A.J. Green will miss Brandon LaFell, but thinks young guys are ready to play

AP

The Bengals released wide receiver Brandon LaFell on Thursday in a move that leaves A.J. Green as the only receiver on the roster who started his professional career before 2016.

The five members of that group with NFL experience have combined for 117 career catches, 76 of which belong to Tyler Boyd. He figures to work out of the slot and the outside receiver options have much smaller track records that underscore the  risk in banking on them to fill out the offense with LaFell out of the picture.

Green said on Thursday that LaFell’s departure hurts, but thinks the younger players are capable of stepping up.

“Brandon was a guy who was great for our room — a veteran who knows how to be a pro, knows every position, could have plugged him in anywhere so losing him hurts, but it’s a business,” Green said, via the team’s website. “There are a lot of young guys here that are ready to play, but it sucks, me and Brandon became real close this last year. He was one of my friends off the field. It’s tough, but it’s a business and he knows the business side of it.”

In a perfect world for the Bengals, 2017 first-round pick John Ross will step into the void and become the playmaker that he never became in an injury-shortened rookie season. If not Ross, they’ll need someone else to prove Green right about their potential.

7 responses to “A.J. Green will miss Brandon LaFell, but thinks young guys are ready to play

  1. I’ve noticed coaches and players from his various teams often heap praise on Brandon LaFell even though he’s never been a major stat producer. I won’t be surprised to see him become a good coach when his playing days are over.

  2. Who would you rather have at this point in their respective careers? Lafell or Eric Decker? Looks New England has made their choice but they met with Decker days prior and Lafell just got released hours ago… if the market develops slowly for Brandon I’m sure New England will at least want to give him a call/work out

  3. I enjoy the optimism… but… I have seen this mike brown show many times.

    LaFell was not good… or… worthy of his #2 wr status… but… there were no options that could compete with him.

    So… I am suppose to believe the young players who haven’t had any impact in the nfl and never worried slow, non-separating Brandon LaFell are going to improve the receiving corps for Andy Dalton.

    This is just another example of Bengals owner mike brown getting rid of some salary and forcing Andy Dalton to play with inexperienced, unproven receiving elements.

  4. doctorrustbelt says:
    August 2, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    I enjoy the optimism… but… I have seen this mike brown show many times.

    LaFell was not good… or… worthy of his #2 wr status… but… there were no options that could compete with him.

    So… I am suppose to believe the young players who haven’t had any impact in the nfl and never worried slow, non-separating Brandon LaFell are going to improve the receiving corps for Andy Dalton.

    This is just another example of Bengals owner mike brown getting rid of some salary and forcing Andy Dalton to play with inexperienced, unproven receiving elements.

    Dig your head out of the sand. Bengals are currently 7th highest in payroll for 2018. I’m sure you’ll complain when they use the two mill they are saving to extend Geno or Carlos. So, If you hated Lafell because he couldn’t separate, why would you pay him more that the young guys -that you have zero confidence in? Troll.

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