PITTSBURGH — Injured Cincinnati Bengals tight finish Tyler Eifert had enjoyable with a Steelers coach discussing his affect on Sunday’s sport regardless of being on injured reserve since October.
“Hey I’m forward of schedule! Glad the @steelers are nonetheless pondering about me tho,” tweeted Eifert, who was despatched to IR on Oct. 5 with an ankle harm.
The Steelers on Friday positioned veteran kicker Chris Boswell on injured reserve and signed Matt McCrane.
After years of understanding who would begin at QB in Baltimore, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh however not Cleveland, it is the Browns who seem set for the longer term.
In a weekly interview with Steelers.com previewing the upcoming opponent, Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler was requested the place he thinks Eifert ranks when it comes to the sport’s greatest tight ends. The Steelers host the Bengals in Sunday’s season finale needing a win and assist to attain the playoffs.
“I believe he is superb,” Butler stated. “I believe he is up there. He can get deep on you. He does job of catching the ball, all that stuff. He is going to be an issue for us to cowl.”
At one level earlier within the interview, Butler was requested which gamers will fill the void left by injured receiver A.J. Inexperienced, “moreover Tyler Eifert, the tight finish.” Butler stated Eifert is doing job and referenced John Ross and Alex Erickson as affect gamers.
Butler additionally mentioned quarterback Jeff Driskel’s mobility on designed runs, the problem of tackling operating again Joe Mixon, the velocity of Ross and whether or not Tyler Boyd will probably be on the sphere for the Bengals on Sunday. Butler identified he usually references gamers by numbers as an alternative of names, since that is how he sees them on sport movie.
Eifert has been a fixture for the Bengals offense since coming into the league in 2013 however can have missed each Steelers matchups this season. The Steelers and Bengals final performed Oct. 14, with Pittsburgh profitable 28-21 to lengthen its profitable streak over the AFC North rival to seven video games.
Throughout his weekly session with reporters Thursday, Butler mentioned the state of his protection, which ranks ninth in complete protection, first in sacks and 15th in scoring protection. The Steelers are Eight-6-1 and wish the Cleveland Browns to defeat the Baltimore Ravens to loosen up Baltimore’s half-game divisional lead.
“There are some guys that weren’t right here with us final yr which are getting higher, however once more we aren’t adequate,” Butler stated. “We’re what we’re. I do not know what number of video games we won by three or misplaced by three or no matter. These video games we won final yr and ended up 13-Three. You lose these video games, like we did this yr, then we’re the place we’re.”
Butler has been with the Steelers since 2003, serving as a linebackers coach for 12 years earlier than head coach Mike Tomlin promoted him to a coordinator function in 2015.