WR A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-3, 211||Born: 7-31-1988||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2011|
Week 6: vs Pittsburgh Steelers
FBG says: Great matchup. Andy Dalton finally has a viable No. 2 wideout to throw to, and he operates in a creative offense that lets him maximize his weaponry. But the engine of this unit remains A.J. Green, who continues to dominate secondaries on all levels of the field. Green still excels both over the middle and down the field, winning one-on-one battles or avoiding them outright with masterful route-running. That's also what makes him arguably the league's premier redzone receiver. Dating back to his rookie year of 2011, Green has found the end zone on 6.3% of his targets, an elite mark that bests those of Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, and Larry Fitzgerald. Tyler Boyd's emergence has been huge for Dalton; his quick feet and reliable hands in the slot provide a great security blanket for Dalton, and he can slip mismatches downfield as well. The loss of Tyler Eifert for the year is hurtful, of course, but it's not as though the Bengals don't know how to play without him. This isn't football's most prolific passing game, but it's a dynamic one loaded with big-play threats, and it's already produced 12 touchdowns through 5 games This Pittsburgh pass defense remains burnable. They've allowed their last 4 opponents to average 351 yards and throw 12 touchdowns, dominating all corners of the Pittsburgh secondary. Even more astounding is that, over that span, 8 different receivers have registered 56 yards or more. The vintage version of Joe Haden showed up last Sunday, which was a great sign for a unit desperate lacking in coverage ability. Haden was a big reason Julio Jones went catchless for three quarters. Still, he's been wildly inconsistent throughout the year, and Artie Burns has been even worse on the other side. Poor tackling has been a culprit, too. Mohamed Sanu's 43-yard catch-and-run through bad pursuit angles was a perfect example of the splash plays that keep haunting this group.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
A.J. Green's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
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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