Bengals light at tight end in offseason

Bengals light at tight end in offseason
June 10, 2014, 9:15 pm
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We’re a long way from the start of the season, but the Cincinnati Bengals have yet to see their top tight end, Jermaine Gresham, on the field during voluntary organized team activities or mandatory minicamp. Gresham has been out because of hernia surgery, ESPN reported.

With Gresham’s lack of availability, the Bengals re-signed veteran tight end Alex Smith, who played 16 games for Cincinnati last season--though he caught just three passes.

The Bengals’ other top tight end, Tyler Eifert, has also been sidelined with a shoulder injury, though ESPN.com termed it minor. Eifert didn’t participate in last week’s OTAs and wasn’t able to finish Tuesday’s practice.

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"Alex played significant snaps for us last year, and it's good to get him back in the fold," coach Marvin Lewis said. "He's ready to go physically, and it's minicamp week, so he jumps right back in there for us."

Gresham and Eifert give the Bengals a strong 1-2 punch at tight end. Gresham had 46 catches, Eifert 39 in 2013.

Smith had a career-high 41 catches for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a rookie in 2005 and last caught more than 20 passes in a season with the Bucs in 2008.