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TE Jermaine Gresham - Cincinnati Bengals

6-5, 261Born: 6-16-1988College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 1, pick 21

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Now that Andy Dalton has come back to life and Gresham has established a presence in the red zone, the former first-round pick might provide some fantasy value after all. If you're struggling at TE, Gresham could help against the Texans this week.

Week 12: at Houston Texans

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Andy Dalton has yo-yo'ed from entirely awful (10/33 for 86 yards receiving, zero TDs and three interceptions thrown vs. the Browns two weeks ago) to efficient (16/22 for 220 yards passing, with three TDs and zero interceptions thrown at New Orleans last week). Last week, he re-established chemistry with A.J. Green throwing him nine targets for 6/127/1 receiving, while Rex Burkhead (three for 3/36/0) and Mohamed Sanu (six for 3/23/0) helped move the chains. Jermaine Gresham (three for 2/13/2) hauled in two scores from Dalton last weekend but has been involved only erratically from week to week for the Bengals - one of the TD catches was extremely fortunate. In any case, though, the Bengals' passing attack bounced back under hostile conditions in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last Sunday. The Houston pass D allowed 20/50 for 317 yards passing, one TD and one interception (with two sacks for -13 yards) to the Browns last week, and saw Mark Sanchez and Nick Foles pile up 24/34 for 293 net yards, three TDs and three interceptions, with four sacks taken for -33 yards back in Week 9. As you can see, 300+ yards passing games have been routine for Houston's opponents during November (the Texans are ranked 31st in the NFL averaging 278.1 net passing yards per game, with 19 passing scores balanced by 11 interceptions and 21 sacks generated to date - tied for eighth in the NFL and 19th in the NFL, respectively). This looks like a great matchup for Dalton and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
8 vs BAL 4 34 0 0
9 vs JAX 5 36 0 0
10 vs CLE 3 29 0 0
11 at NO 2 13 2 0
12 at HOU PROJ-Dodds 3 * * *
12 at HOU PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * *
12 at HOU PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs JAX (6 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)

Gresham showed some rare physicality and heart on a couple short passes early in the game. He picked up 12 yards by steam-rolling a couple defenders on the Bengals first play from scrimmage. He then started off the 2nd half with 2 more catches, again fighting defenders for everything he can get. The problem with Gresham is that as a receiver, all of his targets are coming very close to the LOS. He's not running downfield routes at all. While this is allowing him to get a lot of catches, he isn't threatening the defense at all. Gresham still has the fight in him, but he doesn't appear to have the speed to get open downfield anymore. The team desperately needs Tyler Eifert to return and threaten the center of the field.

2014 Week 10 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Jermaine Gresham was third in targets behind Green and Sanu, hauling in three of six passes thrown his way. Gresham continued work the short routes, but even his gigantic 6'7" frame was unable to pull down a few of Dalton's wildly inaccurate passes. Gresham was the target on Dalton's first INT, standing helpless as the linebacker jumped a route that it looks like the TE just gave up on. Gresham limped off the field in the third quarter with a knee injury after catching a pass in the middle of the field, but it doesn't seem that the injury was serious.

2014 Week 11 vs NO (3 / 2 / 13 / 2 rec)

Gresham only had 2 catches on the game, but made them both count, as he had 2 TDs. On the first, Dalton hit Gresham in the flat. Gresham tried to extend the ball across the goalline but was clearly a yard short and fumbled the ball. Fortunately for him he was able to recover it in the endzone for a TD. His second TD was a 1 yard TD right on the goalline. Dalton faked the playaction to Hill, Gresham rolled off his block and caught a very easy TD in the endzone.

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Latest News

Bengals | Friday injury report (Fri Nov 14, 02:57 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) has been ruled out for Week 11. OT Andre Smith (ankle) is listed as doubtful. LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) and CB Terence Newman (knee) are listed as questionable, while TE Jermaine Gresham (thigh), CB Leon Hall (concussion), SS Taylor Mays (foot), RB Cedric Peerman (knee) and OG Mike Pollak (knee) are listed as probable. Burfict, Smith and Newman did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 14, while the other players fully participated in practice.

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Bengals | Thursday practice report (Thu Nov 13, 04:20 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee), CB Terence Newman (knee), OT Andre Smith (ankle) and OT Andrew Whitworth (rest) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 13. LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) and RB Cedric Peerman (knee) were limited, while TE Jermaine Gresham (thigh), CB Leon Hall (concussion), S Taylor Mays (foot) and OG Mike Pollak (knee) practiced in full.

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Bengals | Jermaine Gresham sitting (Wed Nov 12, 02:09 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Nov. 12.

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Schedule

12@ Houston Texans
13@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15@ Cleveland Browns
16vs Denver Broncos
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers