Beastly ability and an uncanny feel for the game set him apart from most of his tight end peers, but Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden says a player on his roster -- Jermaine Gresham -- favorably compares.
When asked by the Cincinnati Enquirer "can Gresham be Gronkowski Lite?," Gruden answered yes.
"Athletically and talent-wise, yes," Gruden said Wednesday. "He's comparable."
Comparable -- maybe not. Gresham had 56 receptions for 596 yards with six touchdowns last season, while Gronkowski exploded in his second season for 90 catches for 1,327 yards with 17 touchdowns.
"Jermaine wants to be mentioned with (Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham)," Gruden said. "His goal in his mind is to put up those kinds of numbers. He doesn't understand blocking is important, too. We need to stay with what we do. Don't get caught up in statistics. If we win, who cares?"