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Jay Gruden: Bengals’ 2-TE sets “will be something to deal with”

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The Bengals have spent first-round draft picks on tight ends in two of the last four years. Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden expects that to pay off in a big way this season.

Gruden said this year’s first-round pick, Tyler Eifert, can play at the same time as the incumbent starter, 2010 first-round pick Jermaine Gresham, and that Cincinnati’s two-tight end formations are going to create mismatches for opposing defenses.

“It will be great to get [Eifert] in there and work with Jermaine. Those two guys together will be something to deal with,” Gruden said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Bengals, who also spent a second-round pick on versatile running back Giovani Bernard, are building an offense that is going to give opposing defenses a lot to deal with.

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35 Responses to “Jay Gruden: Bengals’ 2-TE sets “will be something to deal with””
  1. t8ertot says: May 13, 2013 7:10 AM

    Bengals win the north this year

  2. listerineman says: May 13, 2013 7:41 AM

    that gruden brother is dangerous. not a bengals fan here, but i expect them to be strong this year.

  3. iamapatsfan says: May 13, 2013 8:06 AM

    t8ertot says:
    May 13, 2013 7:10 AM
    Bengals win the north this year

    You know, even a season ago I would have laughed you off as a random troll.

    This season, I’m still not sure I believe you, but with the Steelers still sinking, the Browns working on it but almost certainly not there yet and the Ravens well-coached but losing so much leadership over the off-season, it’s something that doesn’t seem as incredible to say as just one season ago.

    I’ve always been a bit of a closet Bengals fan, the whole perennial underdog thing (I can’t choose the Bills for that, I’m still a Pats fan) and the sweet helmets. I would like to see them win enough to go into the playoffs with chances to go somewhere.

  4. floratiotime says: May 13, 2013 8:07 AM

    Wish I had a famous dad.

  5. pgh15212 says: May 13, 2013 8:12 AM

    The Pittsburgh Pirates, the worst sports franchise of the past 20 plus years have won a playoff game more recently than the Bungles. What does that say about them???

  6. lifeofcurley says: May 13, 2013 8:14 AM

    Jermaine Gresham runs the worst routes of any TE in the league. If he’s not running up the seem and has to make a cut he rounds off routes and gets Dalton picked off. The Patriots have one of the worst secondary’s in the league and picked off Dalton 2 times on Gresham’s crappy routes.

  7. junglegrowler says: May 13, 2013 8:24 AM

    Win or lose their doing the right things consistently. If we keep it up it’ll deliver !

  8. ahostiletakeover says: May 13, 2013 8:33 AM

    Love what the Bengals are doing, but the only reason they got into the playoffs last year was from return ing a Tyrod Taylor interception for a TD for a 6pt win vs the Ravens’ entire second team offense and defense. So I wouldn’t declare them as division winners yet. However, 2013 will follow suit with the last couple of years in the AFC North, it will be between Baltimore and Cincinnati for the division again.

  9. sguy2130 says: May 13, 2013 8:56 AM

    Should be interesting what happens when the season starts. Seems like they are trying to justify the pick to the media when they should just let the play on the field speak for itself instead of hyping it up too much.

    In any case, I still hate the Raiders for enabling to Bengals to make luxury picks like this with the trade of Carson Palmer, that trade still is unbelieveable…If the Bengals don’t make the playoffs this year it will be a surprise.

  10. whodey18 says: May 13, 2013 9:03 AM

    This is NOT your grandfather’s bengals anymore !!!!….WHO DEY,

  11. fearthebengaltiger says: May 13, 2013 9:04 AM

    thats what i wanna hear!

  12. crownofthehelmet says: May 13, 2013 9:05 AM

    I heard this same hype in 2010 when Gresham was picked. I won’t say bust yet, but nothing about him scares anybody. And that’s even factoring out your QB.

    If Eifert doesn’t turn out to be twice as good as Gresham, then this is another in a long line of nonsensical 1st rd picks.

    But at least they’ll be something to deal with.

