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Bengals, Gresham a perfect pairing

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By Mike Wilkening

The Bengals needed a tight end. Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham was the best one in this draft, and he was the athletic, well-rounded player the Bengals have lacked at the position for so many years.

Rarely does the pairing of prospect and team seem so logical, so perfect, but so it is with Gresham and the Bengals.

Gresham missed the 2009 season with a knee injury, but in his first three years at Oklahoma, he showed excellent ability as a pass catcher. He could be a seam-stretching threat in Bob Bratkowski's offense, which sorely missed that sort of player last season. Moreover, he has upside to develop as a blocker.

The Bengals' passing game lacked pop last season, and it showed. In the offseason, though, Cincinnati has addressed the problem, adding WR Antonio Bryant and now Gresham.

With Bryant and Chad Ochocinco drawing plenty of attention from opposing defenses, there will be favorable matchups to be had for the Bengals' tight ends, and Gresham has the ability to make opponents pay.


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