Moore caught 33 passes for 618 yards and five touchdowns while also running for one score that season and he followed that up with seven more touchdown catches the next year. He continued to play a prominent role in the offense in 2013, but drifted into an insignificant role with Oakland last season.
Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson was the head coach in Oakland when Moore was a rookie during the 2011 season. The problem for Moore's fantasy potential is he'll be behind A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones and the recently re-signed Brandon Tate, at least heading into OTAs and camp.
“I’ve got the green light to do anything and everything I need to do to get back to where I need to be,” Bengals WR Marvin Jones texted Thursday after another workout. “I’ve been surprised at the progress I’ve made in only going on my second week training and at the rate I’m going I’m sure I will be in game shape very soon.”
Jones was one of our favorite sleepers heading into the season, but ankle and foot injuries made it a "lost year" for the talented wideout. Mohamed Sanu stepped in and shined as the team's WR2 opposite A.J. Green. If Jones and TE Tyler Eifert make a full recovery, Andy Dalton will have a nice group of receivers to target in 2015.
Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm
Bengals WR A.J. Green (concussion, doubtful) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is doubtful for Week 18. With Green doubtful, look for Mohamed Sanu to have a solid game against Indianapolis. He averaged 5.0-93-.60 in the five games Green missed (or was very limited) this season. He didn’t do much (3-54 on nine targets) against Indianapolis in Week 7, however.
Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm
Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (back, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 18. The Bengals may have to lean on Gresham with A.J. Green likely out. He’s not a safe start in daily due to the questionable tag, however.
It's not a good sign that Green isn't practicing today, though (for what it's worth) beat writer Coley Harvey said that he thinks he'll be cleared by Sunday. If Green can't play, then Mohamed Sanu should be a nice start. He averaged 5.5 catches for 96 yards and 0.5 TD in the four games that Green missed this season. He also posted a 3-84-1 in a game against Atlanta in which Green only played 7 percent of the snaps.
Bengals Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green returned to practice Thursday morning in a limited capacity, but he remains under concussion protocol.
According to a Bengals official, Green still has to see a neuropsychologist and an independent neurologist before Sunday afternoon's wild-card-round playoff game at Indianapolis. Once he clears evaluations from both, he'll move beyond the protocol and will be allowed to play.
He will see the neuropsychologist Friday and the neurologist Saturday.
It sounds as if Green is on track to play, though he still has a few hurdles to clear.
Bengals A.J. Green has entered the league's concussion protocol, per ESPN's Coley Harvey and Paul Dehner of The Cincinnati Enquirer, after sustaining a blow to the head from Steelers safety Mike Mitchell late in the fourth quarter of the Bengals' 27-17 loss.
The hit came less than a second after Green hauled in a 17-yard pass and was wrestled down toward the ground by Antwon Blake, forcing a fumble. The result was a pivotal recovery by the Steelers, ending the Bengals' drive.
The blow to the head prematurely ended Green's night, in which the receiver caught six passes for 67 yards over his final two drives after a sluggish start. His status for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Indianapolis Colts is in jeopardy, depending upon his progression during the week. Mohamed Sanu would move back to the WR1 role but he had just one catch for 16 yards in Week 17. Giovani Bernard had a 7-56-1 receiving line in Week 17 and will likely continue to be a major factor in the passing game while Jeremy Hill gets the carries.
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Bengals WR A.J. Green (biceps, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. The probable tag means that Green will be able to play against the Steelers. He was limited against Denver on Monday Night Football after injuring his arm.
As we always like to point out, it's tough to trust a player when he says he's going to play. But it's at least a bit of good news if you need Green Week 17. Cameras caught Green grimacing multiple times as trainers tried to work on his arm on the sideline. At one point, he even went into the locker room for X-rays. Green said the tests were negative.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday. Green should be good to go for Monday night.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) missed practice Thursday. He’s listed on the injury report with his bothersome toe, but according to beat writer Paul Dehner, Green fell ill but should be able to play on Sunday.
Haden might know Green better than any corner in the game because of their battles dating back to college, but I still like Green’s chances this week. Haden will probably restrict Green from going long, which means screens and slants are possibilities. I wouldn’t expect a 100-yard game from Green, but an eight-catch, 90-yard, one-touchdown line wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility. Now that Green’s right toe is back to full health (it wasn’t in the first meeting), this should be the most intriguing matchup of the game.
Green has averaged just 4.0 catches for 27 yards (and zero touchdowns) in his last three meetings with Haden, but he racked up 11 catches for 286 yards and three touchdowns in his first three games against the Browns' shutdown corner. As Harvey noted, Green's toe wasn't up to snuff in the two teams' first meeting this season. Green is in the midst of one of the best stretches of his career, with 529 yards and three touchdowns in his last four games. Something has to give.
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Bengals WR A.J. Green (thigh, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 14. Green should be fine for a nice matchup against the Steelers.
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
Bengals WR A.J. Green (thigh) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Green should be fine for a nice matchup against the Steelers.
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