A.J. Green wants to get back to feeling like himself in 2018

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Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green caught 75 passes for 1,078 yards and eight touchdowns last year in a season that would represent a strong accomplishment for many NFL wideouts.

That’s not how Green is viewing the season, however. Green had a drop in yards per catch and he dropped passes during a disappointing season for the team. Coach Marvin Lewis pointed to a drop in big plays — Green’s six plays of 25 or more yards were a career low — as Green’s shortcoming and the wideout has also identified where things went wrong last year.

“Just trying to do too much, not letting the game come to me,” Green said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I was thinking too much. Thinking I have to make every play to get the offense going. Not being myself and just going out there and having fun like I usually do. … Seasons like that you have to change and grow. I felt this was definitely one to help me grow more as a person and channel my emotions a little bit better.”

Green will be working with a new wide receivers coach this season and everyone in Cincinnati will be hoping that there’s more to smile about in 2018 than there was last year.

9 responses to “A.J. Green wants to get back to feeling like himself in 2018

  1. It’s hard to break 25 yard plays when Andy Dalton is on his back in three seconds.
    Corners know they only need to crowd and impede A.J. Green for 2 seconds.

    REMEMBER: A.J. Green is normally double or triple teamed

    2016 Andy Dalton – 41 sacks (2nd in NFL)
    2017 Andy Dalton – 39 sacks (6th in NFL)

    It doesn’t help that the team doesn’t have a strong receiving corps.
    Brandon LaFell is a joke.

    Tyler Eifert is not the answer.

    Draft Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews!!!

  2. I appreciate the “you can always get better” mentality, but Green was not the problem in 2017. Zampese wanted to spread the ball around and used Green as a decoy far too often early on, and Lazor didn’t feature Green enough. They were trying to outsmart other teams, and just over-thought how to run an offense with one true premier player.

    The offensive line’s issues are well known, and Andy Dalton is what he is. When other elite WRs are almost force-fed the ball, and Green is running clear-out routes, the issue is more than on the field.

  3. Talented player on a bad team. Lewis is a terrible coach. I can’t believe he still has a job. I get that continuity is important with coaching staff, and that if you give up on a coach after a few seasons you just don’t know what you have in them, but he has had way too many chances. Green had better numbers because the other receivers on the team were better. Dalton is also a average QB and Green has bailed him out too many times. The Bengals defense (the one Zimmer built) is aging. It’s just a matter of time where this team sinks.

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