A.J. Green On His Way to Being in ‘Best Receiver’ Conversation

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Expectations were high for A.J. Green when he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the fourth pick in the draft two years ago. The speedy wide receiver was taken to be a franchise player, and so far he’s done nothing but deliver.

Two seasons in, Green has accumulated 2,407 yards receiving (breaking 1,000 yards each year), while hauling in 18 touchdown receptions. He and quarterback Andy Dalton have teamed to form one of the better connections in the game today. Together they’ve led the Bengals back into the playoffs each of the past two seasons.

Clearly, Green is as good as advertised, but just how good is he?

The game’s best receiver is without question – Calvin Johnson. Megatron sets the standard at wide out, but Green isn’t too far behind.

If you’re just looking at statistics alone, Green is in the ballpark with Johnson. He’s a top-10 receiver in terms of yards, and he finished fourth in the league last year with 11 touchdown receptions. Where Megatron starts to distance himself, is with plays 20 or more yards – Johnson had 40 in 2012, compared to Green’s 16. (For the record, no one is even close to Megatron in the big play department.)

So after only two years, Green is in the conversation with the game’s best receivers. He’s an explosive play-marker, and the sky is the limit as far as what he’s capable of on the field. His results figure to continue their upward trend in 2013 and beyond, and sooner rather than later, he will be in the conversation with Megatron and Brandon Marshall for the game’s best.

 

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