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.

21 responses to “A.J. Green steps into leadership role

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

  2. 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!!!!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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

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

  12. @ ‘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…….

  13. 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.

  14. IT WAS SO EASY FOR L. WEBB TO STOP GREEN IN THE FIRST GAME AGAINST BALTIMORE!!!!!!

    …..THATS BECAUSE HE DIDNT PLAY.
    LEAVE IT TO A BALTIMORON TO KEEP STATING HE ONLY HAD 26 YARDS AGAINST BMORE LAST YEAR. I GUESS I COULD SAY BOLDON ONLY HAD 1CATCH AGAINT CINCY, BUT ID BE A MORON TOO.

    Talk is cheap now!

  15. 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”

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