  13. t8ertot says: May 13, 2013 9:09 AM

    “The Pittsburgh Pirates, the worst sports franchise of the past 20 plus years have won a playoff game more recently than the Bungles. What does that say about them???”

    Rinse and repeat, Steeler fans. Come back with something original.

  14. incompetentmikebrown says: May 13, 2013 9:22 AM

    Long-suffering Bengals’ fan here…

    I like the direction the team is heading, but Jermaine Gresham has got to step up his game. It is maddening to watch kill drives by dropping balls that Dalton puts on the numbers. (Dalton’s problems are with the long ball, not the throws that bounce off Gresham’s hands of stone.)

    Gresham has the ability to take over a game if he wants to, but instead he is just seems to go through the motions. Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me to see them cut him loose when his contract expires, Orson Charles has looked good.

  15. jayc0478 says: May 13, 2013 9:28 AM

    I heard this same hype in 2010 when Gresham was picked. I won’t say bust yet, but nothing about him scares anybody. And that’s even factoring out your QB.

    Gresham’s issue is his hands. The kid has freakish ability and is still very young (25 in a few weeks). If he can ever start catching the ball consistently he will be among the best in the league.

  16. joetoronto says: May 13, 2013 9:39 AM

    “It will be great to get [Eifert] in there and work with Jermaine. Those two guys together will be critical for us, since Dalton has a noodle arm and can’t get the ball down the field.” Gruden said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

  17. footballgod87 says: May 13, 2013 9:39 AM

    The Bengals clinched a playoff berth when they beat Pitt not Baltimore last season. And Gresham isn’t great but 700 YDS is still pretty good.

  18. theroc5156 says: May 13, 2013 9:41 AM

    pgh15212 says:
    May 13, 2013 8:12 AM
    The Pittsburgh Pirates, the worst sports franchise of the past 20 plus years have won a playoff game more recently than the Bungles. What does that say about them???

    Let’s analyze this statement. Firstly, baseball playoffs are 7 games. Football playoffs are one and done if you lose. If baseball were one and done, the Pirates would have been one and done in 1992 (the last time they won a playoff game) since they lost game one to the Braves. The last time they won game one of their playoffs was in 1991, the SAME year the Bengals won their last playoff game.

    Anyway, at least the Bengals have made it to the playoffs numerous times lately. Have the Pirates? Also, the Pirates can now own the distinction of being the worst team in professional sports overall in the last 20+ years. Nice work!

  19. dudermcrbohan says: May 13, 2013 9:41 AM

    I’ll have to start watching more Patriot games just to get an idea of what everyone will be trying to copy the following seasons.

  20. Kaz says: May 13, 2013 9:51 AM

    Dalton’s never faced the Pat, and the last game against the Ravens meant nothing to either team as the Bengals got in the Playoffs when they beat the Steelers week 16. Sheesh where do people get their info?

  21. jm91rs says: May 13, 2013 9:52 AM

    ahostiletakeover says: May 13, 2013 8:33 AM

    Love what the Bengals are doing, but the only reason they got into the playoffs last year was from return ing a Tyrod Taylor interception for a TD for a 6pt win vs the Ravens’ entire second team offense and defense.
    _____________________________________

    The Bengals won the wild card spot by 2 games, but let’s not let facts get in the way of your story.

  22. AntoineDodson says: May 13, 2013 10:02 AM

    Glad you pointed out the Bengals clinching by beating the steelers Kaz, I stated that too, but my comment was deleted. good thing toronto’s finest idiot got to have his $0.02 worth though.

  23. naanunaanu says: May 13, 2013 11:30 AM

    AS a Ravens fan, I agree that the bungles will be in the mix. That D is really Tough and with an improved O that could be what they need to get over the Houston hump. The AFCN is a tough with the Squealers ready for a comeback year and the Brownturds always playing tougher than their record indicates.
    I still think my Ratbirds are top of the division until proven otherwise. It must be so nice for the Pats to be handed 6 wins every year by the hapless Fins Bills, and jets. But come playoff time AFCN Teams are tougher for it and always give a good fight. I see the Bungles landing in the 9to11 wins this season they will be mix for playoffs

  24. tsizzlesucks says: May 13, 2013 11:41 AM

    Gruden had better find a new qb because his spits the bit in big games. Not a good example of a cool under pressure player!

