While his fellow defensive backs chase after Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver A.J. Green and fourth-year wide-outs Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell on Sunday, Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard will keep his eyes on Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati's second-year tight end.
"He's very athletic. The guy can catch, he can run, he can block," Pollard said. "He's willing to stick his nose in there, so we have to make sure we know where he's at."
Gresham is tied for second on the Bengals with 29 receptions, and his four touchdown catches are second to Green, who has six in nine games. Gresham has 254 receiving yards in 2011.
Pollard has been impressed with the play of the three young wide receivers, too, as well as that of rookie quarterback Andy Dalton. Dalton, a second-round draft pick out of Texas Christian, has completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 1,866 yards and 14 touchdown passes. He has an 82.6 passer rating.
"This team is energized," Pollard said. "They have some receivers that can really fly, they can take the top off the roof. As defensive backs, we need to be sound in everything that we are doing. Green, Simpson, Caldwell, Gresham -- these guys are playing ball. The quarterback's getting the ball to them every way that he can, and he doesn't look like a rookie back there."