Two Players Have Resurrected the Bengals Franchise

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Sep 30, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) hauls in a 42 yard pass to the one yard line while defended by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis (27) during the second quarter at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

A.J. Green came into 2011 with fairly high expectations after being the 4th-overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, but with no offseason due to the lockout and a rookie QB throwing to him, most people didn’t expect an instant-impact from the former All-American out of Georgia. He shattered expectations as  recorded four 100-yard games, led all rookies in receptions(65) and receiving yards (1,057) in 15 games, passed Cris Collinsworth’s franchise record of 1,009 yards set in 1981 for most receiving yards by a rookie, and was named to the Pro Bowl.

You can imagine everyone had high expectations for Green entering year 2, and he’s done nothing to disappoint, as he was also named to PFF’s All-Pro team:

A.J. Green, CIN (+10.2): Numbers do, however, do justice to the step forward Green has taken this year. His 3.17 Yards Per Route Run is the second most in the league, and he’s provided an outlet that is making that Bengals’ offense tick. They’ll be joined by Percy Harvin in the slot, with the Viking having already forced 10 missed tackles, four more than any other wide receiver.

 

As of now, Atkins is on pace to break the sacks record by a defensive tackle(18), while Green is second in the NFL in receiving. The Bengals should be counting their blessings when it comes to Atkins and Green, as they were key in resurrecting the team in 2011, and are on the verge of helping the team ascend in 2012.

 

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