A.J Green still feels young enough to make a Canton run

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It doesn’t take a long look around the Bengals receivers room for A.J. Green to realize how old he is.

But he also has a clear enough vision of where he wants to end up that he can’t see the end quite yet.

Via Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Green is six years older than any other receiver in camp, having just turned 30. But as with most players at milestone ages, he insists he has many years left.

I ain’t an old man,” Green said. “I’ve always got juice. I’ve had it for a long time. I’m not going anywhere any time soon. . . .

“I feel good. I’m one of the oldest guys, but I run the most of anybody in practice and I feel great. I put a lot into my body on and off the field that really gets me ready for the next day.”

Feeling good, he hopes to add to his resume so that his long-term goal of making the Hall of Fame. There are mitigating factors that could work against him, including the lack of All-Pro honors, or that he’s never led the league in any category or caught 100 passes in a season. The Bengals’ lack of playoff success will also be a factor, as titles clearly help the case of those who want to go to Canton.

But if he keeps his current pace for the next seven years, he’ll reach the top five in receptions and yards and the top seven in touchdowns, which should make a strong case, which he’s eager to attempt.

“I feel great. These last two years is the best my body’s felt in a long time,” he said. “I’ve got six years in me I feel like. A long, long time. I’ll be ready.”

Being a Bengal might be the biggest hurdle he’ll have to clear. He has two years left on his current contract, and while he hasn’t made noise about a new one, it will be interesting to see if he longs for free agency, for another chance to polish his Hall of Fame case elsewhere.

9 responses to “A.J Green still feels young enough to make a Canton run

  1. If it wasn’t for Andy Dalton AJ would have another 25 td’s, 200 receptions, and about another 3000 yards on his resume. Add those numbers to his totals and the guy would be a shoe in……. Andy has consistently under thrown Aj over the years and never leads the guy to a spot…..some of his best plays have been making sure Andy hasn’t turned the ball over

    I wish I was exaggerating, I’ve seen almost every game AJ and Andy has played

  2. Any team would want this man on their roster. He is a pro’s pro. Free agency Won t be a problem for him.

  3. I think AJ should get a hall invite just for beating the crap out of Jaylon Ramsey. Lots of players wanted to. AJ did.

  4. AJ Green is the Carson Palmer of WR’s. Green is an excellent far above average at times elite WR who’s played on bad teams the majority of his career, while he’s one of the best WR’s in the NFL he just isnt a Hall of Fame caliber WR. He still has a few years to change that, but being that he is already 30yrs old he likely wont get better going forward.

  5. joco45215 says:
    August 16, 2018 at 7:27 am
    If it wasn’t for Andy Dalton AJ would have another 25 td’s, 200 receptions, and about another 3000 yards on his resume. Add those numbers to his totals and the guy would be a shoe in……. Andy has consistently under thrown Aj over the years and never leads the guy to a spot…..some of his best plays have been making sure Andy hasn’t turned the ball over

    I wish I was exaggerating, I’ve seen almost every game AJ and Andy has played
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    PUUHHLEAASEE you cannot blame AJ’s lack of success on QB Andy Dalton. Look at the long list of HORRRRIBLE QB’s who’ve thrown passes to WR Larry Fitzgerald that he’s played with, its a sad pathetic list yet he still figured out a way to not only play at an Elite level with them but to be among the best or thee best at his position with those said crappy QB’s. If Larry Fitzgerald had a QB of Andy Dalton’s caliber of his entire career he likely would rank #1 all time in every receiving statistic. Luckily for Fitzgerald he will get to end the last few years of his career with very good QB’s in Sam Bradford and youngster QB Josh Rosen to pad his stats even more, but he’s played with garbage QBs the majority of his NFL career & still put together a 1st ballot HOF resume. One cannot blame AJ’s lack of production on Dalton, who is the epitome of an average NFL QB.

  6. hawkkiller says:
    August 16, 2018 at 1:55 pm
    joco45215 says:
    August 16, 2018 at 7:27 am
    If it wasn’t for Andy Dalton AJ would have another 25 td’s, 200 receptions, and about another 3000 yards on his resume. Add those numbers to his totals and the guy would be a shoe in……. Andy has consistently under thrown Aj over the years and never leads the guy to a spot…..some of his best plays have been making sure Andy hasn’t turned the ball over

    I wish I was exaggerating, I’ve seen almost every game AJ and Andy has played
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    PUUHHLEAASEE you cannot blame AJ’s lack of success on QB Andy Dalton. Look at the long list of HORRRRIBLE QB’s who’ve thrown passes to WR Larry Fitzgerald that he’s played with, its a sad pathetic list yet he still figured out a way to not only play at an Elite level with them but to be among the best or thee best at his position with those said crappy QB’s. If Larry Fitzgerald had a QB of Andy Dalton’s caliber of his entire career he likely would rank #1 all time in every receiving statistic. Luckily for Fitzgerald he will get to end the last few years of his career with very good QB’s in Sam Bradford and youngster QB Josh Rosen to pad his stats even more, but he’s played with garbage QBs the majority of his NFL career & still put together a 1st ballot HOF resume. One cannot blame AJ’s lack of production on Dalton, who is the epitome of an average NFL QB.
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    I’ll leave this right here, any QB who has the game on the line in the 4th quarter with little time left and no chance for another possession on 4th and 3 throws the ball out of bounds doesn’t deserve to be called average……

    As far as your grade of Dalton watch more Bengals games from the last 7 years….. you might agree with me……..

    Larry is a legend, what a special player…….here’s another take give Larry Montana, Steve Young and even Rich Gannon………Maybe you brought Larry down instead of up….With the Qb’s he’s had he will finish number 2 behind Rice in the most important receiving categories….

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