Someone in Cincinnati needs to step up as a consistent No.2 option in the passing game. While Jermaine Gresham has the ability to be that option, he needs to show us he can put together consistent numbers.
Three weeks ago Gresham had 68 yards and a score, only to go for 19 yards before the teams bye week. Gresham bounced back against the Broncos with six receptions for 108 yards and for the second time in three weeks, he has a play of more than 50 yards.
Because of the way the Bengals are structured as a team, Gresham should continue to benefit from the Bengals finding themselves in pass heavy situations weekly. Consider Gresham a low-end TE1 going forward, even if he has a few down weeks sprinkled in.
What Did We Learn From Week 9?
- Brandon Myers can find the end zone after all. In fact he rumbled his way past the stripe twice against the Buccaneers, upping his value in the future. As I’ve written about in recent weeks, the situation is there for Myers to be a productive low-end starting option, so keep him in the lineup.
- The Chargers continue to do a lousy job of giving Antonio Gates a reasonable amount of targets. Fortunately, Gates made the most of his three targets last week piling up three receptions for 43 yards and a score.
With Vincent Jackson gone and no true No.1 on the outside, defenses are bracketing Gates with regularity. I still believe he will breakout for a “Gates like” second half, but it’s been a down year to this point.
Sean’s Week 10 Watch List
- Scott Chandler picked up more than 50 yards against the Texans last week, but he continues to only see about four or five targets a game. This week Chandler gets the Patriots, a team he scored two touchdowns against early in the season.
Buffalo should find themselves in a pass heavy mode through the second half against a prevent defense. Simply put, if there’s ever a good week to roll the dice on Chandler, this is the week.
- Olsen continues to disappoint as the Panthers coaching staff is doing a pitiful job utilizing their talent. That said, tight ends have had success on the Broncos in recent weeks as Antonio Gates had two touchdowns against them, Jimmy Graham had a good game and Jermaine Gresham went more than 100 yards last week.
- Don’t blame Kyle Rudolph for failing to receive a reception over the past three weeks. Rather blame the coaching staff and the sorry play of Christian Ponder.
Until Ponder gets his act together, Rudolph isn’t even an option to hold on your roster.
|3||Jason Witten||@ Eagles|
|7||Tony Gonzalez||@ Saints|
|9||Antonio Gates||@ Buccaneers|
|10||Owen Daniels||@ Bears|
|11||Brandon Pettigrew||@ Vikings|
|12||Brandon Myers||@ Ravens|
|13||Scott Chandler||@ Patriots|
|14||Dustin Keller||@ Seahawks|
|17||Martellus Bennett (I)||@ Bengals|