Sept 23, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) celebrates in the end zone after a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports
Green started off the season with a bang. His 1st catch of his career was a 41 yard touchdown pass against the in-state rival Cleveland Browns. Green quickly showed why he was the 1st receiver taken in the draft and the 4th player taken overall. Week 2 against the Denver Broncos, Green put up 10 receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown.
Green proceeded to lead all rookies in receptions with 65 and yards with 1,057. He finished 2nd in touchdowns with 7, one behind fellow top 10 pick Julio Jones. Green passed Cris Collinsworth’s rookie Bengals record of 1,009 yards. Green and Dalton set the NFL record for most yards by a rookie quarterback/wide receiver tandem. Green was selected to the Pro Bowl and had established himself as one of the best young receivers in the league.
As good as Green was as a rookie, he was even better in his second year. In week 3, Green had a huge day against the Redskins. He had a career high 183 yards with a touchdown. During the season Green caught a touchdown in 9 consecutive games and recorded five 100 yards game. Green finished the season with 97 receptions for 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl for the 2nd time in his 2nd season. Green dominated the Pro Bowl with 119 yards and 3 touchdowns.
After his 2nd season was over, he had established himself as not only one of the best young receivers in the NFL, but as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, period.