WR A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-3, 211||Born: 7-31-1988||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
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2015 Week 18 vs PIT (8 / 5 / 71 / 1 rec)
A.J. Green had five catches for 71 yards and a touchdown in the Wild Card Round on eight targets for the Bengals in a heartbreaking loss. Green was not a big contributor through the first three quarters but he drew a huge pass interference penalty that set up the Jeremy Hill touchdown and then completed a touchdown of his own with just two minutes left in the game. In his first post-season touchdown McCarron threw a deep 25-yard pass into coverage where Green went up and met the ball at the highest point to make the play and came down with it before running into the end zone with 1:50 to go. The Bengals were up 16-15 and were in the drivers seat to their first post-season win in 25 years even after failing to complete the two-point conversion.
2015 Week 17 vs BAL (5 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)
A.J. Green caught 4-of-5 targets in Week 17 against the Ravens for just 34 yards. He did have a spectacular receiving touchdown in the third quarter to get the Bengals lead to 14-9. He caught back-to-back passes on the drive, both at the sideline and able to get both feet in bounds. On his touchdown grab he leaped over cornerback Shareece Wright on a fade route and was able to again get both toes in bounds. It was a 10-yard touchdown grab and Green tied for the team lead in targets with Marvin Jones in this one. The Bengals were content relying on great defense and the run game in this one as McCarron had just 27 pass attempts.
2015 Week 16 vs DEN (9 / 5 / 57 / 1 rec)
Few things can simplify a young quarterback's game more than teammates stepping up and giving them a larger margin of error; while his 57 yards don't look impressive on the stat sheet, against the Broncos, A.J. Green did exactly that. Green got open easily against a tough secondary and did a phenomenal job of hauling in off-target passes to keep drives alive, especially on Cincinnati's two early touchdowns. While he was quiet later in the game, it wasn't because of any drop in his play. Green had several plays where he was open deep only for the ball to be delivered nowhere near him.
2015 Week 15 vs SF (3 / 1 / 37 / 0 rec)
A.J. Green finished with just one reception for 37 yards in Week 15 as he left the game in the third quarter with a back injury. He had three targets in this game and with the game well in hand; the star wide receiver was not pushed back into a game that was already 24-0 at the time. His catch was a nicely thrown deep ball by A.J. McCarron who targeted Green heavily last week in relief of Andy Dalton.
2015 Week 14 vs PIT (9 / 6 / 132 / 1 rec)
A.J. Green has historically torched the Steelers and was essentially the Bengals entire offense in Week 14. He totaled six receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. Quarterback A.J. McCarron leaned heavily on Green after the injuries to Andy Dalton and Tyler Eifert on the opening drive. Green ran right past cornerback Antwon Blake for a 66-yard score in the second quarter on a deep throw by McCarron. The ball traveled 36 yards in the air, longer than any pass Dalton has thrown to Green all season without regard to yards after the catch. McCarron didn't show a huge amount of interest in spreading the ball around unlike Dalton so this could actually be positive for Green's fantasy value going forward. If Eifert misses time, McCarron would be smart to rely on Green extensively in the passing game.
2015 Week 13 vs CLE (6 / 5 / 128 / 1 rec)
Star receiver A.J. Green went off in the Cincinnati Bengals Week 13 route of the Cleveland Browns. He caught 5-of-6 targets for 128 yards and a touchdown in a game where Green eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth time in his five seasons in the league. Randy Moss is the only other wide receiver in NFL history to have accomplished that feat in each of their first five seasons. On his 23-yard touchdown grab early in the second quarter he couldn't have been more open as Dalton floated a pass down the left sideline for an easy score. Green in one-on-one coverage had a second touchdown reversed in the third quarter and brought back to the 1-yard line. He showed impressive body awareness to get his toes down in bounds and nearly broke the plane. Browns cornerback Tramon Williams was overmatched all game long giving up multiple big plays. Green nearly had another touchdown on his 57-yard grab in the first quarter but was tripped up just as it looked like he was going to take it to the house for an 84-yard score. Dalton continues to trust Green in all aspects of the game to go up and make plays for the Bengals offense. Their chemistry has grown over the past five years and Green is on pace to finish the year with 93 receptions, five shy of Larry Fitzgerald's record for most catches by an NFL player in his first five seasons.
2015 Week 12 vs LA (8 / 6 / 61 / 2 rec)
A.J. Green posted a throwback Bengals performance in Week 12 against the Rams, totaling 61 yards and two touchdowns on 6 receptions. His first touchdown of the game was by his own admission "probably one of my easiest touchdowns ever." It was a blown coverage by the defense, which left him wide open in the end zone for the 10-yard touchdown. Green spent the majority of his day in the slot in this game rather than running his usual deep routes. Five of his six catches came in the first half where his team then nursed a lead. Green hasn't caught multiple touchdowns since Week 3 this season and beat press coverage on his second of the night for an 18-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
2015 Week 11 vs ARI (12 / 4 / 79 / 0 rec)
A.J. Green was shadowed by Patrick Peterson most of the game but he did break free for a big play down the sideline of 42-yards against Jerraud Powers in the first quarter that set up a touchdown. He finished the game with an inefficient four receptions on twelve targets for 79 yards and zero touchdowns in their loss to the Cardinals on Sunday Night Football. He has 19 targets in the past two games and was battling through an injury late in this game.
