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TE Jermaine Gresham - Cincinnati Bengals

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

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Week 3: vs Tennessee Titans

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The Bengals have thrown for over 300 yards passing in each of their first two games - last week, Andy Dalton (15/23 for 252 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions) was helped out by Mohamed Sanu (1/1 for 50 yards passing) - neither guy was sacked during Week 2. Sanu not only threw an impressive, on-target long bomb, he also racked up four targets for 3/84/1 to account for the only TD pass from Dalton during the game. Giovani Bernard (six targets for 5/79/0), Brandon Tate (three for 1/50/0), Dane Sanzenbacher (four for 2/42/0) and Jermaine Gresham (three targets for 3/25/0) were all also heavily involved after A.J. Green was forced out of the lineup due to aggravating a foot/toe injury. Dalton is getting the job done even without his #1 and #2 (Marvin Jones, rehabbing after foot surgery) wide receivers on the field. During Week One, Alex Smith was sacked four times for -24 yards, hit five other times, intercepted three times, and ended the day with a mere 19/35 for 178 net yards passing, with one TD thrown vs. Tennessee. Tony Romo watched his backs pile up 43/220/1 rushing at Tennessee last week, so Romo didn't have to throw much (19/29 for 148 net yards, one TD with zero interceptions thrown, and four sacks taken for -28 yards). The Titans are tied for second in the NFL with eight sacks so far this year, and they haven't allowed much in the way of passing yards, either, as you can see. Dalton and company are diminished without Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones - also, A.J. Green is proving iffy during September due to his nagging toe injury. Meanwhile the Bengals' backs have a great matchup - we think the team will slant the game plan towards the rushing game this week. Advantage, Tennessee.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
1 at BAL 2 16 0 0
2 vs ATL 3 25 0 0
3 vs TEN PROJ-Dodds 3 * * *
3 vs TEN PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
3 vs TEN PROJ-Bloom 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs BAL (5 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Gresham did not look comfortable in the new offense. On two occasions he failed to properly finish his routes, once in the redzone. He was running inside, and then was supposed to cut outside to get away from the defender. But instead of rolling out away from the defenders, he stood there and the ball was thrown past him. Gresham was the main man in 2013 for Cincy at TE. But under Hue Jackson, it looks like he wasn't a big part of the gameplan. Eifert looked like a natural and was probably going to get the majority of the reps. Whether Gresham is having problems with the new system remains to be seen. But he wasn't able to help Dalton and the offense out very much in this one.

2014 Week 2 vs ATL (3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Gresham has the entire TE position to himself with Eifert's injury. Despite this, the 2-time Pro Bowler was once again a non-factor. Gresham only had 3 receptions, and they were all of the short variety. If the game script flips over the next couple games, I suppose Dalton may rely on Gresham more than he has thus far. But for now he's blocking and working as a safety valve for Dalton.

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Latest News

Bengals | Tyler Eifert to short-term IR (Wed Sep 10, 11:14 AM) - The Cincinnati Bengals have placed TE Tyler Eifert (elbow) on the Active/Reserve/Injured list.

Our View: The Bengals passing game is already without wide receiver Marvin Jones. Eifert was an interesting TE2 option for fantasy owners this year, but now he won't be available until Week 10 against the Saints at the earliest. Jermaine Gresham and Alex Smith take over at tight end, and neither are exciting fantasy options.
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Bengals | Tyler Eifert may face IR (Mon Sep 8, 02:32 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (elbow) may be a candidate for short-term injured reserve due to his elbow injury. If Eifert elects short-term IR, he would be sidelined at least eight weeks.

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Schedule

3vs Tennessee Titans
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5@ New England Patriots
6vs Carolina Panthers
7@ Indianapolis Colts
8vs Baltimore Ravens
9vs Jacksonville Jaguars
10vs Cleveland Browns
11@ New Orleans Saints
12@ Houston Texans
13@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15@ Cleveland Browns
16vs Denver Broncos
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers