A.J. Green wants to follow Julio Jones’ lead

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Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green was on pace to set a career high in receptions last year when a torn hamstring brought his season to an end.

Green spent much of the offseason working with trainers in hopes of avoiding a repeat of the injury problem this year and he’d also like to avoid a repeat of his outsized role in the team’s offense. Green says he doesn’t doubt his ability to carry a heavy load, but prefers it when the Bengals are able to share the wealth as they did in previous seasons.

Green compared it to the way the Falcons ran their offense last year and said he’d like to see himself playing a role similar to the one Julio Jones was able to play in Atlanta.

“Look at the year Julio had,” Green said, via the team’s website. “He was coming off an 1,800-yard season and he had what last year? (1,409). That’s because they put all the weapons around him. He still made the same plays he made when he had the 1,800 yards, but when they double-teamed him they had [Mohamed Sanu] and [Taylor] Gabriel. They’ve got to respect those guys. They went to the Super Bowl and Julio had [1,409]  yards. It’s all about what you want. That’s the ultimate goal … to win the championship.”

The Bengals drafted two receivers this year — John Ross and Josh Malone — to go with last year’s rookies Tyler Boyd and Cody Core. Brandon LaFell is also back at wideout while the hope in Cincinnati is that they’ll get more from tight end Tyler Eifert after he missed all of last season. If all falls into place, Andy Dalton should have more places to go with the ball and Green hopes that less of a spotlight on him will lead to better results for the team.

12 responses to “A.J. Green wants to follow Julio Jones’ lead

  1. How about following Jerry Rice’ lead and win championships? Obviously it’s easier said than done, and a more difficult goal, but it’s a higher standard. It just is. I bet those guys would trade all of their 1500+ yard years just for one of Edelman’s rings. And that’s not to say Jules is better, because he isn’t.

    But at the end of the day, your goal should be to win the championship. No matter who you play for. Not catch for 2,000 yards.

  2. The Bengals had two really good ones around him, then wouldn’t pay them. Plus one of them wanted to be ‘the guy’. Jones has one of them now in Sanu. It won’t happen with rookies around him.

  3. @vottorific, stick to baseball or do your homework. The Bengals offered Marvin Jones as much money as the Lions, but Jones wanted to be the #1 receiver. The Bengals have a good receiving core behind AJ and they’ve added the speed they need with Ross and with Cody Core getting experience.

  4. Most of the time when two WRs come out of college the same year, and have the high pre-draft grades that Jones and Green had, at least one of them doesn’t pan out. In this case, both are well on their way to the HOF as two of the greatest WRs of this generation. These two have been great at the things they can control. Lots of stats and team accomplishments are not things they can control. Jerry Rice was a great WR, but he also joined a team that had just finished an 18-1 super bowl winning season, and the second super bowl victory in 4 years. The 49ers also had a QB, and a running game that kept defenses from keying on one guy. If you plug Green or Jones into that situation, they would be recognized as the greatest WR of all times. They’re that good.

  5. Stoneydog. Like I said. One of them wanted to be ‘the guy’. The other wanted paid. Put down your pipe stoner.

  6. tonebones says:
    Jul 2, 2017 12:50 PM
    Most of the time when two WRs come out of college the same year, and have the high pre-draft grades that Jones and Green had, at least one of them doesn’t pan out. In this case, both are well on their way to the HOF as two of the greatest WRs of this generation. These two have been great at the things they can control. Lots of stats and team accomplishments are not things they can control. Jerry Rice was a great WR, but he also joined a team that had just finished an 18-1 super bowl winning season, and the second super bowl victory in 4 years. The 49ers also had a QB, and a running game that kept defenses from keying on one guy. If you plug Green or Jones into that situation, they would be recognized as the greatest WR of all times. They’re that good.

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    Jerry Rice could also argue if he played with today’s NFL rules, he would have tripled his individual stats. It’s all a silly “what if” game.

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