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Don't expect Tyler Eifert to overtake Jermaine Gresham just yet, health permitting.
That needs to be said, because both players have been absent from Cincinnati Bengals activities this offseason, as Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' website points out:
From all indications, Jackson is committed to two tight end sets, so I don’t see Gresham disappearing. What is interesting is that both Gresham (unknown) and Eifert (shoulder) missed the spring with injuries and we barely saw two tight ends.
Like the man before him, new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson seems intent on using two-tight end sets to help quarterback Andy Dalton. As ESPN.com's Coley Harvey points out, this approach was wildly effective last season:
Gresham had 256 yards after the catch. Eifert had 225. Thanks to those numbers, the Bengals were the only team last season to have two tight ends with more than 200 yards after the catch. The Bengals also were one of two teams that had a pair of tight ends both go over the 400-yard mark in total receiving yards. Gresham had 458 total yards receiving, while Eifert had 445.
Those are formidable numbers, with Eifert doing his job in traffic as a rookie. It is safe to presume he will see an uptick in looks and production as a result, but in spirit, the No. 1 slot on the depth chart is not his.