Gresham wasn't targeted one time during Sunday's victory versus the Bengals. Gresham received a large share of the tight-end workload, scooping up 41 of the Cardinals' 60 offensive snaps, but the usage didn't resonate in the box score. Meanwhile, his mate at the position, Darren Fells, picked up the slack with an 18-yard touchdown grab among his 27 snaps. With impressive depth dotting the skill positions in Arizona, the fringe options must milk the touches that arrive on their doorsteps, and neither Gresham nor Fells has stood out for consideration in standard fantasy circles.
Gresham recorded his first touchdown as a Cardinal among a two-catch, 26-yard performance Sunday at Seattle. Gresham received a consistently minimal snap count before Darren Fells suffered a shoulder injury in Week 6, but the veteran tight end has been a threat in the Cardinals' passing attack in the meantime. In two games sans Fells, Gresham was targeted 10 times, accruing six receptions for 81 yards, and he remained the top tight end upon Fells' return Sunday. Notching 73 of the offense's 89 snaps versus 50 for Fells, Gresham may have staked a claim to a starting role in Arizona. Nevertheless, the breakdown of snaps over the next few weeks will indicate who is considered the preferred option of Carson Palmer.
Gresham made two catches (on four targets) for 19 yards during Sunday's win at Cleveland. Gresham has acted as the nominal starting tight end during Darren Fells' (shoulder) two-game absence, earning 82 percent of the offensive snaps. In the process, Gresham's target count for the season has doubled from 10 to 20, which has equated to six receptions for 81 yards. Meanwhile, second-year tight end Troy Niklas has also experienced an uptick in usage, but his two targets Sunday were far more valuable for fantasy purposes, as he reached the end zone on both occasions. If Fells recovers in time for the Cardinals' next tilt in Week 10 in Seattle, Gresham's snaps will return to the standard established in the first six contests of the season.
Gresham gathered in four catches (on six targets) for 62 yards during Monday's win against the Ravens. Darren Fells dominated the tight-end workload in the Cardinals' first six contests, but a shoulder injury suffered in Week 6 opened the door for Gresham to be a factor in the passing game. According to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix, Gresham earned 51 of 62 offensive snaps, and in the process, he surpassed his accumulated receiving yards on the season before Monday in just one outing. With Fells expected to miss one or two more games, Gresham has a chance to put his stamp on one of the most dynamic offenses in the league.
Gresham couldn't gather in his sole target during Sunday's victory in Detroit. Consistently short fields and an efficient ground game resulted in only 18 pass attempts from Cardinals quarterbacks, and 11 of those were consumed by the receiving duo of Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown. Gresham's usage reflected those conditions, containing him to 20 of 46 offensive snaps, versus all but two for fellow tight end Darren Fells, according to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix. In addition to the continued lack of snaps, Gresham didn't record a catch for the first time in five games, but his five receptions have produced just 51 yards and no scores on the season.
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