Kyler Murray: People are sleeping on A.J. Green; I think he’ll have a big year

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After missing the entire 2019 season with an ankle injury, A.J. Green returned to the Bengals and played all 16 games in 2020. It was the first time he’d played a full season since 2017, as he appeared in only nine in 2018.

But Green’s production was not nearly at his previous standard. Green was targeted 104 times but caught just 47 passes for 523 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Green averaged 32.7 yards per game — well off his previous career mark of 80.2 YPG.

Green signed a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Cardinals as a free agent in March. And even as Green turns 33 at the end of July, his new quarterback is excited to see what he can do in 2021.

“I expect A.J. to have a big year,” Kyler Murray said, via Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals’ website. “I know a lot of people are sleeping on him. I know a lot of things have been said about him maybe not being able to do it anymore. … I’m glad he’s on the team.”

Though Green was Cincinnati’s top receiver for years, he won’t have to fill that role in Arizona with DeAndre Hopkins as his teammate. Green recently said he’s never played with someone like Hopkins and their pairing should be “unbelievable.”

With Hopkins inevitably drawing plenty of attention, Green has a chance for a strong bounce-back season in 2021.

13 responses to “Kyler Murray: People are sleeping on A.J. Green; I think he’ll have a big year

  1. With Hopkins inevitably drawing plenty of attention, Green has a chance for a strong bounce-back season in 2021

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    Green hasn’t been double teamed in 3 years and last year couldn’t get separation from the slowest linebacker on the field

  2. a fully healthy AJ Green..i’d take him as a 10th round pick in a fantasy draft

  3. BuckyBadger says:
    June 28, 2021 at 6:27 pm
    Collecting old players isn’t how you win the NFL.
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    It is if you can get a former #1 receiver filling the #2 roll with a true top 3 WR drawing double coverage every play, sounds like a receipt for sucess to me for the #2!

  4. AJ was on the field with nearly two 1000 yard receivers last year and could not get separation. All the foot and ankle injuries have take their toll along with Father Time. Love the guy, but he’s not much of a factor on the field anymore.

  5. I have always liked Green and would like to see him succeed, but he looked like he was running on fumes last year. We’ll see.

  6. Folks in Cincinnati will be smiling every Sunday watching highlights of AJ reviving his career and helping his team into the playoffs… I personally would like to acknowledge those Bengals fans who wish him the best because they appreciate the class act he embodied while in Ohio. The Cardinals Red Sea can appreciate that because they have one too… Fitz.

  7. It’s worth noting that over 40 of the passes thrown at AJ in 2020 were deemed uncatchable.

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