Marvin Lewis On Jermaine Gresham: Pro Bowl Translated Into Huge Growth Spurt

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 01: Jermaine Gresham #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball and tries to avoid the defensive pressure of Dannell Ellerbe #59 of the Baltimore Ravens during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis offered an interesting perspective during Tuesday's press conference regarding tight end Jermaine Gresham. Lewis said:

"I think Jermaine (Gresham) going to the Pro Bowl last year was the best teaching, coaching experience we could ever have with him for him to mature. He's a different man -- very, very confident in himself."

Gresham is entering his third season in the NFL after being selected in the first-round of the 2010 NFL draft. In two seasons with the Bengals, Gresham has accumulated 108 receptions for 1,067 yards receiving and ten touchdowns, with two quarterbacks and vastly different offensive philosophies. During his rookie season, Gresham tied Jordan Shipley with a league leading 52 receptions among all AFC rookies.

When New England went to the Super Bowl last year, taking Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, along with Owen Daniels dealing with an injury, Gresham was added to the 2012 Pro Bowl team. He caught one pass for 14 yards and apparently a career-altering experience.

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