It is no surprise that the NFL is honoring A.J. Green with the AFC Offensive Player of the Month distinction for September. Coming off of his first career back to back 100 yard games, Green has proven that he has no intention of having a sophomore slump. In the first four games of the season, he is already ranked as the league’s second most productive receiver with 27 catches for 428 yards, 3 touchdowns, and a 15.9 yard average. His rank could improve Sunday, as the only man standing in front of him is Miami’s Brian Hartline with 455 receiving yards.
Many people wondered if Green had it in him for another successful season, like that of his rookie year. Coming into the league, as a young receiver out of Georgia, Green took the Bengals field by storm. He broke Chris Collinsworth’s 1981 franchise record for most receiving yards by a rookie, was elected into the Pro Bowl, and was one half of a duo that managed to surpass the all-time NFL record for yards and receptions by a rookie QB/WR tandem with Andy Dalton. He ended his 2011 rookie season with 1,057 receiving yards, 7 toucdowns, and only 1 fumble. This season he is already on pace for 1,712 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns and it is only his second season in the NFL. All A.J. does is make plays.
It is also worth noting that A.J. Green is the first Bengals AFC Offensive Player of the Month in 7 years. Carson Palmer won the honor in September 2005. With the way the offense has been playing, I don’t think we have seen the last of these awards in Cincinnati.