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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 9: vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Andy Dalton found a way to score against the Ravens, with 6/14/2 rushing to help out his fantasy owners (21/28 for 266 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown). Mohamed Sanu continued to do the heavy lifting for the injury-decimated receiving corps, with nine targets for 5/125/0 receiving to his credit. Greg Little was a temporary lift (five targets for 3/42/0 receiving) while Cincinnati waits for A.J. Green to get back in the action. Green said after the game last week that his sore toe is back to 80% healthy, and IF he doesn't suffer another practice-session setback it is looking good for Green to play in Week 9. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News later this week for the latest on Green's practice participation. If he can go, it should provide a lift for Dalton's performance as a passer. The Jaguars started the year being pathetic at pass defense, and currently rank 27th in the NFL averaging 267.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 pass TDs allowed vs. a mere three interceptions (tied for 26th in the NFL). They do have 25 sacks this season (tied for second in the NFL), which has become a building block for the pass D. Ryan Tannehill was held to 16/29 for 178 net yards, one TD and one interception thrown last week (three sacks taken for -18 yards), while Brian Hoyer threw 16/41 for 197 net yards, zero TDs and one interception two games ago (also three sacks taken for -18 yards). During October, the Jaguars' pass D has taken several steps forward - they aren't getting totally dominated in this phase of the game anymore. Dalton has faltered without Green, but against the so-so Jaguars pass D he should be able to get on track in the passing phase of the game.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
5 at NE 2 15 0 0
6 vs CAR 6 68 0 0
7 at IND 10 48 0 0
8 vs BAL 4 34 0 0
9 vs JAX PROJ-Dodds 5 * * *
9 vs JAX PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
9 vs JAX PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs CAR (7 / 6 / 68 / 0 rec)

Gresham has had an awful season so far, completely failing to step up while Eifert has been out. But he finally came up big when the Bengals needed him the most. This offense would have been in deep trouble without a contribution from the big TE, and he made some nice plays. He converted a first down over the middle early in the game. Then on the third possession, Dalton hit Gresham for 23 yards deep down the middle of the field. Gresham was again running down the middle of the field on one of Dalton's INT's and Dalton badly overthrew him on the INT. Gresham also made a nice catch and run on a short pass on the Bengals final drive in OT, catching the ball at the line of scrimmage and making a nice 8 yard run to put the Bengals in good position. The 6 catch, 68 yard statline is the type of contribution that Gresham has consistently made for years. Though he's never been spectacular or game-breaking, Gresham has always been a solid TE. So his inability to do anything so far this year, has been particularly concerning, especially given the number of injuries the Bengals have had on offense. This performance by Gresham was sorely needed, and he certainly will get a lot of looks next week against Indianapolis with AJ Green likely out again.

2014 Week 7 vs IND (12 / 10 / 48 / 0 rec)

Gresham had 10 receptions, which usually means you've had a great day. But the receptions were all short dumpoffs, and the Colts were more than happy to allow Gresham to get them. He played the safety valve role, but provided no spark from it. Gresham looks slower than ever, and he struggled to make anything happen after the catch, as the swarming Colts defense kept him completely under wraps. It's hard to imagine a guy getting 10 receptions and only 2 first downs, but Gresham somehow managed that, showing how irrelevant his "big day" actually was.

2014 Week 8 vs BAL (4 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)

The Bengals must have realized that Gresham's 10 catches from a week ago weren't an effective way of moving the ball, as they rarely looked his direction against Baltimore. He did have four catches, but he looked slow and just doesn't make plays anymore. Expect Eifert to quickly leapfrog Gresham upon his return, because Gresham looks washed up, slow and ineffective.

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Latest News

Bengals | Jermaine Gresham may be available (Sun Oct 19, 12:15 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham could be available in a trade before the trade deadline.

Our View: Gresham could help a team like the Lions or Seahawks that are having trouble at tight end with injuries, but if the Bengals, who are missing Tyler Eifert, are willing to deal Gresham, you have to wonder how much he could help.
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Schedule

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