Week in Review: Jermaine Gresham Finally Living up to Potential

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Nov 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) catches a pass for a touchdown while being defended by New York Giants free safety Antrel Rolle (26) in the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE



Gresham has certainly taken the next step this year, already catching  43 balls for 517 yards, and is on pace to finish 2012 with 70 receptions for 800 yards and 5 TDs, almost matching has career totals entering 2012. A good game for a TE usually consists of around 60 receiving yards. The top five TEs in the NFL based on receiving yards per game average between 59-68 yards per game. In his first two seasons, he only surpassed 60 yards receiving in a game four times. He’s accomplished that feat five times this season after Sunday’s 69-yard performance. His 6’5″ 260 lb frame allows him to absorb big hits going across the middle of the field and hold onto the football. His 35″ long arms allow him to go up and get balls no defender has a  chance at getting to. If Gresh can ever reach his potential, he’ll undoubtedly become one of the most indefensible receiving threats in the NFL.

Focus has been the biggest detriment to Jermaine, as evidenced by his 12% drop rate in the league last year, one of the worst drop rates in the NFL. The former Sooner is clearly reaching the upper-class of NFL TEs, and if he can continues to keep his head on a swivel and out of his butt, he’ll continue to make that climb. For now, he’s a great redzone threat and a descent run-blocker with a lot of room to grow.


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