Arizona Cardinals: Big Season for Gresham

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13: Jermaine Gresham
GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13: Jermaine Gresham /
SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 15: Jermaine Gresham
SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 15: Jermaine Gresham /

Potentially a huge year for Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham

With the NFL kicking off this Thursday night, you can feel the excitement in the air. From this week on there will be football on every Sunday until February. With that being said, the Arizona Cardinals play the Detroit Lions this Sunday in Detroit at 1pm EST.

There’s a lot to be excited about this season. Something that I’m excited for this year is to see how Jermaine Gresham performs. Gresham played in all 16 games last year and played well towards the end of the season. Specifically in a four game stretch last year in weeks 11 through 14.

I feel like there’s potential for him to have a somewhat bigger role this year than the previous two he’s been a Cardinal. Gresham has been in a sense underwhelming since coming to Arizona. It’s easy to just write him off as peaked and in a regression of his career, but Bruce and Kiem resigned him to a new contract for a reason.

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Last year the Cardinals were looked at as Super Bowl contenders. We were heavily favored to win the NFC after retaining the same roster from 2015 and added pieces to be better in 2016. As you saw last year, that didn’t end up being the case.

The Cardinals started off slow at the start of the season and took themselves out of playoff contention by mid-season. It was around mid-season when something however did change, the offense began to get going in a more effective manner.

What changed was we started playing a more up-beat, fast-paced offense. Gresham was a big part of that because he’s a big body Palmer can drop 2 steps and dump it off too. Don’t get me wrong, David will be the key component in success this year. However watch out for Gresham to possibly look more like 2012 Jermaine than the Jermaine of the last two years.