CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 2: Jermaine Gresham #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals hauls in a touchdown pass against George Wilson #87 of the Buffalo Bills during their games on October 2, 2011 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Bills 23-20. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
Jermaine Gresham is one modest man. He does not get a kick out of talking to the media, but he has some interesting things to say when he does. Gresham does not think that he should have been a Pro Bowl player last year:
"I'm just very, very average; below average," Gresham said. "I need to excel in things so I can be in the top level tier (with) those guys at some point. I'm just not good enough right now. I need to pick up my level of game. I need to perfect everything in the craft of the tight end position. You want to be the best. I believe I can be that guy. It's more pride than anything. You just have to keep up with your peers."
You have to love the guy saying that he is not good enough, even after a Pro Bowl season. He would say that he only made the Pro Bowl because Gronkowski and Hernandez went to the Super Bowl, which is true. But Gresham is a better player than he seems to give himself credit for. He is improving as a blocker, and he has had experience blocking some stud pass rushers. Gresham does need to improve his run blocking and become an integral part of the Bengal offense this season. He would ideally be the number two option in the offense, after A.J. Green. Gresham has had an entire offseason to get more familiar in Jay Gruden's offense, which should help him. An offense with the tight end involved is always a more effective offense, so the development of Gresham is key this season.