With the Bengals two-thirds of the way through the organized team activity practices, Tyler Eifert continues to make a big impression.

While rookies sometimes do struggle with the speed of the game and picking up the nuances of the playbook, the first-round pick hasn’t had any problems at all.

Said Andy Dalton on how Eifert has done so far: “From Day 1 nothing has seemed too big for him. It’s like ‘you want to go do this, OK I’ll go do this.’ He does it really well. That’s why we picked him with the first pick, and he’s really well-deserving.”

When asked for a self-assessment of how OTAs have gone, Eifert said a better judge would be tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes. According to Hayes, so far everything is good.

“After working him out and spending time with him before the draft, he is on target and about where I thought he would be,” Hayes said on Thursday. “He has been great mentally and keeps an even keel. It is hard to tell from him whether things are going good or bad. He would be a great poker player that way.”

During Wednesday’s practice, Eifert was lined up all over the field and a couple times was the move tight end in short yardage or goal line. During one 11-on-11 drill, Eifert got some separation against safety Shawn Williams and hauled in a Dalton pass.

There were also many times during the practice when both Eifert and Jermaine Gresham were in. Gresham had a couple touchdown catches during red zone and goal line drills.

While it appears as if Eifert has not had any problems adjusting on the field, the biggest changes have been off-field. When writers observed on Wednesday that communication between Eifert and Andy Dalton seems good, Eifert said it should be because it is his job now and that by having the playbook for close to a month, there shouldn’t be any excuses for lapses.