CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 24: Jermaine Gresham #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts after a fumble by Cedric Benson late in the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Cardinals 23-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Many NFL experts are predicting big things in 2012 for Bengals tight end, Jermaine Gresham. Recently, ESPN's John Clayton named Gresham to his top-ten list of NFL tight ends and with the continuing development of Andy Dalton and the rest of the offense, Gresham could be looking at a breakout year.
Recently, Gresham spoke with NFL Insider, Pat Kirwan about a couple of topics, including the Monday Night Football matchup against the Baltimore Ravens and rookie Orson Charles. He also touched on the outlook of the 2012 squad.
talkin w/ Jermaine Gresham-says the opening game vs BLT a 'must win' situation. He thinks Orson Charles has a chance to make an early impact
If you frequent Cincy Jungle, you'd have known that we are also high on Charles and his potential contributions in 2012. Gresham apparently agrees and let's hope that he has taken him under his wing and is tutoring him in the ways of being an NFL tight end. The two on the field together definitely brings exciting thoughts to fans.
The big news though is Gresham declaring the Ravens game a "must-win" one. We're not sure that the rest of the team echoes his sentiments on the matter, but they very well could. When examining the game, it definitely appears to be a huge one. Not only is it a divisional away game, but the games that follow aren't nearly as difficult (on paper) and the team could really get off to a fast start and get a stranglehold on the AFC.
Of the 2012 Bengals, Gresham was very confident about the outlook of the team:
It's great to see the confidence oozing out of Gresham and the players feeling good about next season. Even though expectations were also high going into 2010, this year just has a different feeling to it. There are young, hungry players eager to rid themselves of the bad taste left from the playoff loss at the hands of the Houston Texans. Gresham, for one, sounds ready for 2012.