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WR A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals

6-3, 211Born: 7-31-1988College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2011

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Green had toe surgery in December, but is expected to be ready for training camp

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General News (Tue Jan 29): said Tuesday, Jan. 29, that he hopes to be out of his walking boot in a week as he recovers from his December toe surgery. Green's recovery was estimated to be at least a four-month process when he had surgery, and he said he'll be ready when it counts. "Whenever the first game is I'll be 100 percent," he said. "The first regular season game."

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Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 13 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Green caught a 7-yard dump off over the middle on third-and-long that came nowhere near the first down marker. He came up limping after running a route early in the second quarter. Green likely aggravated the foot injury that kept him out for the past month. It is almost certainly a season-ending injury and may require surgery to fix.

2018 Week 8 vs TB (7 / 5 / 76 / 1 rec)

Green's first catch was a clutch one, sliding to the ground to scoop the ball just above the turf for a 10-yard gain on 4th down. Green grabbed a 17-yard touchdown on a fade route to the front corner of the end zone. Coverage was tight but Dalton threw it up to Green's back shoulder and Green went up to make the play. He was quiet for most of the next two quarters but Green made a pair of big plays on the Bengals game-winning drive in the final minute of the game. He found the hole in the Bucs zone deep down the middle and went up to grab it for a 23-yard gain to get the Bengals on the fringe of field goal range. The next play, Green lined up in the slot and fought his way into good position on a slant route to secure the contested catch to put the Bengals into position for the game-winning field goal. He came up limping on the play and looked like he jammed his toe. It is unclear how serious the injury is but the Bengals have a bye so he will have an extra week to heal up.

2018 Week 7 vs KC (14 / 7 / 117 / 0 rec)

The Chiefs defense opened the game playing a bit of zone defense with two defenders slanted toward Green but still occasionally went with their preferred man coverage scheme. When they did, Green consistently made them pay. He was the Bengals entire passing offense early and racked up over 100 receiving yards before halftime. He had a 30-yard gain on a crossing route from the slot. He is able to simply run away from most defenders on this route and create separation for easy completions. Green was able to abuse Orlando Scandrick a couple times when the Chiefs left him single-covered on the outside. He ran a beautiful fade route down the right sideline and hauled in a 31-yard reception down to the Chiefs 4-yard line to setup the Bengals lone touchdown. After that drive, the Chiefs changed their strategy and decided to devote multiple defenders to Green on most snaps and force somebody else to beat him. He was often bracketed by two defenders. Dalton still tried to force it to him a couple times to disastrous results, including a pick six when Green was surrounded on all sides by Chiefs defenders. The lack of impact from John Ross is causing Green issues as defenses can devote an extra defender to slowing Green without fear of getting beat over the top by anyone else.

2018 Week 6 vs PIT (12 / 7 / 85 / 0 rec)

It was a rough start for Green who dropped easy passes on each of the first two drives. The first hit him in the chest and would have gone for a gain of nearly 20 yards and caused the Bengals opening drive to stall. The second was on a slant and it again hit him in the hands. It would have gone for almost 10 yards but he did atone for the drop on the very next play with a leaping 19-yard grab down the seam to set the Bengals up inside the ten yard line. Green also helped setup the Bengals second touchdown with a pair of grabs in the two-minute offense before halftime. Green was instrumental on the Bengals third touchdown drive as well. He toe-dragged along the sideline on a 23-yard grab to get the Bengals into the red zone. The very next play he caught an out route on the other sideline for a 7-yard gain to get the Bengals inside the five-yard line. Green overcame the early drops to have a solid game.

2018 Week 5 vs MIA (10 / 6 / 112 / 0 rec)

Green set a franchise record with his 32nd 100-yard receiving game. He had an 18-yard grab over the middle off of play action. He is an extremely tough cover when lined up in the slot off running slant routes off of play action or RPOs. His speed and quickness allow him to get to the inside where he can then box defenders out. Green wasn't able to get into the end zone but had a couple opportunities. On the opening drive, Dalton tried to squeeze it in to Green on a post route in the front of the end zone but the safety made a nice break on the ball and tipped it to a Dolphins defender for an interception. Dalton was nearly picked off later when trying to squeeze it through double coverage to Green in the back of the end zone. Green was able to pick up a pair of long catches on scramble drill plays after Dalton escaped pressure. Green is always Dalton's first choice when he scrambles to buy time.

