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Andy Dalton: A.J. Green is “better than he’s been”

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Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green saw his 2016 season come to an early close due to a hamstring injury, but there doesn’t appear to be any lingering sign of the problem with Organized Team Activities underway.

Tuesday’s practice saw him make a catch down the sideline despite the attention of two defensive players, which is the kind of play that quarterback Andy Dalton has seen plenty of times over the course of his partnership with the wideout. Dalton, who joined Green as a 2011 arrival in Cincinnati said such catches don’t “surprise me anymore.”

What might be less expected is Dalton’s contention that Green is reaching new heights entering his seventh season.

“I would say he’s better than he’s been,” Dalton said, via the team’s website. “It’s the best shape he’s been in, probably. He’s fast, he’s big. He’s been doing it all. Even if you said he was the same, that’s really good.”

Green agreed with that assessment, saying that he “got better and did more and more stuff that catered to me” during his offseason work and feels “more fluid” than he did last year. He also feels that adding wide receiver John Ross and running back Joe Mixon in the draft has put the offense in position to get better after the first year of the Dalton/Green era to end without a playoff berth.

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18 Responses to “Andy Dalton: A.J. Green is “better than he’s been””
  1. yankeemofo says: May 31, 2017 7:53 AM

    Notice he didn’t say “better than he’s EVER been”…words are important.

  2. walker1191 says: May 31, 2017 8:07 AM

    If only they had someone who could chuck him the ball.

  3. vottorific says: May 31, 2017 8:24 AM

    Green is one of the best. He catches anything even close to him.

  4. edon8334 says: May 31, 2017 8:37 AM

    I wish A.J could say the same for you Andy

  5. natijim185 says: May 31, 2017 8:52 AM

    Green is a beast and if Dalton can improve on his downfield accuracy and keep the ball in bounds to the speedy Ross he will have a monster year!

  6. natijim185 says: May 31, 2017 8:53 AM

    Green will have a monster year with the speedy Ross on the other side!

  7. redsea1111 says: May 31, 2017 9:02 AM

    Must be the covfefe.

  8. redlikethepig says: May 31, 2017 9:10 AM

    Bengals and Eagles in the pre-season Superbowl once again.

  9. steeldominance says: May 31, 2017 9:14 AM

    Dalton wont last half a season with that awful O-Line.

  10. New England>Your Team says: May 31, 2017 9:15 AM

    Too bad he has Andy Dalton throwing him the ball.

  11. nhpats says: May 31, 2017 9:55 AM

    Andy Dalton…..fewer playoff wins than Tim Tebow (1)

  12. vottorific says: May 31, 2017 10:25 AM

    I believe Daltons numbers are third best in AFC. Behind Brady and Rothlisburger.

  13. realdealsteel says: May 31, 2017 11:19 AM

    Andy Dalton is a bum. We Steeler fans have known that and we sleep well at night because of it.

    Mixon, Ross…so what. Who cares what they’ve added as long as the trigger man is inept.

  14. joetoronto says: May 31, 2017 11:50 AM

    Fanboys keep pointing to the regular season even though it’s all about the rings.

  15. voyager6 says: May 31, 2017 1:04 PM

    Mike Brown has repeated his mistakes of the 1990s where he went for talented skilled players and used scrubs for the O Line.

    If the Ogbuehi, Boling , Bodine, Smith, and Fisher line experiment does not work, there is no OL backup solution on the team. Cincy may need three QBs to get through the season, no matter how great Green is doing. AJ won’t get many deep balls thrown to him because the QB will be on his back before the ball could be released.

    Unless the defense can win games 3-0, the season may be a long one for Cincy fans.

  16. bobthebillsfan says: May 31, 2017 3:05 PM

    The Bengals last won a playoff game in 1990 and last year were 6-9-1. The 5 previous years they made the playoffs. If they do not rebound and at least contend for the playoffs this might be Marvin Lewis’s last year.

  17. ihavenoeyedeer says: May 31, 2017 3:22 PM

    natijim185 says:
    May 31, 2017 8:52 AM
    Green is a beast and if Dalton can improve on his downfield accuracy and keep the ball in bounds to the speedy Ross he will have a monster year!

    _____

    You mean a monster regular season, right?

  18. crownofthehelmet says: May 31, 2017 8:54 PM

    How can such a class act, elite talent like Green tolerate for six years the rest of these rag-tag, hot-headed, perennial underachievers.

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