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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 1): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 30): did not practice on Wednesday (due to illness).

Week 13: vs Washington Redskins

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Carson Palmer is throwing the ball well, but his wide receivers are dropping routine balls and not helping out their quarterback enough. Last week, Palmer threw 25/45 for 289 yards, two TDs and one interception with two sacks taken for -15 yards, but it was up to running back David Johnson to lead the team in receiving with 11 targets for 8/103/1 receiving. Tight end Jermaine Gresham continued his late-season surge with 10 targets for 5/35/1 receiving, while Larry Fitzgerald was second on the squad with four targets for 4/53/0 receiving. John Brown (two for 1/19/0) tweaked his troublesome hamstring (again) and exited the game, while Michael Floyd (five for 2/31/0) and J.J. Nelson (four for 2/30/0) mixed drops with a few catches. Arizona has an issue at wide receiver right now, aside from the ultra-reliable Fitzgerald. Brown (hamstring) will see multiple specialists this week due to the sickle-cell trait continuously causing his legs to tighten. 'That's the one that's so baffling,' head coach Bruce Arians said on Wednesday, November 30. 'It's not really a pull. Whatever the blood issue he has the legs tighten up.' The Washington pass defense wasn't challenged by the Dallas passing attack very often last weekend (17/24 for 190 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -5 yards) as the Cowboys' runners piled up 30/163/3 during the contest. Two weeks ago the Washington pass defense surrendered 27/44 for 340 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception with two sacks for -20 yards to the Packers' quarterbacks. From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Washington has averaged 26.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fourth-most in the NFL); and 25.1 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (11th-most); with 12.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (most in the league during that time span). The Cardinals have another inviting passing matchup this week - will Palmer and company be able to take advantage of the situation?

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs SF 68 4 37 0 0 3.7
11 at MIN 59 2 33 1 0 8.3
12 at ATL 62 5 35 1 0 9.5
13 vs WAS PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
13 vs WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
13 vs WAS PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Cardinals | Full practice for Jermaine Gresham (Thu Dec 1, 11:04 PM) - Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) returned to practice and was a full participant Thursday, Dec. 1.

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Cardinals | No practice for Jermaine Gresham (Wed Nov 30, 08:04 PM) - Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Cardinals | Jermaine Gresham finds end zone (Sun Nov 27, 04:45 PM) - Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham caught five passes for 35 yards and one touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12.

Our View: Start your tight ends against Atlanta. Travis Kelce and the Chiefs are up next.
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