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TE Jermaine Gresham - Arizona Cardinals

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

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2016 Week 16 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec)

For the second time in last three weeks, Gresham's solid play was overshadowed by a boneheaded, costly penalty. Unlike his tantrum in Miami, Gresham's frustration was well warranted after a bad cheap shot by a Seattle defender, but his 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty pushed the Cardinals out of field goal range, forcing a punt instead. Gresham has become a vital cog in this offense, displaying a strong rapport with Palmer, but the penalties because of emotional outburst have become far too frequent and far too costly. Simply put, they need to stop.

2016 Week 15 vs NO (5 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)

Gresham has settled nicely into his role in the second half of the season, providing an outlet for Palmer and a valuable target in the middle of the field. The team's ability to push the ball downfield on Sunday limited his usage some, but Gresham still caught the majority of his targets and helped keep the offense moving on necessary scoring drives. Whether or not Gresham returns in 2017 is up in the air as of now, but his rapport with Palmer is clear and his role within the offense is finally well defined.

2016 Week 14 vs MIA (7 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)

Gresham continued his streak of heavy involvement in the offense, leading the team with five receptions, but a boneheaded unsportsmanlike conduct penalty wiped out a much-needed scoring opportunity for the team and any goodwill he had garnered throughout the day. Gresham became a valuable piece of the offense in the second half of the season, providing a quality outlet for Palmer as the offense proved unable to push the ball downfield, but mistakes like that are simply unjustifiable when your team is fighting a steep, uphill battle to make the playoffs.

2016 Week 13 vs WAS (6 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)

Gresham's upward trending involvement in the offense continued again this Sunday, with a season-high 52 yards. The inconsistencies with the receivers and the offense relying more on short and intermediate throws has put Gresham in the position to become more involved, and over the last several weeks he's answered that call impressively. Gresham himself can be a bit inconsistent with his pass-catching too, but is a powerful post-catch runner and through sheer force and will alone helped the Cardinals pick up a few crucial first downs throughout the game. Gresham also provided a few key blocks for the ground game, a solid but often overlooked aspect of his game.

2016 Week 12 vs ATL (10 / 5 / 35 / 1 rec)

Gresham has quietly become a solid contributor on the offense of late, scoring touchdowns in back-to-back games now and accumulating 30+ receiving yards in each of the last four weeks. Sunday against the Falcons that involvement increased considerably. Palmer targeted his tight end 10 times, trailing only David Johnson in this category and at least doubling the targets of every wide receiver. Gresham was thought to be a luxury for a team that has such an embarrassment of riches at the receiver position, but with the season-long struggles of that group, his contributions to the offense have become a necessity.

2016 Week 11 vs MIN (2 / 2 / 33 / 1 rec)

Gresham's involvement in the offense on Sunday was minimal having been targeted only twice, but in just one play, his impact was felt far more than any other pass-catcher not named David Johnson. With under a minute left in the first half and his team trailing by ten, Gresham caught a seam-pass up the middle before out-running two defenders, bouncing off one and bulldozing another while extending out enough to cross the plane for what seemed at the time a crucial score. It was an impressive play in its own right, and just about the last good thing the Cardinals offense did on Sunday, scoring at the end of the first half before utterly collapsing in the second.

2016 Week 8 vs CAR (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

With Darren Fells out injured and the short passing game about all that was working, Gresham found himself more involved than the TE typically is. Targeted five times, Gresham played admirably but still ultimately had little impact on the offense.

2016 Week 1 vs NE (4 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)

The tight end position remained oddly influx throughout most of training camp, with Troy Niklas assuming the starter's spot on the depth chart for a few weeks, and both Gresham and Darren Fells seemingly spending a few days in Arians dog house. Yet once the season officially kicked off, everyone by and large assumed their same roles from last year. Niklas primarily blocked, Fells did little, and Gresham provided Palmer with a big-body safety net. Gresham was the only tight end targeted all night, and caught all four balls thrown his way. Nothing about Gresham's performance jumped off the page, but as a last resort on an offense loaded with weapons, solid but unspectacular is all you really need out of the position.


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