May 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) runs down field during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Gruden Impressed by A.J. Green. Who Isn't?



A.J. Green is the best wideout in the AFC, and if not for Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, he’d probably be getting a lot of nods for “best receiver in the NFL”. In two seasons, Green has exploded for 2,407 yards and 18 scores(Tied for fourth in NFL), and is now considered one of the game’s best players, regardless of position.

Green was selected to Pro Bowl in initial voting in both 2011 and ’12, and in this past year, he got his first starter nod in the game. his national recognition is already among the best in the NFL, as was the top AFC vote-getter at WR in ’12 on the  Associated Press All-Pro team.

His 101 receptions, 1550 receiving yards and 11 TDs in his first 20 NFL games made him the first player in NFL history to record 100 receptions, 1500 receiving yards and 10 TDs in that span.

Green’s nine-game streak in 2012 with at least one TD reception set a Bengals record for longest streak in a single season.

It would seem as though Green is in his prime and there’s not much room left for him to improve.

Not according to Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden:


If that doesn’t get you even more hyped for next season, I don’t know what will. Maybe this:


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