A.J. Green: Playing with DeAndre Hopkins will make my job easier

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A.J. Green was “The Guy” at receiver in Cincinnati for most of his career, and he played like it.

He rewarded the Bengals for selecting him at No. 4 overall in 2011 by recording five consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 yards to start his career. Green has six overall.

But as he moves to Arizona for the 2021 season, Green is looking forward to playing alongside DeAndre Hopkins, who is arguably the league’s best active receiver.

“I’m very excited about that,” Green said during his introductory press conference, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. “Ten years playing in an offense where I’m the focal point to take away every week, coming to this offense having all the other guys … it’s going to make my job a lot easier.”

Hopkins caught 115 passes for 1,407 yards with six touchdowns in 2020, his first season with Arizona. Green missed all of 2019 due to injury, but was able to play all 16 contests in 2020 with 47 receptions for 523 yards.

If Green has more left in the tank, Arizona is probably a good place for him to show it as defenses will almost certainly roll coverage toward the clear and present threat of Hopkins.

12 responses to “A.J. Green: Playing with DeAndre Hopkins will make my job easier

  1. It would help if Arizona had something better than a middle-of-the-road quarterback to be tossing the passes to these guys.

  2. If you want to see the lamest tweet ever just go to the Cardinals page where they show a picture of green and Hopkins and say “who you gonna double team now?”

    I legit laughed so hard my stomach hurt.

  3. I know Larry played his whole career with Arizona, and he came close but never won it all. He is a first ballot HOFer but he needs to sign with a team that gives him a legit chance this season to win a SB.

  4. He should’ve gone somewhere like TB, Buffalo, KC, LA (Rams or chargers)… somewhere where their QB has an arm and can throw the deep ball without tossing it up and hopping Dhopp high points it.

  5. demanrighthere says:
    March 23, 2021 at 10:05 am

    He should’ve gone somewhere like TB, Buffalo, KC, LA (Rams or chargers)… somewhere where their QB has an arm and can throw the deep ball without tossing it up and hopping Dhopp high points it.

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    Lol – Kyler has a cannon.

  6. Before every season I feel like the Cardinals are on the verge of being a top 5 team. I use to feel this way about the Chargers for awhile too. I should not gamble

  7. While I love AJ, what is he saying he played across from last year? A couple very good WRs in Boyd and Higgins. He just wasn’t getting the separation he used to and rarely beat a CB like he used to. Hopefully it was just rust and he does well.

  8. The folks in Cincinnati feel the same way about AJ as the folks in Arizona feel about Fitz… He is a class act, very humble, excellent route runner, outstanding hands, and one of the best with contested catches. While some maybe negative and pessimistic towards him given the past few years of production, Steve Keim and the Arizona organization have made an excellent decision to augment their offensive game with his presence. Let’s enjoy watching the evolving Diversity of this Cardinals team in pursuit the playoffs in 2021.

  9. Its hard to go from being the #1 guy on a team to a lower option while staying in the same locker room. While it sucks to see him move on, getting a fresh start means AJ can be a second or third option, and likely get a bit of a second wind for his career. He’s not the AJ of old, but at least now he won’t draw top coverage

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