Year 3 is the benchmark set by the NFL and its teams to decide whether something is working, or it is time to move on from a player or coach. There is no more rookie season, or sophomore slump to blame. The third year gives everyone an idea if this player or coach is for real. In light of solid ‘A’ draft ratings, I believe it is important to spotlight a few players and a coach who are entering their third year with the Bengals, and see what we can expect from them. This week’s focus is on one of the most dominant, if not most dominant young receivers in the game today.
November 4, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) runs in the open field against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium. Denver won the game 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports
Adriel Jeremiah Green, or as we know him, A.J. Green is easily on the top 5 best receivers in the NFL list, and in some respects top 3. Green is an absolute stud at wide receiver, both in the classroom and on the field. His strong work ethic and relentless pursuit to be the greatest receiver in the NFL absolutely highlighted the 2010 draft for the Bengals. Green is not only a franchise player, but a guy a franchise can be built around. Green’s overall ability, commitment to excellence, and great character make him an absolute slam dunk as a player.
Green is coming off one of the best receiving season’s a wide receiver in orange and black has ever had. Green’s 97 receptions for 1350 yards and 11 touchdowns earned him his 2nd trip to the pro bowl in as many years as being a pro. Green, who is not a selfish player, always says it’s whatever it takes for his team to win the game. This is shown more and more the longer he is a Bengal. Green shows his versatility by run blocking, taking the hand off on an end around, and even lining up in the slot when needed. Watch tape of him and you’ll ask yourself, is there anything he cannot do?