Tight Ends To Pick Up With Loss Of Tyler Eifert

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For those of you who took a shot on Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert are going to have to fill a void on your roster.

The Bengals tight end will undergo season-ending back surgery after consulting with noted spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Eifert’s loss means there may be a need for tight end depth on your roster, here are a few viable options that are likely available.

Austin Hooper, Falcons

Hooper has been wildly inconsistent from week to week but he is worth taking a flyer on considering the health of Julio Jones who has been battling injuries throughout his career.

Hooper received 7 targets against the Giants, more than double of any prior game and more than his combined targets all season.

Hooper’s big play potential, on display in his blowup Week 1 performance, is reason enough to roll the dice.

Julius Thomas, Dolphins

Why is Julius Thomas on this list? Well, if you look at his production thus far this season then you may be scratching your head.

But Thomas was targeted in the red zone against Tennessee last week and Miami quarterback Jay Cutler may be regaining confidence in the veteran tight end.

A win can do a lot for a team with a struggling offense. So while Thomas may not be a play to make right now, he certainly warrants keeping tabs on moving forward especially if Miami’s offense starts to get rolling.

Jack Doyle, Colts

Quite simply Doyle gets targets. In fact, after receiving only 3 targets in Week 1 Doyle has been targeted 20 times in the games following.

Jacoby Brissett may not be burning down the house but a security blanket such as Doyle is increasingly valuable as Indy tries to navigate through the season until Andrew Luck returns.

When Luck returns, Doyle’s potential becomes that much more interesting which makes him a solid pickup for now that could blossom into a steal down the road.

Evan Engram, Giants

It’s easy to come to the conclusion that Giants’ tight end Evan Engram will get the lion’s share of the offensive passing targets.

With the losses of Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shephard the Giants are thin on pass catchers making the rookie that much more appealing.

If he’s on the free agent wire, grab him because Engram may become the focal point of the Giants’ aerial attack as the season wears on.

2 weeks ago against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Engram was targeted a season high 11 times, so there is a history of leaning on him and with the thin wide receiving corps hit hard by injuries it’s not far-fetched to believe Engram can see double digit targets more consistently moving forward.

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