2018 Week 4 vs ATL (8 / 4 / 78 / 1 rec)

Green just missed a 43-yard touchdown on a nine-route down the left sideline in the first quarter. He had a step but wasn't able to come up with the catch on a ball which was thrown a bit too low. Green was robbed of a 9-yard touchdown on a fade route when Cincinnati was called for a questionable hands to the face call on an offensive lineman. The Bengals went back to Green on the same play a couple snaps later, but it was defended well and they eventually had to settle for a field goal. Green was bracketed most of the day. He was able to get away with a small push off and bring in a contested catch against double coverage for a 16-yard gain along the sideline. Green finished the game off with an outstanding sliding catch for a 13-yard, game-winning touchdown. He was able to find the opening in zone coverage behind the corner who cheated up to cover the running back and in front of the safety who couldn't get over in time. Green had to go low and cradle the ball just above the turf, which made it a relatively difficult grab.

2018 Week 3 vs CAR (8 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)

Green looked headed toward another big game but had to leave the game with a strained groin on the first drive of the second half and didn't return. Early indications are the injury isn't serious and he should be back next week. With 1st-and-goal inside the 5-yard line on the opening drive, Green was targeted twice in a row in the end zone. He was only able to get one hand on a fade attempt into the corner of the end zone. The next play, he ran a crossing route and was wide open. Dalton hit him in the chest and it looked like Green had pulled it in, but his knee took a huge divot of turf and he landed hard, which caused the ball to come close. Green made a spectacular 31-yard catch along the sideline with an incredible toe drag while securing the ball heading out of bounds.

2018 Week 2 vs BAL (9 / 5 / 69 / 3 rec)

Green started the game a little shakily, almost fumbling for the third time this season as the ball was punched out of his hand. He was saved as the play was ruled an incompletion. His second target came on an end zone fade. The ball popped up into the air, was grabbed by Eric Weddle, and initially ruled an interception, before being overturned by replay. After the two near turnovers, Green took over the game with three first-half touchdowns. He scored from four yards out on a crossing route from the slot, where he got inside leverage and just ran away from the corner trying to single coverage. Green's second touchdown came from 32 yards out. Dalton hit him just past the stick on 3rd-and-2. Green shrugged off a high tackle attempt and was able to break free to sprint another 30 yards for the score. Green finished a third straight drive with a touchdown, scoring this time from 7 yards out on a back-shoulder fade against single coverage. He was able to box out the defender and made it look easy.

2018 Week 1 vs IND (8 / 6 / 92 / 1 rec)

There were plenty of highlights and lowlights for Green in an uneven performance. He fumbled twice, losing one and getting lucky when Tyler Boyd was able to recover the second fumble. Green also had a drop in the end zone on what should have been a 3-yard touchdown. The fumbles were both caused by defensive backs punching at the ball when Green was trying to get yards after the catch. He will need to work on his ball security, which was also a major issue down the stretch of the 2017 season. His long arms, which are so helpful extending to catch the ball also make it tougher for him to tightly secure the ball after the catch. Aside from the three mistakes, Green was borderline dominant. He lined up in the slot and ran a deep post, flying past the safety in the middle of the field and then diving to secure the catch for a 38-yard touchdown. He also drew a 36-yard pass interference penalty inside the Colts 5-yard line to setup another Bengals touchdown. Green was efficient with his eight targets (nine when counting the pass interference), catching six and looked dominant against overmatched Colts defensive backs.

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Bengals | A.J. Green to take it easy (Sat Apr 13, 09:39 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) will likely be eased into action during OTAs, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.

Our View: Green made it through just nine games in 2018. The team is wise to ease him back into action as he continues to recover. As we get towards training camp, Green should be near full speed. We should also see him extended some time before the start of the regular season as Green is entering the final year of the contract he signed in 2015.
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Bengals | A.J. Green takes part in workouts (Thu Apr 11, 09:54 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) participated in the start of voluntary workouts.

Our View: Good news for Green, especially considering the Bengals are installing a new offense under new head coach Zac Taylor. Green should be the centerpiece of the Bengals passing game. Coming off an injury-shortened 2018 season, Green should be a WR1 for Fantasy GMs so long as he can stay healthy.
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