A.J. Green Fantasy News
A.J. Green has gained 6-10 lbs to become more physical
Monday, April 21, 2014, 3:04pm
Green has finished as the #4 WR in each of the last four seasons, but may have a tough time finishing that high if new OC Hue Jackson installs a run-heavy offense. The Bengals threw the ball 55.0% of the time last season (which was below the league average of 56.6%) under supposed 'pass-happy' Jay Gruden, so the Bengals were already a tad run-heavy on offense. We're expecting a bit more running, so Green deserves a slight downgrade. He's still a very solid WR1.
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Cordarrelle Patterson should see more downfield targets
Monday, April 21, 2014, 2:54pm
Nearly two-thirds of Patterson’s targets came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, and a whopping 22 of them came on passes behind the line.
But Gordon did most of his damage downfield in Norv Turner’s vertical passing attack. More than 55 percent of his targets came when he was 10 yards or more past the line of scrimmage, and only Torrey Smith and A.J. Green were targeted beyond 20 yards more often. With just two targets behind the line of scrimmage, Gordon was rarely utilized in the screen game.
Patterson has the size and speeded needed to thrive in a vertical passing attack, so it’s going to be fun to watch him attempt to develop into an all-around receiver like Gordon. It will be also interesting to see how often Turner tries to take advantage of what Patterson already can do.
All arrows are pointing up for Patterson, who was the #10 WR from Week 10 to Week 17 in his rookie season. He scored seven touchdowns in that span (three rush, four receiving) while racking up 29 catches for 323 yards to go along with 10 carries for 156 rushing yards. With Josh Gordon coming off of a breakout season under new Vikings OC Norv Turner, Patterson should be a fantasy starter sooner rather than later. His TD rate will be difficult to maintain, but he should see a jump in touches in 2014. Patterson is very raw as a route runner and needs to develop quickly in that facet of the game if he's to have the type of season that many are predicting.
Bengals want to run the ball more
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 1:26pm
Hue Jackson is taking over as offensive coordinator after spending the 2013 season coaching Bengals running backs. In 2010, he was the offensive coordinator in Oakland before getting promoted to head coach in '11. The Bengals signed his quarterback from those two teams, Jason Campbell, last month in part to give Andy Dalton a veteran voice at the position that he hasn't really had throughout his career.
"You have to have the threat of running the ball and the threat of being a physical unit in order to last for the duration of the season," Jackson said on the radio interview.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:27pm
"As much as I like Allen, to ask him to improve dramatically in one season may be asking too much. He's a really good receiver, but he does not have the athletic ability of an A.J. Green or a Julio Jones. He could be close to his ceiling already.
Williamson added that Allen is an advanced route runner and has good hands, just lacks speed. He pointed out that teams will have another year to study him, too. Still, Allen was really the only WR threat on the Bolts last year, but put up nice numbers despite getting the full attention of defenses. He should fall in the WR2 or 3 zone with potential to exceed that in certain matchups.
A.J. Green catching balls again at practice
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 11:28pm
Two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green hadn't caught a ball against the defense in three weeks, but in the last public workout of training camp at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday morning his hands and the 60ish-degree temperatures ushered in the fall season.
Green, who bruised his knee on the first day of training camp, caught everything but flak. He caught deep ones, comebacks, hauled in two red-zone touchdowns on his patented fade route, and generally behaved like he never had a day off.
The knee is a non-issue. Draft him as you normally would.
A.J. Green (knee) returns to individual drills
Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 2:04pm
Draft Green as you normally would. His return leaves plenty of time for the knee to heal.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 8:35am
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green looks like he may give it a go on Wednesday after Tuesday's day off, which would be 19 days after he bruised his knee on the second day of camp. But still don't look for him in Saturday's 7 p.m. game against the Titans.
Sunday, August 4, 2013, 1:14pm
During the first week of camp, the rookie tight end has pulled down 10 or more catches a day from Andy Dalton in 11-on-11 drills while also showing improvement as a run blocker. With A.J. Green out for all but one practice, the first-round draft pick is definitely Dalton's favorite target.
Tyler Eifert shining in camp
Friday, August 2, 2013, 11:03am
TE Tyler Eifert was expected to add another dimension to Cincinnati's run-of-the-mill passing game, which ranked 17th in the league last season. With All-Pro receiver A.J. Green sidelined by a knee injury in camp, Eifert has been getting the ball more than many others with a lot more experience.
Cincinnati may have found someone to take the defense's focus off Green.
"He's done everything we thought and more," offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said. "He's just one of those guys that when he makes a play, you kind of look around and see if anybody else saw what he just did.
"He's running routes and catching the ball. He's very natural at what he does. He can beat man coverage no problem. He can beat zones. He's got a great feel for the game."
A.J. Green should be "fine" after landing awkwardly
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 6:35pm
Coach Marvin Lewis doesn't seem worried after Green after awkwardly fell at practice, according to Geoff Hobson of the team's official website.
"I think he's fine," Lewis said. "They went inside just to take a look, but I think he's fine."
Green was on the ground for a few minutes being attended to by trainers, who looked at his left knee. Green eventually was able to walk off the field; he didn't require a cart.
Lewis's words are encouraging, so there's no reason to push the panic button just yet.