TE Jermaine Gresham
The lead tight end has had several clutch catches and runs after the catch for first downs. However he needs to clean his game up in more ways then one.
After leading tight ends in penalties last year, he is on track to do it again, another fumble last week showed Gresham still holding the ball out away from his body. This week he will be asked to block two edge rushers in old friend Paul Kruger and explosive rookie Barkevious Mingo, together they “only” have 3 sacks but Gresham will have to hold his blocks on the edge to prevent them from disrupting the play.
If he can hold onto the ball and limit the penalties, this is the type of game where Gresham could have a big impact.
DT Geno Atkins
Say it ain’t so Geno. While Atkins has made some plays this year, he was controlled plenty last week when blocked one on one. Bengals Radio Network analyst Dave Lapham noticed Geno becoming a bit agitated and agrees that he hasn’t seen the same disruption yet this year from Geno.
This week is a perfect week for a two sack performance from Geno with Brian Hoyer at the helm. He will see a lot of CLE center Alex Mack who is as solid as they come in the middle of the line.