That game saw Gresham catch just two balls on seven targets. Sunday vs the Chicago Bears, he was a perfect 5/5 on catches-per-target. Though he only accounted for 35 yards, most of those receptions resulted in first-downs and kept the ball moving and put the Bengals in positions to score more than the 21 points they mustered. He also blocked very-well yesterday, something he’s been very reluctant to do during his 4-year career. The Bears got very little pressure on Dalton from their outside pass-rush, and Gresham’s dedication to becoming a better blocker was big reason for that yesterday.
Dalton also noted how important Gresham was in moving the ball and getting those tough yards-after-contact:
Jermaine Gresham is really good at that. Once the ball is in his hands, he makes guys miss and finds ways to get first downs. I’m really happy with him.
Gresham has been one of the most enigmatic players in the NFL since coming out of Oklahoma in the 2012 NFL Draft. Joining him in that draft were some of the best TEs in the game today, including the New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham and the New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkwoski.
Those have been the two best TEs in the league over the past two seasons, and while Gresham has at times shown the potential to be in the same class as them, he’s had too many games like the one vs the Texans in which he just didn’t play like he cared about winning the game.