Jermaine Gresham is back with the Cardinals this season after he signed a one-year contract, and he will be No. 2 on the depth chart behind Darren Fells. Gresham's best attribute is his blocking, but that doesn't help Fantasy owners. And Cardinals coach Bruce Arians doesn't feature the tight end in his offense, so Gresham has minimal Fantasy value in the majority of leagues. Ignore him in all formats on Draft Day.
The Cardinals and Gresham agreed to a contract Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Gresham underwent back surgery last offseason and didn't find a home until a few days before the Cardinals kicked off training camp. Due to his conditioning at the time, he didn't pick up any snaps in the preseason, yet he was ready for Week 1. Missing one game due to a knee injury, he otherwise recorded a catch in all but four regular season contests and finished with an 18-223-1 line on 32 targets. The presence of Darren Fells will likely relegate Gresham to a reserve role in 2016, depending on any moves made within the TE group as the offseason progresses.
Gresham totaled 18 receptions (on 32 targets) for 223 yards and one touchdown in 15 games during the 2015 campaign. On the surface, the signing of Gresham at the outset of training camp appeared to be a perfect match due to the Cardinals' need at tight end and his previous relationship with Carson Palmer in Cincinnati. Gresham's initial practice was delayed, though, due to offseason surgery to repair a herniated disc, and multiple injuries served to quell his snap count, resulting in just 54 percent of the offensive snaps. The preceding allowed Darren Fells to lead the way at the position in every category but targets, which may be enough to allow Gresham to walk as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
Gresham hauled in two of three targets for 36 yards during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Gresham appeared to be gaining momentum within the Cardinals' offense on multiple occasions this season, only to sustain an ailment. The most recent occurred in Week 13 at St. Louis, from which he suffered a knee injury and sat out the following game. In the meantime, he's recorded just three receptions (on five targets) for 43 yards, with Sunday's multi-catch outing marking his fifth in 15 contests. Similarly constrained within the system, fellow tight end Darren Fells also has five such performances to his name, but visits to the end zone have been more frequent this season (three, versus one for Gresham).
Gresham (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the Packers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Gresham proved his health with back-to-back full practices to end the week, but a lack of targets (27 in 13 appearances) doesn't lend itself to those seeking fantasy titles.
Gresham (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Packers. Gresham was limited at Wednesday's practice, but he is set to play Sunday after practicing fully both Thursday and Friday. While Gresham will play Sunday, don't expect much from him fantasy-wise: Gresham tallied just two catches over the last four games.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||New England Patriots||6||6.00|
|2||09/18||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||6.50|
|4||10/02||Los Angeles Rams||25||8.25|
|5||10/07||@San Francisco 49ers||7||6.13|
|6||10/18||New York Jets||2||4.75|
|10||11/13||San Francisco 49ers||7||6.13|
|15||12/18||New Orleans Saints||33||12.38|
|17||01/01||@Los Angeles Rams||25||8.25|
|3 Year Avg||60||42||381||3||20||9.07||56|