Training camp preview: Tight Ends — The battle between two former first-round picks


One of the more intriguing preseason battles will take place at tight end.

Two gifted receiving tight ends will face off for the starting role in the youthful, explosive offense ready to take the AFC North by storm.

The two contenders are former first-round pick Jermaine Gresham versus the fresher first-round selection Tyler Eifert from Notre Dame.

Gresham was drafted with the 21st pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

The fifth year pro will look to regain the success he found earlier in his career after being named to two consecutive Pro Bowls in 2011 and 2012.

Gresham has been a constant receiving threat for the Bengals. Hauling in 218 receptions for 2262 yards and 19 touchdowns during Gresham’s four years as a Bengal.

Cincinnati drafted All-American tight end Tyler Eifert out of Notre Dame in the first round of 2013 in an attempt to further provide quarterback Andy Dalton with a wide variety of offensive weapons.

Eifert finished his rookie season with 39 receptions for 445 yards and two touchdowns.

Disappointing production for the first-round draft pick.

Gresham and Eifert will both be competing to become Dalton’s new favorite tight end.

If one of them can securely become the lone starter, fans can expect production at the tight end position to reach at least 800 receiving yards and a handful of touchdowns.

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