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Jermaine Gresham shows improvement, but run-blocking woes continue

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Sep 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) makes a leaping catch as Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Craig Robertson (53) defends during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns beat the Bengals 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

That’s not to say Gresham hasn’t improved this year, specifically on his catching ability. Gresham dropped a critical pass in Cincinnati’s 19-13 playoff loss to the Houston Texans. The letdown performance haunted him throughout the offseason, and helped serve as motivation to take his game to another level this year:

"“My whole intent during the offseason was to make up for where I left off in the playoff game last season,” Gresham said. “There’s no doubt about it, I cost my team the game.  My mindset since then has been about getting back to playing the position and catching passes on the field consistently instead of looking not so healthy out there at times. I had to get my mind right.”"

He currently has 22 catches with no drops. While it would be nice to see the ball thrown to him more, he’s shown that he’s become a more reliable receiving threat.

Still, a number of things are causing this offense to continuously be below-average, and Gresham’s lack of consistent blocking is one of those. At this point in his career, it’s hard to see him improving significantly, but this team needs him to improve as much as he possibly can if they want to become more efficient and take some of the weight off of the defense.

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