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WR A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals

6-3, 211Born: 7-31-1988College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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2017 Week 17 vs BAL (10 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

After a decent start, it was a miserable day for Green On the opening drive, he caught a 6-yard comeback and drew a pass interference flag in the end zone when Dalton tried to hit him from 20 yards out. He didn't have another catch until the final drive of the game. Green grabbed a deep ball down the left sideline but wasn't able to get his second foot down inbounds. He had another almost identical near-catch on the next drive. It was initially ruled a completion but was overturned after a Baltimore challenge because Green couldn't get the second foot down.

2017 Week 16 vs DET (10 / 6 / 81 / 0 rec)

Green had a rough start to the game. He got deep behind Darius Slay and had the ball hit him in the facemask. He also was called for an offensive pass interference penalty against Slay that brought back a long reception down the sideline. Green dominated the matchup in the second half, however. He caught a short pass and made Slay miss with a spin move to get by for a long gain. He also got inside of Slay on a slant for a nice gain and picked up a key third down on a short completion along the sideline.

2017 Week 15 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Green was shadowed by Xavier Rhodes and had a very quiet day. He caught a deep pass down the sideline but didn't keep his feet in-bounds. In garbage time, Green was targeted in the end zone from 5-yards out and drew a penalty Rhodes.

2017 Week 14 vs CHI (12 / 5 / 64 / 0 rec)

Green had an awful game. The Bengals came out focused upon getting the ball to him early and often and Green came up just short of making the play on a number of well thrown deep balls. He wasn't able to hang on as he was going out of bounds on a deep back-shoulder fade. On a deep go route, he had a step on his defender but let the ball bounce off of his shoulder pad. On another deep go route, he was only able to get one hand on the all and couldn't pull it in. His biggest gain of the day actually came on a tipped ball that should have been intercepted. Green's struggles continued into the second half and were one of the primary causes of the Bengals meltdown. With the Bengals down two scores, Green was responsible for back-to-back turnovers that sealed the loss. He had a pass over the middle bounce off of his face mask when he didn't get his hands up in time intercepted. The next drive, he made a nice catch along the sideline for 20 yards but had it ripped out of his hands just before he stepped out of bounds for the Bengals second turnover of the game. Green was pulled along with Dalton for the final two drives of the game.

2017 Week 13 vs PIT (16 / 7 / 77 / 2 rec)

Green mostly played well but had another costly mistake in a big spot that might have cost the Bengals the ball game. He started off hot, scoring touchdowns of 8 yards and 15 yards in the first half. His first touchdown, he badly beat the cornerback on an out route while getting away with a subtle push on the defender's shoulder that allowed him to create huge separation. Green caught a deep ball and then weaved his way past a pair of defenders for what looked to be a 61-yard touchdown, his third of the day but the play was called back due to a holding call. Green dropped what should have been a 20-yard completion with the game tied and under five minutes remaining. While it was raining at the time, it was a ball Green should have caught. For all his heroics, he has too often been unable to make the winning play in big games.

2017 Week 12 vs CLE (8 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)

Green made a spectacular sideline catch where he skied to snag the ball and then contorted his body to somehow get both toes in along the sideline. Green played well and could have had a monster game. He was behind the defense for what could have been a long touchdown but Dalton got pressured before he could get rid of it and instead scrambled for a long gain. The game script wasn't great for Green. After jumping out to a big lead early, the Bengals played conservatively and rode Joe Mixon.

2017 Week 11 vs DEN (9 / 4 / 50 / 1 rec)

Green was having a quiet day until his fourth quarter touchdown. The Broncos crowded the line on 3rd-and-2, which left Green with a rare 1-on-1 opportunity outside. He ran a simple go route and got behind Bradley Roby. Dalton put the ball high and on Green's back shoulder, allowing him to go up and make the game-winning 18-yard touchdown catch. Green drew a key pass interference penalty in the final minutes that changed field position and allowed the Bengals to bleed the clock late.

2017 Week 10 vs TEN (7 / 5 / 115 / 1 rec)

Green was having another quiet game until late. He caught a couple slants and a comeback route early for solid gains but sat at just 45 receiving yards heading into the fourth quarter. With just under 10 minutes left, he got behind the Titans defense deep down the field but Dalton under threw the pass and Green didn't have a chance to make a play on it. With five minutes to play, Green again caught a quick slant for what would have been another solid gain. However, this time the trailing defender dove to knock away the pass and fell to the ground, Green ran through the tackle attempt by the safety, and then was off to the races for a 70-yard touchdown. The big play put the Bengals up three late but the defense couldn't hold the lead.

2017 Week 9 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

For perhaps the first time in his long career, Green lost his temper. With the Bengals running out the final seconds of the first half, Green took a shove in the back from Jalen Ramsey and decided he'd had enough. Green jumped up and grabbed Ramsey in a choke hold and started throwing punches. He was tossed from the game and is most likely facing a suspension that will keep him out of Week 10 as well. Before the fight, Green was having a quiet day. He garnered just two targets, as the Bengals looked to establish the run early.

