Jermaine Gresham' fantasy football stock on life support

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Dec 13, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) carries the ball on a 19-yard reception in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

 

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham has been a player that will make you say “awe” with his play one game, only to disappear the next week and fail to show up in a game, no matter how important it may be. But the former All-American out of Oklahoma has owned up to his shortcomings, and vowed to correct them this offseason.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder trained with four-time Olympic track-and-field gold medalist Michael Johnson in Texas during the offseason. The training was centered on football skills for overall performance rather than getting bigger or stronger, as his goal is to contribute more in the passing game this season.

Thus far, he’s been a reliable target when thrown to in the passing game, but his biggest weakness still remains.

That being his run-blocking. While he has the frame of a small offensive tackle, he’s often the team’s biggest liability when asked to get his hands dirty in the run game. According to Pro Football Focus, Gresham’s struggles in the run game were once again evident against the New England Patriots

It gets worse unfortunately. He’s currently ranked as the second-worst TE out of 56 eligible TEs by PFF, due in large part to his -12.5 run blocking grade, by-far the worst rating by a TE.

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