  25. bengalguy says: May 13, 2013 11:58 AM

    Hey ahostiletakeover….:Bengals had already clinched a playoff spot before the Ravens game in week 17. Try to keep up if your gonna post!!!!!!

  26. justintuckrule says: May 13, 2013 12:09 PM

    Bengals are a few years late to this party.

  27. ahostiletakeover says: May 13, 2013 12:49 PM

    My bad Bengal guy. My point was your fanbase (and your team to a degree based on their playoff game vs Houston) went into the postseason with a big head over two wins by a combined 9 pts against an injury decimated Steelers team and a Ravens team that had also clinched the previous week and rested any and everyone of significance in their lineup. Again, I’ve loved what your Bengals have done with their team the last few years and your defense is arguably the best in the division. But they have yet to show that as a young team they have what it takes to make that next step. This could be the year they get over that hump, but its still May so I would hold of on any bold predictions for now.

  28. laserrocketarm12 says: May 13, 2013 3:44 PM

    Gresham isn’t a bad player, but a fact most people overlook is that he was he first Tight End taken in the 2010 draft, before Gronk, Graham and Hernandez.

    The Bengals would definitely love a re-do.

  29. hitdog042 says: May 13, 2013 7:26 PM

    Crownof says

    I heard this same hype in 2010 when Gresham was picked. I won’t say bust yet, but nothing about him scares anybody. And that’s even factoring out your QB.

    If Eifert doesn’t turn out to be twice as good as Gresham, then this is another in a long line of nonsensical 1st rd picks.

    But at least they’ll be something to deal with.
    ——–

    Yeah sure. 1300 yds and 11td last 2 seasons makes him close to a bust. Fool.

    He’s the Bengals 2nd option behind Green. WTH are you talking about?

  30. johnnyb1976 says: May 13, 2013 8:01 PM

    The trolls are so bad they don’t even know what they’re talking about

    1. Dalton has never faced the patriots
    Lifeofcurly your a tool your smarter when you keep your mouth shut.

    2. The bengals were already in the playoffs when Tyrod Taylor was throwing pick 6’s to everybody wearing orange and black that day.

    Ravens fans are also smarter when they keep their mouths shut.

    Your welcome

  31. raiderapologist says: May 13, 2013 8:19 PM

    Gresham was terrible last year. I know all you thin skinned Bengal fans are going to fire back about the Palmer trade, or how bad the Raiders have been since 2002, but seriously, Gresham stinks. If you guys don’t see that you’re more delusional than the average Raider fan.

  32. richc111 says: May 13, 2013 11:48 PM

    How inovative, no one in the league has ever used 2 TE in a game. The league won’t know what hit them. Oh and by the way you got to love all the teams talking up their draft picks one month later. Let’s see what happens when the bullets start to fly and the pressue builds.

  33. fourthandafoot says: May 14, 2013 2:53 AM

    Best pick of round 1. Combine Dalton’s accurate passing with Eifert’s unique ability to make contested jump ball catches even against talented CB’s and you’ve got something special here.

  34. coachbeck says: May 14, 2013 3:20 AM

    Yeah Gresham is terrible….. Just back to back pro bowls.

    Gronk was passed in the draft excuse he had a history of major back issues. And Hernandez was a pot head. And jimmy Graham was a basketball player .

    Gresham has some drops but he makes a lot of plays as well. That’s by he has been in the pro bowl back to back

  35. crownofthehelmet says: May 14, 2013 10:24 AM

    I’d rather have one Heath Miller then Gresham and Eifert. Gotta admit though, I’d trade him straight up for Green. I’d even throw in Landry Jones so you can have a good QB.

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