2017 Week 8 vs IND (8 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec)

Green was held in check for the second-straight week. The Bengals haven't established a consistent run game and none of the other Bengals receivers have developed into a true threat, which has allowed defenses to shift an extra pass defender toward Green's side of the field and minimize his impact. He was regularly double-teamed. Green surprisingly saw single coverage on an early 3rd-and-goal. He used a sweet release to beat his defender to the inside on a skinny post and was wide open in the back of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown. Green had one drop on a high pass and failed to hook up with Dalton on a couple other passes where he looked to have some separation. The minor miscues combined with the extra defensive attention combined to lead to disappointing production.

2017 Week 7 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)

Green started off hot. He had a 15-yard grab over the middle and a leaping grab for 10 yards along the sideline on the game's opening drive. The second drive, he had a 16-yard catch down the right sideline to setup the Bengals inside the Steelers 10-yard line. After the receptions in the first quarter, Green was completely shut out the rest of the way. The Bengals took a shot on a deep ball to Green off of a flea-flicker. The Steelers weren't fooled and Green was still double-covered.

2017 Week 5 vs BUF (13 / 7 / 189 / 1 rec)

Green had a season's worth of lowlights and highlights in one game. He was directly responsible for three turnovers (a fumble and two interceptions that bounced off of his hands). When Green wasn't turning it over, he was busy dominating the Bills secondary and making game-changing plays. The Bengals game plan was obvious right out of the gate. Dalton came out firing it to Green for consecutive completions of 15 and 7 yards on the first two plays of the game despite the game taking place in a steady downpour. The drive quickly stalled but the Bengals went right back to Green on the opening play of the next drive. Green was lined up wide to the right in single coverage on rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White and ran right past him on a go route, getting almost five yards of separation. Dalton lofted a perfectly thrown deep ball which Green caught in stride for a 77-yard touchdown. The first turnover came on a quick slant route. The pass from Dalton was a little high but Green went up and got both hands on it. The wet ball slipped through his grasp and into the arms of a Bills safety. The second tipped interception by Green was even worse. He was wide open on a short slant and the ball went through his hands, hit him in the chest and bounced into the arms of a Buffalo defender. The next drive, Green turned it over again. He caught a pass down the seam and had some room to run. He had a gain of 20 yards into the red zone before taking a big hit that popped the ball out. After the turnovers, the Bengals kept going back to their star receiver and were rewarded when Green made a nice grab and raced for a 47-yard gain. He almost scored but was tripped up inside the 5-yard line.

2017 Week 4 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 63 / 1 rec)

Green started out hot. He went up and grabbed a perfect pass in the middle of three defenders for a gain of 16 yards early in the first quarter. Green opened the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown. He lined up in the slot and the Browns brought a blitz from the slot cornerback on his side. The blitz left Green with single coverage from rookie Safety Jabrill Peppers and Green easily beat him off the line on an out route leading to an easy pitch and catch touchdown to the back corner of the end zone. Green caught a slant off of play-action for 22 yards and drew a horse collar call on the defender at the end of the run to set up the Bengals second touchdown.

2017 Week 3 vs GB (13 / 10 / 111 / 1 rec)

Green made his frustration known about his lack of targets after the loss last week. The Bengals remedied the problem early against Green Bay. Green was targeted three times on the first drive of the game, including an end zone target that Green turned into an 11-yard touchdown catch. Green ran a short post and Dalton rifled the ball into a tight window despite double coverage. Green came right back out and caught a 17-yard pass on the opening play of the second drive. Green came up large throughout the game. The Bengals went to him often on a key drive late in the fourth quarter. He drew a pass interference on 3rd down to get the drive moving. Then grabbed a 20-yard pass in traffic on the next play. Dalton did miss Green once on a deep ball down the right sideline. Green burned the cornerback and had plenty of room in front of the safety for what should have been a big gain, but Dalton's pass sailed out of bounds.

2017 Week 2 vs HOU (8 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)

Green caught a short screen pass on the first offensive play, but it was called back due to a block in the back. Green's first official catch was a beautiful grab off of play action that went for 50 yards. Dalton threw it up despite triple coverage and Green elevated to make the catch over Houston corner Johnathan Joseph. Green made another big catch on the next drive, ripping a contested catch away from the cornerback. The play calling was baffling at times. The Bengals were generally in favorable down and distances but failed to convert short third-down opportunities on six separate occasions. Green wasn't targeted on any of these third downs. He had just one short catch and two targets in the fourth quarter. The normally low-key Green couldn't find hide his frustration post-game. "We got to find a way to get our playmakers the ball. That's it. It's a superstar-driven league. You are not going to win without them," Green said. It's safe to say that one of the reasons Ken Zampese was fired was not getting the ball to his star receiver enough.

2017 Week 1 vs BAL (10 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec)

Green was targeted often, but often saw extra coverage with the Ravens putting an emphasis on stopping the Bengals top playmaker. Green made some plays on the Bengals best drive of the game to open the second quarter. He caught a 14-yard out route, sliding to catch a well-thrown Dalton pass. Two plays later, he caught another 14-yard reception on a post route. Early in the second half, Green caught a short dump off in the red zone and was pushed out of bounds at the seven yard line.


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