The Bills should make an Eifert in signing a veteran TE
By: Pat Pitts
The 2020 season brought a lot of teams’ hope for the future. A majority of the league leaders are younger than 25. However, sometimes you need to look towards veteran leadership to bring you towards a championship.
The Bills watched Dawson Knox depart in free agency, leaving a gap at the tight end position. No, Charles Clay does not suffice as a “viable replacement.” The position has been one team has been able to develop internally over the past few seasons.
Darren Waller walked into training camp two seasons ago praying for a spot on the roster. Dallas Goedert lines up next to Zach Ertz and still has top 12 TE stats.
The Bills need a reliable, trustworthy tight end that Josh Allen can rely on in the midst of crucial 3rd downs and red zone attempts. Almost ¼ of Aaron Rodgers’s touchdowns last season came from a tight end; he won MVP over Josh Allen.
To reach the next level of competition, the Bills need to make one more move. A move to enhance the talent around Allen, while increasing his stats in the process. Who is that tight end?
Why should the Bills sign Tyler Eifert?
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Since 2017, every Super Bowl champion has started a tight end that ranked top 3 in team targets, catches, and touchdowns. Meanwhile, the hottest new running back signs an extension with a team for over 3 championship-less years and maybe a rushing title to show for it.
The tight end position matters to win games.
Tyler Eifert is not the flashiest name, but a reliable one throughout his career. In his best season, Eifert saw 74 targets, caught 58 passes for 615 yards. He found the end zone eleven times, It was the fifth-most in the league. The Bengals made a playoff appearance.
They lost, but not because of Eifert. That is not why we are here.
Eifert’s stellar performance led his team to a playoff birth. That was all he could do. In Buffalo, he can take a back seat.
The Bills losing to the Chiefs in the AFC championship game hinted that it would not be their last time there. They have one of the top rosters in the league and great coaching staff. It is a great spot for any free agent.
What does Eifert bring to the offense?
Tyler Eifert fits into the current tight end situation around the league. His passing catching ability surpasses his blocking ability, making him more of a threat on offense. He provides Josh Allan a safety blanket in the red zone.
In 2015, Eifert caught all of his 11 touchdowns inside the red zone, eight being caught from inside the five. He caught 80% of his targets as well.
The Bills have surrounded Josh Allen with a great supporting cast on offense. Tyler Eifert fills a void the Bills must fill before training camp. He has the experience, talent, and leadership abilities to enhance this team’s chance at a Lombardi.
Andy Dalton may even help in the recruitment process. Make it happen.