July 25, 2017

Looking Glass Game: Jermaine Gresham

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first installment of this game involving Andy Dalton. If you are not one of those people, get over there and do it now. So far, WhoDeyFans have high expectations for the gunslinger from TCU. And why shouldn’t they?

Once you’ve voted on Dalton, let’s play the game again with Jermaine Gresham. Could he rival or even surpass the great Bob Trumpy?

If Gresham maintains his current level of production, he is on pace to match Trumpy late in his 9th season (2018). But I can’t help but think that we have not yet seen Gresham play to his full potential. With coaches claiming that Gresham has a new fire after playing in last year’s ProBowl game, perhaps we will see an even better JG in 2012.

Jermaine Gresham 2010-2011 29 23 108 1067 9.9 10 36.8
Bob Trumpy 1968-1969 28 0 74 1474 19.9 12 52.6
Career 128 0 298 4600 15.4 35 35.9
Rodney Holman 1982-1983 25 0 5 33 6.6 1 1.3
Career 212 146 365 4771 13.1 36 22.5
Tony McGee 1993-1994 31 31 84 1017 12.1 1 32.8
Career 156 150 322 4089 12.7 21 26.2
Dan Ross 1979-1980 32 16 97 1240 12.8 5 38.8
Career 104 71 290 3419 11.8 19 32.9
Don Bass 1978-1979 32 0 85 1171 13.8 7 36.6
Career 55 12 117 1580 13.5 13 28.7


#1: Bob Trumpy. Under Paul Brown’s leadership, Trumpy took the tight end position to a new level and earned a place in the teams yet-to-be-created Ring of Honor. His best seasons were his first two, especially with Greg Cook under center in 1969. His 10 seasons — all played in Cincinnati — netted 4 ProBowl selections.

#2: Rodney Holman. Holman’s first two seasons were hardly noteworthy, but he then had another 9 very productive years in a Bengals uniform. He was a third option behind WRs Tim McGee and Eddie Brown for several of those years. He nearly managed to take the franchise record for receiving by a tight end from Trumpy in those 9 years.

#3: Tony McGee. McGee had the misfortune of playing 9 of his 11 seasons for the Bengals during the Lost Decade with Shula, Coslet and LeBeau manning the helm at HC. He only had two seasons with more than 500 yds receiving, but he was steady enough to collect 3795 yds as a Bengal, enough to make him 3rd all-time for the team. (For now, anyway.)

#4: Dan Ross. The Bengals put together their first SuperBowl season in 1981, and Ross was Kenny Anderson’s safety valve. He posted a team-high 71 receptions and was second in receiving at 910 yds, behind Cris Collinsworth. But Ross’ production slipped after that season and never recovered, eventually leading to his trade to Seattle in 1985.

#5: Don Bass. Bass replaced Trumpy on the roster in 1978, but he never came close to replacing his production on the field. He lasted only 4 years with the Bengals, losing out to Dan Ross, and 5 years in the league.

Now it is your turn. Vote, and leave a comment on why you voted the way you did.

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