2015 Week 10 vs HOU (7 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
Star wide receiver A.J. Green was not involved in this game until late in the third quarter but did finish with 5 receptions for 67 yards on Monday Night against the Texans. His fifth catch proved to be the nail in the coffin as he was stripped at the Texans 23-yard line with just 40 seconds left in the game with the team down four points. The ball came out as Green was bracing his fall heading to the ground and would have given the Bengals a key first down.
2015 Week 9 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)
Wide receiver A.J. Green had four catches for 53 yards against the Browns in Week 9 but tied for the team lead with six targets. Game script may have been the issue as the Bengals went run heavy with a lead most of the game. It didn't help all three touchdown passes went to his tight end Tyler Eifert. His long catch of the night was a deep pass right out of the shotgun that Green hauled in for 18 yards in the third quarter.
2015 Week 8 vs PIT (17 / 11 / 118 / 1 rec)
Marvin Jones was nearly killed in the first half going through the middle, which opened the door for A.J. Green to have a huge day for the Bengals. The superstar wide receiver had an insane 17 targets against the Steelers in which he reeled in 11 passes for 118 yards and the game-winning touchdown. It was an ugly game for the majority of the skill positions for the Bengals but Green was the lone beneficiary. His 9-yard touchdown was on a slant route and when it mattered most Dalton hit him with a perfectly thrown ball in the end zone.
2015 Week 6 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
It was a tough night for A.J. Green in Week 6 against the Bills as their game plan was clearly to take him out of the game. Green caught just 4 balls on seven targets for 36 yards against rookie Ronald Darby. This freed up Marvin Jones to lead the team in catches and receiving yards. The big days will be there for Green but there will be weeks that quarterback Andy Dalton will be content to feature another member of this talented offensive unit.
2015 Week 5 vs SEA (8 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)
Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman for the majority of this game shadowed A.J. Green, as the Seahawks defense was content letting Tyler Eifert go off. Green had 6 catches for 78 yards in Week 5 but actually could have had a bigger day as he had a 72-yard touchdown called back due to a holding penalty in the first quarter. This is what caused the switch from Williams to Sherman early in the game and that proved to be a wise decision for the Seahawks. Dalton essentially stopped looking his way as he had just 13 yards in the second half.
2015 Week 4 vs KC (10 / 7 / 82 / 0 rec)
A.J. Green had a relatively quiet performance against the Chiefs in comparison to his career day in Week 3. He did secure seven receptions on ten targets and finished the day with 82 yards. His biggest play of the game came off a low snap which quarterback Andy Dalton scooped up and threw deep down field for Green and a 36-yard gain down the left side of the field. Green was a victim of poor game script in this game as the Bengals were content nursing a big league they gained early on.
2015 Week 3 vs BAL (13 / 10 / 227 / 2 rec)
It was a career day for A.J. Green as he caught 10 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3. Quarterback Andy Dalton hit Green in stride for some huge gains in this game and nearly connected for another touchdown earlier in the game where Green was just out of bounds. In the fourth quarter the duo really got things going as the very first play after a Baltimore defensive touchdown, A.J. Green caught an 80-yard pass from Andy Dalton where he broke tackles from both Jimmy Smith and Will Hill to get into the end zone. The Ravens had zone coverage on the play and Green caught the ball in stride down the seam with 6:37 left in the game. After a great one-handed catch by Marvin Jones, Green would then catch the eventual game winning 7-yard touchdown pass on a fade route after a Dalton audible. This was a very similar play they ran earlier in the game when A.J. was just out of bounds but he mad no mistake the second time around. Green was clearly Andy Dalton's favorite target on the night and it was one of the most dominating performances against the Ravens by an opposing wide receiver in history.
2015 Week 2 vs SD (4 / 3 / 45 / 1 rec)
Green was critical of himself after Week 1 where he dropped a touchdown pass from Andy Dalton in the end zone. He finished this game with only 45 yards on three receptions but he did catch a touchdown. His first target of the night was a quick screen pass on the Bengals first drive that he took out of bounds for 6 yards. Quarterback Andy Dalton did find him for a nice 23-yard gain through the middle in the first quarter on that drive as well. On his touchdown reception A.J. Green came off the line from the left and leaped in the air to snag the ball from cornerback Brandon Flowers in the back of the end zone for a 16 yard score.
2015 Week 1 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)
Though gaining a lot of attention from defenders, A.J. Green had an inconsistent day for the Bengals with a few uncharacteristic drops. His first catch of the day came on a comeback route on the second play of the drive with Andy Dalton out of the shotgun for 7 yards. He then had A.J. Green in single coverage where he beat his defender along the sideline but Dalton missed him with a long throw, a sure touchdown. Not long after, A.J. Green drops a pass in the end zone, which causes the Bengals to settle for a field goal. They did get on track the next drive however when Green made a wide open catch for 30 yards, but this one play was almost half his production on the day. The team was making a lot of things happen off of play action including two short crossing routes to green in the 3rd quarter. Dalton goes deep the very next play but then yet another drop from Green tight along the sideline in coverage. The chemistry just did not seem to be there with Dalton and Green in this game.
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