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Saturday, August 11, 2018, 9:34am
The Bengals also saw some sparks from Josh Malone, who had three catches for 41 yards, and Auden Tate, a 6-foot-5, 253-pound seventh-round draft pick whose big frame has impressed in camp.
Tate's night included a leaping grab that was negated by an offensive pass-interference penalty. But it was his contested reception for a 33-yard touchdown, caught right above the arms of the defender, that got his teammates talking.
Related players: John Ross, A.J. Green
Ross also did some nice things, the story said. The piece was mainly about how Green is a much happy guy in camp than he was last year when the Bengals offense was one of the worst in the league. The team seems very high and confident in these young WRs that they released Brandon LaFell early in camp.
Posted by Chris Kucharski
Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 12:40pm
A.J. Green continues to be a model of consistency. He eclipsed 1,000 yards in receiving yards for the sixth time in his seven-year career (in 2016 he missed six games but still had 964 yards). He was targeted 143 times last season, which shows the Bengals consider him to be their main playmaker. He averaged 14.4 yards per catch—which is close to his career average. No doubt, he is still a major factor in the Cincy offense.
Green just turned 30, so the age could start to become an issue. There is also the question of the Cincinnati offense. Is Andy Dalton on the downside of his career? If yes, that could impact Green. Another factor is the Bengals don't have another legitimate threat at the wide receiver position. When tight end Tyler Eifert is healthy, that takes some attention away from Green, but Eifert's availability has been an issue in recent seasons.
2018 Bottom Line
Green might not be in the top five as far as wide receivers but he is definitely in the top 10. He really has not shown any signs of slowing down and, except for the six games he missed two seasons ago, he has stayed healthy. His ADP is 19 overall, which actually might be a little low. Don't be afraid to grab him as the fifth or sixth wide receiver on the board—he will definitely be a solid WR1 on your team.
2018 Strength of Schedule - CIN
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||4.69||67.38||0.50||8.94||14.37||0||0||0||0.13||0.00||9.49||14.18||53.56/60.44||87.17% |