Gresham has held starting position since onset of his career in 2010 and was selected to two consecutive Pro Bowls (2011-12 seasons) ... Finished 2013 season with 46 catches, finishing just shy of joining Hall of Famer Mike Ditka as only TEs with 50 or more catches in each of first four NFL seasons ... First Bengals TE to log three consecutive seasons of 50 or more catches.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Started 14 games, missing Games 10 (groin injury) and 16 (hamstring) ... Ranked fifth on team in receptions (46), fourth in receiving yards (461) and third in receiving TDs (four) … Season bests in receptions (six) and yards (66) Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh ... Four catches for 27 yards Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, but suffered a lost fumble … Led team in receiving yards (53) Sept. 29 at Cleveland, with three receptions ... Caught four-for-24 Oct. 6 vs. New England ... Caught four-for-64 Oct. 20 at Detroit, including personal season-long 30-yard reception ... Caught two-for-14, including a four-yard TD, his first of the season, Oct. 27 vs. Jets ... Caught three-for-33 on Oct. 31 at Miami … Showed great focus and footwork Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, grabbing pass in coverage in corner of field at Browns one-yard line and eluding tacklers to complete 25-yard TD that launched Bengals comeback win ... Did not have a catch Dec. 1 at San Diego, but was credited by coaches for key blocking role in 164-yard rushing effort ... Caught five-for-41 on Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis, with a one-yard TD in third quarter that halted 14-0 Colts run ... Caught three-for-49 with a 16-yard TD on Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in first round of 2010 NFL Draft (21st overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 8-3-10.
PRO BOWL PARTICIPATION: Selected to and played in two games ... Caught one-for-five in 2012 season and one-for-14 in ’11 season (both games at Honolulu).PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2010—Played in 15 games, missing season finale due to a knee strain ... His 52 receptions broke Tony McGee’s 1995 mark of 44 for most catches by a Bengals rookie TE ... Tied teammate Jordan Shipley for most receptions by any Bengals rookie since 1985 (WR Eddie Brown, 53) ... His TD catch total of four was the most ever by a Bengals rookie playing strictly TE ... Caught six-for-25 in NFL debut Sept. 12 at New England, including one-yard TD pass from Carson Palmer in third quarter ... Had personal season bests of nine catches and 85 yards, with 19-yard TD, Nov. 14 at Indianapolis ... Had prodigious fourth quarter in Colts game, with all nine of his catches in the period, but he fumbled (lost) after the final catch, ending Bengals comeback hopes ... Caught three-for-43, plus two-point conversion reception, Dec. 5 vs. New Orleans ... Caught four-for-56 Dec. 26 vs. San Diego, including three-yard TD on third-and-goal in first quarter, making the catch despite pass interference by Chargers.
2011—Despite missing Games 7 and 8 to a hamstring injury, ranked second on team in receptions (56) and third in receiving yards (596) ... Tied for second on team in TDs (six), one behind A.J. Green ... Contributed to pass protection effort that ranked tied for fourth in NFL in fewest sacks allowed (25) ... On Sept. 11 at Cleveland, led team in catches (six) and receiving yards (58), and displayed great hands on a two-yard TD bullet from Andy Dalton in first quarter ... On Oct. 2 vs. Buffalo, had a 17-yard TD in third quarter, and added key 25-yard catch on Bengals game-tying fourth-quarter TD drive ... On Oct. 9 at Jacksonville, had a three-yard TD catch in the second quarter, and on the game-deciding fourth-quarter TD drive, caught a nine-yard pass to the Jaguars 10 on fourth-and-six ... On Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland, had leaping 22-yard TD grab in the third quarter and supported 106 rushing yards by Cedric Benson ... On Dec. 24 vs. Arizona, led the team in receiving yards (56), tied for the team lead in receptions (five) and had an 11-yard TD catch in the first quarter to make score 10-0 ... Caught five passes for 46 yards in Wild Card playoff loss 1-7-12 at Houston.
2012—Played in all 16 games, with 15 starts (Games 1-6 and 8-16) ... Logged career highs in receptions (64) and receiving yards (737), with five TDs (career high is six) ... Four receptions for 37 yards Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland, including acrobatic 22-yarder to convert a third-and-seven late in fourth quarter, moving Cincinnati into position for FG that put Bengals ahead 34-24 ... His five-for-64 day Sept. 23 at Washington included six-yard TD in fourth quarter that put Bengals ahead to stay at 31-24 ... Five-for-47 receiving Sept. 30 at Jacksonville, and drew a key pass interference call in the end zone on third down to set up an Andy Dalton rushing TD ... Caught three-for-68 Oct. 14 at Cleveland, including career-long 55-yarder for TD in first quarter ... Six receptions for career high 108 receiving yards Nov. 4 vs. Denver, including 52-yarder to Denver 11 in third quarter that set up a Bengals TD ... Three-for-15 receiving Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants, including 10-yard TD ... Four-for-41 receiving Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, including seven-yard TD in fourth quarter ... Four-for-35 receiving Dec. 2 at San Diego, including a 19-yard TD in first quarter ... Four receptions for 43 yards Dec. 9 vs. Dallas, including a spectacular one-handed grab over the middle in the second quarter that converted a third-and-seven and set up a go-ahead FG ... Six receptions (tied for team lead) for 63 yards (led team) Dec. 13 at Philadelphia ... Three-for-38 receiving Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh, including a 25-yarder in the third quarter to convert a third-and-14 and a 12-yarder in the fourth quarter to convert a third-and-nine ... Caught two-for-seven in Wild Card playoff 1-5-13 at Houston.COLLEGE: Played in all 42 Oklahoma games from 2006-08, helping team to 34-8 record, with two Fiesta Bowls and one berth in BCS Championship game ... Did not play in 2009, due to knee injury suffered in preseason practice ... Declined an option to return to Oklahoma for 2010 ... In his three seasons, totaled 111 receptions for 1629 yards (14.7 average), and his 26 TDs ranked second in Big 12 history for tight ends ... Earned first-team All-America honors from The Sporting News in 2008, when he set school records for TEs in TDs (14) and receiving yards (950) ... Scored 25 TDs in his last 28 games.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Ardmore, Okla. ... Attended Ardmore High School, where as a senior he was rated top TE prospect in the nation by PrepStar and Rivals.com ... Also a basketball standout in high school ... Majored at Oklahoma in multidisciplinary studies ... First name is pronounced “jer-MAIN” and last name is pronounced “GRESH-em.”
Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham hasn't said much since his three drops in last season's Wild Card loss in Houston, but before Thursday's practice he said plenty.
Jermaine Gresham may remain a mystery to the media, but not to his coaches and his teammates. Particularly Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and his offensive coordinator at Oklahoma, Kevin Wilson.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is hit while throwing, but still manages to find tight end Jermaine Gresham for a 4-yard touchdown.
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham catches a 16-yard strike from quarterback Andy Dalton for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings.
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham hauls in a 25-yard touchdown pass after fighting off three Cleveland Browns defenders before making it into the end zone.