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TE Jermaine Gresham - Arizona Cardinals

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

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Week 12: at San Francisco 49ers

All TE vs SF

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Carson Palmer torched the 49ers 47-7 back in Week Three, throwing 20/32 for 311 yards passing, two TDs and one interception en route to the blowout win. Larry Fitzgerald owned the secondary with 11 targets for 9/134/2 receiving; John Brown was the other receiver over 50 yards with five for 3/62/0 that day. Since then the Cardinals' offense has rolled over most opponents - last week, Palmer overcame two early interceptions to rack up 20/31 for 317 yards passing and four TDs. J.J. Nelson snagged 4/142/1 receiving out of six targets, while John Brown (three for 3/43/1), David Johnson (two for 2/17/1) and Darren Fells (two for 1/18/1) also scored. Larry Fitzgerald saw 13 passes for 8/90/0 receiving in that game. It's all good for the Cardinals in this phase of the game, and will get even better if Michael Floyd can return from his hamstring injury this week. The 49ers' pass D is ranked 27th in the NFL averaging 277.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 scores given up vs. seven interceptions (21st in the NFL) and 18 sacks (26th) generated to date. Over the past four weeks (three games), this team is ranked 17th in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (20.2 on average); has allowed the ninth-least fantasy points to opposing tight ends (6.2); and is tied for 12th in the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (22.8). Of late, San Francisco has bled out in the rushing phase of the game, but they have also gotten beaten up in this phase of the game with regularity during 2015. This is a uniformly poor defense. Advantage, Arizona.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at CLE 66 2 19 0 0 1.9
10 at SEA 73 2 26 1 0 8.6
11 vs CIN 41 0 0 0 0 0
12 at SF PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * * *
12 at SF PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * * *
12 at SF PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 10 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 26 / 1 rec)

Gresham was average at best blocking Sunday night, and only had two catches, but sure made that contribution count with his 14-yard go-ahead score midway through the 4th quarter. The TE seam-route has been an Achilles heel for Seattle all season long- Tyler Eifert scored twice on the play in Cincinnati's come from behind victory against Seattle week 5- and both Palmer and Gresham executed it perfectly. Gresham ran the route just wide enough to have separation from the incoming Earl Thomas after having gotten behind Chancellor, and Palmer threw a dime over the head of Kam and beating Thomas by a half step.

2015 Week 7 vs BAL (6 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)

Seeing significantly more playing time with the injury to Darren Fells, Gresham was featured heavily in the passing attack Monday night and did not disappoint. Gresham tied John Brown in both receptions and targets, with his only significant drop coming after a crushing hit from a Ravens' defender. Gresham has had some concentration issues that have plagued him throughout his career, dropping easy catches or failing to properly secure the ball after he does, making his performance Monday night all the more valuable. While Gresham should not expect to be featured so heavily going forward, he will continue to see additional opportunities with Fells likely missing a few more weeks. This will not translate to much fantasy value, if any at all, but can still serve as an important outlet for Palmer.

2015 Week 4 vs STL (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Much of what was said about for Fells applies to Gresham, with one notable exception. Gresham was targeted two more times than Fells and both instances resulted in bad drops.

2015 Week 3 vs SF (3 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)

Like Fells, Gresham was minimally involved in the passing game, yet did prove more effective of the two as a check-down option. Gresham did however earn the praise of General Manager Steve Keim, who commended Gersham's ability to set the edge in run blocking as an element the organization had been searching for for quite some time. Gresham also did appear to be the target of an early touchdown attempt, but the play was nullified by a false start penalty.

2015 Week 1 vs NO (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Gresham was only targeted once on the day, but having missed all of preseason recovering from a back injury, he should be more involved in the offense as the season continues.


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