Moving to the other side of the ball, there was one player who just seemed to disappear under a heap of high expectations. Jermaine Gresham was a player who fans had high hopes for, but in game one, he did little to justify those predictions. He had a few short completions, one of which was on a big 3rd down play, where he seemed surprised that he even had the ball and was stopped short of the marker. He was also apparently running an incorrect route on the pick six that basically ended the game. Gresham has as much talent as anybody, and can be an elite TE, but he needs to step up, or maybe Donald Lee and Orson Charles should start taking more snaps.
Some of the other units that fans have worried about, the beaten up O-line and the running back position in particular, played well. BenJarvus Green-Ellis was brought in as a free agent to jump start the running game for Cincinnati, and did just that against a tough Ravens defense, carrying the ball 18 times for 91 yards and a TD, where he barreled through the Baltimore tacklers to reach the goal line. The Law Firm was one of the highlights for the losing team. The offensive line, down a few starters, and with Jeff Faine having only been signed days ago, perfermed admirably as well, opening some nice windows for BJGE and giving solid protection to QB Andy Dalton.
Despite a couple of uncharacteristic drops from A.J.Green, (one of which was a questionable call) the WR corps played well. Green got himself open several times and Armon Binns, who got the start at the #2 spot, looked promising as well. The receiver who stole the show, however, was Andrew Hawkins. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was creative with him, getting him the ball in space, and he delivered, with eight catches for 86 yards, and looked exciting overall.