Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham ready for a breakout season

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Aug 24, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) runs with the ball while Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker Sean Lee (50) attempts to tackle him in the first quarter at AT

 

With just two years left on his rookie deal, Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham has a lot to prove if he wants to get a long-term extension in Cincinnati, but he know he’s done nothing to each such a reward:

“I haven’t earned an extension. More so Geno, those guys earned that. They definitely earned what they got,” Gresham said. “They deserved it. I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t deserve it. Not right now. I’ve got a lot to prove. I haven’t done a lot. I’ve got a lot of making up to do to people around the city and for the organization, so I don’t think I deserve it.”

 

He pointed to his shortcomings in the team’s playoff loss to the Houston Texans as one of his lowest points as a pro. On that day, Gresham dropped two key passes that would have went for first-downs. They added to his career-high total of seven for the season, and the Bengals ended up losing to the Texans, 19-13.

“I wouldn’t say career but it was definitely something that I learned from. Something that I will get better from,” Gresham said. “It was a rough game and it cost my team a chance to win the game. I let a lot of people down, the organization, fans, the people that still doubt me I gave them a reason to keep doubting me. It was tough. I’ve got no one to blame but myself. It was definitely eye-opening.”

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