Jags’ Marrone on Eifert: ‘He has shown the ability to be a playmaker in the passing game’

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed former Pro Bowl TE Tyler Eifert, the team announced today.

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it’s a two-year deal worth $15.5 million.

The 29-year-old Eifert has struggled with injuries the past few years, and from 2016-18, he played in only 14 games, but Eifert was able to play in all 16 games for the Bengals last season. In 2019, Eifert caught 43 passes for 436 yards and three touchdowns. 

“Tyler is a proven contributor in this league, and we’re excited to add him to our team,” said Head Coach Doug Marrone. “He has shown the ability to be a playmaker in the passing game, especially in the red zone, while also adding immense value as a blocker in the run game. I expect him to make us more efficient and productive on the offensive side of the ball, and after speaking with Tyler, I know he’s eager for this opportunity.”

Eifert posted career-high numbers in 2015 while also receiving the team’s Ed Block Courage Award nomination. That season, he tallied 52 receptions for 615 yards, and 13 touchdowns in 13 games played en route to his first career Pro Bowl selection. His 13 touchdownss were second-most in the NFL in 2015.

If Eifert can stay healthy, he could help the Jaguars’ passing game and the running game in 2020. Eifert is considered a decent blocking tight end, and since entering the NFL in 2013, Eifert is the only tight end with at least 20 touchdowns in fewer than 60 games played. While he was able to play all 16 games last season, he only played 45% of offensive snaps. Therefore, it should be interesting to see how he will be utilized by the Jaguars next season.

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