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TE Jermaine Gresham - Arizona Cardinals

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

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General News (Thu Dec 14): did not practice on Thursday (due to illness).

Week 15: at Washington Redskins

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FBG says: Good matchup. Blaine Gabbert continued his regression back to what we were used to seeing in years past as he went all the way from three touchdowns and 257 passing yards in Week 11 to zero touchdowns and 178 passing yards last week against what was the best matchup of his four weeks under center this season. Gabbert and the rest of the Cardinals offense were seriously hindered last week by their offensive line that allowed eight sacks on the day. The Cardinals have now given up 15 sacks over the last two games, which is a stat that has to have the Redskins pass rushers licking their chops--especially since the Cardinals lost even more offensive linemen to injury last week. Larry Fitzgerald continues to be the only reliable pass-catcher as he hauled in five receptions for 44 yards last week. While a subdued performance, Fitzgerald continues to get the targets for the Cardinals whole nobody else on that offense can be trusted. The Redskins were throttled last week by the Chargers after having a couple nice games in Weeks 12-13 against opposing passers. The Redskins allowed two separate wide receivers to surpass 110 receiving yards last week, and have now allowed seven receivers to surpass 75 yards in their last six games, including four 100+ yard performances. With the exception of Eli Manning in Week 12, Washington has let every opposing quarterback they have faced pass for multiple touchdowns since Week 9. Josh Norman has been decent this year, but he has struggled in recent weeks. Norman had a rough outing against the Chargers last week as he allowed a 75-yard touchdown to Tyrell Williams and a 51-yard bomb to Keenan Allen. Unfortunately for Larry Fitzgerald, The Redskins best cornerback has been Kendall Fuller covering the slot--so Fitzgerald will not have as positive of a matchup as the rest of the Cardinals receiving corps.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at HOU 45 1 10 0 0 1
12 vs JAX 50 2 13 0 0 1.3
13 vs LAR 33 2 17 0 0 1.7
14 vs TEN 49 2 27 0 0 2.7
15 at WAS PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * * *
15 at WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * * *
15 at WAS PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs TEN (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Gresham being mentioned is more by default, as he contribution to the game was minimal at best. In fact, the most noteworthy element of Gresham's afternoon was his sideline spat with Head Coach Bruce Arians. Nothing became of it; it was an argument that can be seen on nearly any NFL sideline, but considering Gresham's output on the field, it ended up being his most significant moment of an otherwise uninspired game.

2017 Week 10 vs SEA (7 / 5 / 64 / 1 rec)

Every season Gresham has a few games that he rises above his usual play and puts on a bit of a show. Thursday night was one of those games for Gresham, scoring the team's only "real" touchdown, and providing Stanton with an important security blanket all even long. Gresham finished second on the team in targets, receptions and yards, and his first quarter touchdown kept the team in the game far longer than anyone anticipated. That play, a simple tight end screen, saw the Cardinals taking advantage of an active Seattle pass rush allowing Gresham to all but waltz into the end zone for the score. In typical Gresham fashion, he later dropped what could have been another touchdown, but credit where due Gresham played one of his better games of the season.

2017 Week 9 vs SF (3 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)

Gresham's touchdown came on a play he has too often failed to convert throughout the 2017 season; a quick skinny-post requiring a contested catch. Gresham made good on his opportunity Sunday, and while deserving credit for the play he made, it was a reminder of his frequent failures and the absurd contract he was rewarded with for it.

2017 Week 7 vs LAR (3 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

The seven million dollar man was targeted three times Sunday, dropping two. Gresham's drop total matched his penalties, delivering a truly inept performance for the offense.

2017 Week 5 vs PHI (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

TE Jermaine Gresham: Gresham was a complete nonfactor in the game, contributing little beyond one first-down catch, and little more in the run game. Gresham's contract continues to look like a mistake.

2017 Week 4 vs SF (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

While Gresham's primary role has always been as a blocker in this offense, that's been amplified of late with the offensive line struggles. The return of DJ Humphries may allow Gresham an increased role in the passing game, but its difficult to imagine a significant one.

2017 Week 3 vs DAL (9 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

While seeing a high-water mark of five receptions, his most in a game dating back to 2014, Gresham had an up-and-down game in the loss to Dallas. Gresham won down the seam on the opening play of the game for a solid gain, only to see short targets the rest of the game. Gresham logged a third down drop and had another contested third down opportunity tipped away by tight coverage. Gresham has limited opportunities after the catch, but he has struggled in recent seasons to do much beyond the catch point at this stage of his career.

2017 Week 1 vs DET (4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Gresham picked up right where he left off in 2016; becoming more of a focal point of the offense while still impeding it with costly penalties. On Sunday, three of Gresham's four targets were all in the red zone, one of which would have been a touchdown had it not been for Gresham's own holding penalty. At this point the costly penalties seem so imbedded in Gresham's game its foolish to expect otherwise. What is curious is the uptick in red zone targets. Is it a function of the lack of weapons elsewhere or a genuine desire to see him more involved in the passing attack with his newly minted contract extension? While neither reason would point to Gresham becoming a viable fantasy starter, it will be an interesting development to follow throughout the season.

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Latest News

Cardinals | Arizona's Thursday practice report (Thu Dec 14, 07:19 PM) - Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (illness), LB Gabe Martin (hamstring) and OG Earl Watford (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 14. S Budda Baker (thigh), FS Antoine Bethea (knee), OG Alex Boone (back), DT Josh Mauro (ankle) and DT Corey Peters (ankle) were limited during practice. LB Karlos Dansby (non-injury), LB Chandler Jones (hip) and DT Frostee Rucker (non-injury) fully participated in practice.

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