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Week 1 vs. NE
Receiving: 6 / 25 / 1 on 10 targets
For the first time since he's been a Bengal, Carson Palmer has a true tight end. Gresham snagged a touchdown in the back of the end zone and made it look downright easy. Then Palmer went to him again in the red-zone, and (in my opinion) Gresham stretched out and scored a TD. However, it was ruled down by contact. Either way he showed impressive athleticism. He is a rookie though, and he allowed Gary Guyton to cut in front of him on a very simple route, and this miscommunication led to a Guyton interception which was returned for a TD. The fault has to be shared between Palmer and Gresham on this play. But Gresham owners have to be excited. There is no reason why this guy won't be one of the top tight ends in the game in a relatively short amount of time. He has the perfect body for a tight end, and is going to be a bigtime redzone target for Palmer.
Week 2 vs. BAL
Receiving: 3 / 15 / 0 on 5 targets
Still looks solid but Baltimore was aware of him and bracketing him on the short passing game. Gresham has a lot to learn but with so many weapons ahead of him on the passing chart he is going to be open a lot much like Shipley. Gresham is just beginning but he looks like he could be special in the next coming years.
Week 3 vs. CAR
Receiving: 4 / 59 / 0 on 6 targets
Jermaine Gresham is continuing his early momentum as a key cog in this Bengals offense. His first catch of the day came on a cleverly designed screen pass. Gresham faked a block, then released from the DE and caught a dump off from Palmer. Gresham took the ball 27 yards downfield and slipped a tackle on the way. The Bengals went back to that same play later, when Gresham converted on a crucial third down to get the Bengals out of the shadow of their own goalposts. Gresham caught a pass off PA when he motioned across the formation and took the Palmer pass 17 yards upfield. Gresham is a supremely gifted athlete at the tight end position, who continues to impress each and every week.
Week 4 vs. CLE
Receiving: 5 / 35 / 0 on 6 targets
Gresham had the second-most targets on the day in what was yet another respectable contest for the promising young tight end. The announcers were gushing throughout the day about how much the Bengals organization loves this kid and it's easy to see why: he's jacked, he's fast, he can catch the ball, he can block --- what's not to like? It's looking like Gresham will be the tight end of the future for the Bengals and as such, is worth a serious look in dynasty leagues with a starting tight end position.
Week 5 vs. TB
Receiving: 4 / 24 / 1 on 6 targets
Another great rookie form the 2010 class. He is getting better each week and he had a key touchdown. Gresham would be helped is Palmer would stretch the field a little more with TO and Ocho but Gresham works the 5-10 yard range passes underneath in the middle of the field. Plus he's a big target who drifts into the back of the end zone like he did yesterday. This is the tip of the iceberg for this guy and look for bigger things in the weeks to come. Gresham is excellent at slipping LBs off him and getting open.
Week 7 vs. ATL
Receiving: 4 / 26 / 0 on 6 targets
Jermaine Gresham didn't make as big a mark on this game as perhaps he should, as Palmer opted for the man coverage outside to Ochocinco and Owens instead of going down the middle. Gresham's catches were all short completions in the no-huddle. Gresham has bigger days ahead, but the box score he put up Sunday with the number of times Cincinnati had to air it out is slightly disappointing.
Week 8 vs. MIA
Receiving: 3 / 17 / 0 on 8 targets
He had a terrible drop in the 2nd half. I don't think Palmer trusts him completely yet either. Also his run blocking at the TE spot leaves a lot to be desired right now. They might be better off just bringing him in during passing situations. He does flash nice skills though when he gets the ball into his hands and starts moving down field. Palmer threw him the ball on their last major series in the 4th quarter 4 different times. Gresham didn't catch even one of them. Palmer and Gresham are not on the same page yet.
Week 9 vs. PIT
Receiving: 2 / 11 / 0 on 3 targets
Gresham is somehow walking the fine line of having "beast-level" skills or being a somewhat ordinary player. He's super-athletic, definitely in the "new breed" of tight end, but there were at least two occasions in this game where balls hit his hands only to fall to the ground incomplete. They both were balls outside his frame that he had to stretch for, but they were catchable. Great players make those catches --- even as rookies. It's hard to say that someone with the physical skills of Gresham will simply go by the wayside, so one has to hope it was just a bad game. As he progresses in his career and gets more comfortable with his system (and in turn coaches and QB get more comfortable with him), he should look better than he did in this one.
Week 10 vs. IND
Receiving: 9 / 85 / 1 on 8 targets
With Chad Ochocinco accompanying Terrell Owens in receiving the majority of the defenses' attention, Gresham was free to pull in nine balls for 85 yards and a TD. He continues to produce as one of the most overlooked fantasy tight ends this year and with the Bengals relying more and more on their passing game as we move forward, it's unlikely anything will change anytime soon. Gresham did have a key fourth-quarter fumble that stopped the Bengals comeback momentum, so he would probably still consider this a bad day for him.
Week 11 vs. BUF
Receiving: 2 / 33 / 0 on 3 targets
Gresham is such a big target but gets overlooked at times with all the wide receivers in the game. Gresham rarely disappoints when he gets his chances, and poses another matchup issue for any linebacker that is matched up with him. It's amazing how many tools Palmer has to work with, and equally amazing that this team continues to lose with the weapons this offense has. Gresham needs to be a bigger part of the gameplan though, as his size and speed is just an impossible matchup for most linebackers to defend.
Week 12 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 2 / 36 / 0 on 7 targets
Gresham was used early and made a nice play lining up wide and taking a pass for 25 yards. Gresham has been used in a variety of different ways this season and the Bengals have to feel like they have a very promising TE for the future. But as the game went along, the Jets clamped down on Gresham as Palmer didn't get him the ball much in the 2nd half.
Week 13 vs. NO
Receiving: 3 / 43 / 0 on 4 targets
Gresham ran a route just short of the first down to create the Bengals first three and out on the day, but he was very strong after the catch on his other two receptions and he also made a nice grab to pull the Bengals even with two-point conversion. The rookie broke the team record for catches by a first-year tight end, and it looks like everyweek TE starter status is in his future.
Week 15 vs. CLE
Receiving: 1 / 6 / 0 on 3 targets
Gresham finished the game with just one reception for six yard --- a short pass into the flat where he caught the ball and dove up field. Gresham was also targeted once in the end zone, but he pushed off the defender and couldn't come up with the pass either. He was flagged for the interference, but it was declined because he didn't make the catch and the Bengals settled for a field goal.
Week 16 vs. SD
Receiving: 4 / 56 / 1 on 5 targets
Gresham was a beast early in this one, hanging on to a ball after taking a huge hit, and then plucking a TD off a defender's helmet while he was being interfered with in the end zone. He also flashed good speed and nice subtle moves in the open field on a long catch and run. Gresham did drop one ball when he took a stick from Eric Weddle, but Weddle seemed to take the worse of the collision. Gresham hasn't gotten as much ink as the New England rookie TEs, but his future looks just as bright.