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Jay Gruden’s Receiver-by-Committee Approach Working Very Well

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Sept 23, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) runs the ball to the end zone for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-US PRESSWIRE

Sunday’s game vs. the Redskins only cemented the belief that the Bengals can beat you through the air from a number of players. According to Elias Sports Bureau, when receivers A.J. Green, Andrew Hawkins, and Armon Binns caught TD passes of 73, 59 and 48 yards, it was the first time in Bengals history that three different players each had a TD catch of at least 48 yards. With TE Jermaine Gresham also tossing in 64 receiving yards, it was also the third time four Bengals receivers had 63+ yards receiving, and first since 1978 when the Bengals got long pass plays from WR Isaac Curtis (101), RB Archie Griffin (87), TE Don Bass ( 85), and RB Pete Johnson (72) against the Raiders.

All of this has helped Green, who’s coming off a Pro Bowl year and now aspiring to ascend to the NFL’s elite class of recovers, continue to improve and shred opposing defenses in just his second year, as he now leads the AFC in receiving yards (311) and trails only

Calvin Johnson

for the NFL lead (369). He also now has 9 career NFL TD catches from 3 different passers, as he’s caught TDs from Andy Dalton,

Bruce Gradkowski

, and now Mohammed Sanu:

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