During the 2012 season, Jermaine Gresham dropped 6 passes. The odd thing? AJ Green had more dropped passes than him. But let’s go a bit further into numbers. Jimmy Graham, Brandon Pettigrew, Brent Celek, Jermichael Finley, Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Myers, and Delanie Walker all had more dropped passes than him. That’s not enough for some people, so I had to go the 2nd mile to show targets as well.
Jimmy Graham was targeted 135 times. Brandon Pettigrew was targeted 100 times.
Brent Celek was targeted 87 times. Jermichael Finley was targeted 88 times.
Aaron Hernandez was targeted 84 times. Brandon Myers was targeted 105 times.
Delanie Walker was targeted 39 times. And finally,Gresham was targeted 94 times.
So only 3 of those players had more targets than Gresham, but Gresham had less drops than all those players named. So while people are going to bring up the Houston game, these numbers don’t lie either. Yes, Gresham didn’t show up in a huge game, but that doesn’t mean he is a bad player or anything.
Overall, Gresham is a very good TE. He has athleticism, has made great catches, improved every year, and still has yet to hit his ceiling. His “dropped passes” gets blown out of proportion, but it is understandable because of the Houston game.Gresham is inconsistent in clutch situations, something he will need to work on for the 2013 season. In some big games, he was nowhere to be found, in others he came up big.
He will have to work on this and have better focus, but one can believe that he will reach that. He has improved in almost every facet of the game every year, if he becomes consistent in clutch situations, this Bengals offense will be tough to stop. Even with the addition of Eifert, expect Gresham to put up big numbers and continue to progress.