With a lot of the talk this offseason being about Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert and his potential impact on a Bengals squad looking to go from being an average unit to one capable of making a postseason run, it’s easy to forget that Jermaine Gresham was once viewed as the next great NFL TE. Though he’s been to a pair of Pro Bowls as an alternate, most would agree Gresh has failed to live up to the high expectations placed on him when he came out of Oklahoma, but CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora believes the former Sooner is poised for a breakout 2013 campaign:
You cannot deny Gresham’s athleticism and ability, and sometimes it takes a little time for it to come together, and perhaps Eifert’s arrival will be a kick in the pants as well. Coordinator Jay Gruden is already falling in love with his two-tight end sets, and I believe Gresham actually will benefit from Eifert’s arrival.
A.J. Green already scares the hell out of every opponent on the outside and quarterback Andy Dalton knows he needs to take a step up this season. Gresham has two years left on his rookie deal and must realize if he’s going to be primed for a possible exit in free agency, or through trade, the time to improve his stock is now.
He has shown enough flashes to merit further consideration and he was targeted nearly 100 times already in this offense a year ago. He has more experience in Gruden’s system and years of practicing with Dalton, all of which should serve him well, and I believe the drafting of another player at his position so high, and so soon, will ultimately expedite Gresham’s blossoming.