New Era, the official on-field headwear of the National Football League, is teaming up with the NFL to launch the Back to Football Photo Day contest. So what this means is that Bengals fans will now have the chance to join the ranks of A.J. Green to also become THE face of the Bengals.
The contest, which is live atwww.speakwithyourcap.comor through New Era’s Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/neweracaps?fref=ts) will require Bengals faithfuls tosubmit photos of themselves showcasing how you personally “speak with your cap.” Whether you wear your cap sideways, backwards or flexed at the brim, show how you are bringing your own style to the game.
32 fans (1 per team) will ultimately be chosen and win a complimentary trip to New York City for two. The winners will enjoy a four-day VIP experience and will be professionally styled in their favorite team’s looks for a New Era photo shoot that may be used for a year-long advertisement and promotional campaign.
Bengals rookie tight end Tyler Eifert lined up here, there and just about everywhere during his first practice.
The Bengals got started on their new tight end-heavy passing game yesterday at the start of a weekend rookie minicamp. A lot of the focus was on Eifert, chosen in the first round to give quarterback Andy Dalton another target.
Eifert lined up in a lot of different spots at Notre Dame. Judging by the first day of practice in Cincinnati, he’s going to be doing the same thing in the NFL.
“A lot of the things I’m learning are a lot of the same plays we had in with two tight ends — move me around in different positions,” Eifert said. “Today I was out in the slot quite a bit. I think I’m picking it up pretty fast.”
With Dalton watching from the sideline, Eifert made a nice one-handed catch during the morning workout, a preview of what he can bring to an offense that has been overly dependent upon receiver A.J. Green.
The Bengals haven’t added another proven receiver in the offseason. Rather, they took Eifert with the 21st overall pick, figuring his ability to catch the ball in a crowd — he set a Notre Dame recover for catches by a tight end — will give them some versatility and force defenses to worry about someone other than Green.
Eifert lined up as a tight end on either side and also as a slot receiver during practice. The biggest challenge was learning the Bengals’ language for each play and the pass protections.
“I think I picked it up better than I thought I would at first,” Eifert said. “It’s not a whole lot, but it’s definitely something new for me. I’m catching on pretty quickly and moving around quite a bit.”
With the 21st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Bengals select Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert.
Eifert was a 215-pound TE out of high school who didn’t receive too many scholarship offers, but has developed into one of the top all-around tight ends to enter the NFL draft in recent memory. He was Notre Dame’s No. 1 offensive weapon in 2012, lining up out wide as a WR or in-line as a traditional TE, and was the type of target defensive coordinators had to game plan against.
Eifert is a fluid pass-catcher with vacuum hands and the hand/eye coordination to make tough catches and although he doesn’t create a lot of space, he secures grabs in traffic, showing outstanding tracking and high-pointing ability.
He is a soft spoken guy, but an animal on the field and a much better blocker than given credit, improving in leaps and bounds the past three years with excellent effort – projects as a starting NFL TE with excellent potential as both a receiver and blocker.