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.