Gresham has held Bengals No. 1 TE position since onset of his career in 2010, and has been selected to two consecutive Pro Bowls ... Finished second on 2012 team in receptions (64) and receiving yards (737), and third in TDs (five) ... First Bengals TE to log three consecutive seasons of 50 or more catches, and only one other TE had as many as two straight (Dan Ross, 1980-81) ... Athletic 260-pounder who has all the tools and attitude to continue development into a top blocker.
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).
2012 GENERAL: 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).
2012 GAME-BY-GAME: 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.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.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 Newsin 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.”