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A.J. Green steps into leadership role

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It usually takes more than one year for a player to become a leader, but the Bengals’ situation at receiver has A.J. Green on the fast track.

The oldest Bengals receiver is Jordan Shipley and Brandon Tate has been in the league the longest, but it is hard for a slot receiver or one candidate of many for a starting job to become a team leader. That leaves it to Green, who is the best Bengals receiver as he prepares for his second NFL season.

According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Green is stepping up to the task. He’s mentoring third-round pick Mohamed Sanu at practices and going first in every drill to show his teammates the right way to do things. Green told Reedy he prefers leading that way to being an outspoken presence in the locker room.

“I just want to be that leader that I know I can,” Green said. “I really don’t lead by being vocal, I lead by example. I always want to be the first one in a drill and doing everything to the best of my ability. Some of the young guys can actually come along and watch what I do. Work the same, and we work together and build this team.”

With Andy Dalton also entering his second year, offensive leadership could have been a problem for the Bengals this season. Green’s willingness to take on a more veteran role than his experience might dictate is a good sign that it won’t develop into one in Cincinnati.

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21 Responses to “A.J. Green steps into leadership role”
  1. tbizell says: May 27, 2012 11:27 AM

    This is why A.J. will be the best wideout in the league in a couple years
    His work ethic and skill set will make him great

  2. jschwanny says: May 27, 2012 11:36 AM

    With AJ Green leading by example, the Bengals are in good shape for a lot of years to come.

  3. hitdog042 says: May 27, 2012 11:37 AM

    If leadership wasn’t a problem last year why would it be this year josh?

  4. thetwilightsown says: May 27, 2012 11:37 AM

    Um… Shouldn’t the Bungleroos be in here, all two of them, talking about the Super Bowl and how much they hate Carson Palmer?

  5. lafan85 says: May 27, 2012 11:38 AM

    Great story.

  6. t8ertot says: May 27, 2012 11:53 AM

    Green will be one of the elite receivers in the league for years. He reminds me of Chris Henry without the shenanigans.

    Sanu will compliment him well..WHO DEY!!!!

  7. jessethegreat says: May 27, 2012 11:55 AM

    Bengals could be on the verge of something special. A lot of YOUNG talent on that team, and they seem to be taking on tasks together working to achieve one common goal.

  8. morgan420 says: May 27, 2012 12:02 PM

    This is good to hear. I truly think the bengals are not only a team to look out for but the bengals are defently contenders. WHO-DEY!!!

  9. randallflagg52 says: May 27, 2012 12:21 PM

    How about he trys to lead his team in receiving yards against their best divisional rival the Ravens?

    I know going against Lardarius Webb is a tough job for any WR, but seriuosly AJ 26 yards is all you could manage? Better luck next year…

  10. bigcatdaddy says: May 27, 2012 1:03 PM

    Webb? Really? When Simpson was lighting up the ratbirds for 100+ yrds there wasn’t much of a reason to look AJ’s way. Now that he’s in Minn I’ll bet AJ will toast Webb this year ”if” their brave enough to leave Webb on him one on one, which they weren’t last season.

  11. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: May 27, 2012 1:23 PM

    Lard Web? Charlotte’s Webb? Who?? AJ Green will roast Webb on MNF in the opener. Can’t wait. Don’t you remember what happened last time the Bengals played the Ravens in a Monday Night opener? Oh, and Marv still has a winning record against you guys.

  12. mswravens says: May 27, 2012 2:04 PM

    Definitely believe in leading by example…but there is no comparison between quietly leading by example & effective strong vocal leadership. Of course, there is nothing worse than strong vocal non-leadership, ala TO.

  13. mswravens says: May 27, 2012 2:07 PM

    Bengal fans…you are ridiculous. Talk trash when you had your rear ends handed to you twice last season…the same limited QB & average run game will doom you to a similar fate…if I’m wrong, talk trash then. For now, assume your rightful place and STHU!

  14. tbizell says: May 27, 2012 2:27 PM

    Boy mswravens u r one to talk about an average quarterback u act like joe flacco is great he has done nothing but ride ray rices ass along with that defense he hasn’t proven a thing he is an example of average

  15. inthezone4 says: May 27, 2012 2:29 PM

    This story is about the Green and the bengals. So go talk about your ravens. Baltimore choke artist.

  16. londonbengal says: May 27, 2012 2:41 PM

    @ ‘randallflagg52’…….

    Your confidence in your team is admirable. We’ll try and do better this year, I promise. IIRC, we were a dodgy call on a Gresham TD away from beating you in BAL last year.

    This year on opening night, the cast of recievers we’ll be bringing along asides from AJ Green could include Jordan Shipley/ Mohamed Sanu/ Armon Binns/ Marvin Jones/ Andrew Hawkins/ Jermaine Gresham and Orson Charles.

    That lot will take some covering, so LaDarius Webb, Jimmy Smith and the crew better get ready…….

  17. gocincy1234 says: May 27, 2012 2:55 PM

    The story is clearly about the bengals, and not the ravens. Cant really say that we were the ones talking trash. If anything, it was your idiot raven fan friend who started it first. Know your facts before you open your mouth.

  18. stoptrippn says: May 27, 2012 3:36 PM

    I would say with Mays in the starting line up. they will go 12-4. Mays the new leader on defense.

  19. steelcityrapist says: May 27, 2012 4:11 PM



    Talk is cheap now!

  20. trefkennedy says: May 27, 2012 7:26 PM

    Gotta say I’m happy to see humble wr’s I.e Andre the giant,Megatron,Larry Fitz,Miles Austin, Dwayne Bowe A.J green included along with Julio jones, gotta say I’d take any of this humble wr’s then the old douches that were “superstars”

  21. 11jlacy says: May 28, 2012 5:11 PM

    The bengals offense will be nice believe dat!!!!!

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