM

    Scared of Competition…Red Flag!

  14. tremoluxman says: Mar 26, 2013 4:09 PM

    As someone who might be interested in drafting this guy, I’d be more interested in his route running technique, how high he can leap, and how good his hands are.

    Two words about speed being deceptive: Troy Williamson.

  15. eatitfanboy says: Mar 26, 2013 4:25 PM

    ccjcsr says:
    Mar 26, 2013 3:35 PM
    Scared of Competition…Red Flag!
    ====

    Allowing opponents to goad you into doing something stupid and unnecessary……Red Flag!

  16. radioactivechimp says: Mar 26, 2013 4:32 PM

    Was anyone else reminded of the Seinfeld episode where some guy Jerry beat in a race in college wants a rematch, and Jerry says “I choose not to run”

  17. fordmandalay says: Mar 26, 2013 5:22 PM

    That would be such an exciting thing to see! – said no-one, ever.

  18. nananatman says: Mar 27, 2013 9:12 AM

    This conversation proves a player will come out this year.

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