Tyler Eifert: Video Highlights for the Former Notre Dame TE
Eifert has the size, hands and speed to become a huge matchup problem in the NFL, and he is also a very good blocker for the position.
Although each video is longer, the specific play I will be talking about in each slide is the first one that plays.
Here is a look back at some great plays from Tyler Eifert.
End-Zone Grab vs. BYU 2012
Just the one play versus BYU
The one thing everyone always thinks about with tight ends going into the NFL is how much of a weapon they can become in the red zone.
Eifert has the size to be able to box out defenders; on this specific play he is able to jump over the defender to make the catch.
He not only shows off his good hands on the play, but also displays the awareness needed to keep his feet inbound for the touchdown.
Over-the-Defender Catch vs. Purdue 2012
The first play
This is a perfect example of the matchup problem and safety blanket that Tyler Eifert can be once he is in the NFL.
Eifert gets behind the Purdue defender, and although the quarterback doesn’t make the best throw, Eifert is able to reach over and make the grab.
Though NFL quarterbacks are more accurate and the defenders are better, Eifert will still show the ability to keep the offense on track.
Leaping Touchdown Catch vs. Stanford 2012
Touchdown catch vs. Stanford
With a free release Eifert has no problem running through the Stanford secondary and getting in position for the touchdown catch.
The quarterback makes a pretty good throw and puts the ball high to get it through the two defenders around Eifert.
The tight end then jumps up with a defender on his back and in front of him and makes the grab for a Notre Dame touchdown.
Making the Adjustment vs. BYU 2012
Big gain vs. BYU
Nowadays, tight ends in the NFL are used more and more on the outside, and Eifert shows his ability to do just that with this play versus BYU.
Eifert is able to eat up the defender's cushion; with a better throw it looked like he could have actually run past him as well.
The part of the play I really like is Eifert seeing the ball, adjusting his body around and making a good hands catch with the defender right on him.
Red-Zone Catch Against Pittsburgh 2011
Clutch catch against Pittsburgh
Being a tight end in the NFL means you are going to be going over the middle and you are going to need to be prepared to get hit.
On this play in 2011 against Pittsburgh, Eifert is able to get into the open zone behind the front linebackers and the quarterback puts the ball right on him.
Eifert knows he is going to be hit; the Pittsburgh defender gives him a decent shot, but he makes the catch to get the team into the red zone.
Touchdown Run Against Maryland 2011
Touchdown against Maryland
Tyler Eifert is never going to be confused with new Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace. However, he does have some good speed.
The Maryland defender tries to chip Eifert when he comes out for his route, and the quarterback really just throws it to him because the pocket starts to collapse.
Eifert takes the dump-off and goes up the sideline past the defense for about a 30-yard touchdown.
Getting Popped Against Florida State 2011
Nice shot against Florida State
NFL defenders are going to hit a lot harder than college players, but Eifert has shown the toughness to take those hits at the next level.
Eifert runs a simple route and holds on to the ball even though the defender and the ball seem to get to him at the same time.
He not only takes that hit, but he is able to seemingly keep his balance and turn upfield for more yardage.