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A.J. Green

A.J. Green

Wide Receiver #18
ADP:Round: 14, Pick: 11
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 211 lb.
Born:July 31, 1988
Drafted:2011 / Rd. 1 (4)
Draft Team:CIN

A.J. Green: Continuing career in desert

Green has agreed to terms on a contract with the Cardinals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Green and the Cardinals are finalizing a one-year deal worth up to $8.5 million, and with $6 million guaranteed. One of the all-time wideouts of his generation, Green is admittedly coming off a down year with the Bengals, having especially struggled after Joe Burrow (knee) went down with a torn ACL. Now entering his age-33 season, a landing spot with Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins seems ideal for Green's chances of bouncing back. Hopkins' presence will force opposing defenses to cover Green with their No. 2 cornerback, while Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald -- if he doesn't retire or switch teams -- are both more than capable of creating additional exploitable matchups.

March 17, 2021 10:31 AM EST

A.J. Green: Catchless in finale

Green recorded no catches on six targets in the team's Week 17 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Green struggled along with the rest of the Bengals' offense, as the team only managed to complete six passes across the entire game. Despite playing in all 16 contests, Green posted by far the worst campaign of his career by finishing with only 523 yards and two touchdowns. While some of his struggles in 2020 can be attributed to poor quarterback play in the second half of the season, it's difficult to project Green to return to his top form as he will be 33 when the 2021 season begins. Entering the offseason as a free agent, it's very likely that Green has played his last snap in Cincinnati.

January 3, 2021 5:11 PM EST

A.J. Green: Records four receptions

Green recorded four receptions on seven targets for 64 yards in Week 16 against the Texans.

Analysis: Green was one of four Bengals' pass-catchers to command at least six targets, as Brandon Allen took to the air 37 times. He struggled to get going initially, gaining only five yards on his first five targets. However, Green was a strong contributor thereafter, logging receptions of 33, 14 and 12 yards. Given the way Allen has spread targets around, Green can't be confidently projected for significant volume in Week 17 against the Ravens.

December 27, 2020 3:04 PM EST

A.J. Green: Tops team in receiving yards

Green brought in two of three targets for 40 yards in the Bengals' 27-17 win over the Steelers on Monday night.

Analysis: Green provided the highlight of the night for the air attack with a 30-yard reception, which also helped propel him to the team lead in receiving yardage for the night. The multi-time Pro Bowler was coming off his best game since late October in the form of a 6-62-1 effort against the Cowboys in Week 14, so Monday night's numbers represented a modest downturn. Green will look to boost his overall production at the expense of a sub-par Texans secondary in a Week 16 matchup.

December 21, 2020 9:39 PM EST

A.J. Green: Rebounds in Week 14

Green recorded six receptions on seven targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Green had drawn only four targets across his last two games combined heading into Week 14. However, he bounced back to top five targets for for only the second time since Week 8. He also made the most of that opportunity by recording four receptions for 10 or more yards. Green also found the end zone for the second time this season on a five-yard reception with only eight seconds remaining in the first half. He'll draw a Week 15 matchup against the Steelers.

December 13, 2020 3:09 PM EST

A.J. Green: One target Week 13

Green failed to catch is only target during Sunday's 19-7 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: The 32-year-old played 45 of 52 offensive snaps but received his only target on a short route during the third quarter. Green has only four catches for 41 yards and one touchdown over the past four games -- all of which came in one contest -- and his outlook doesn't figure to improve much the rest of the season with Brandon Allen (chest) or Ryan Finley leading the offense.

December 7, 2020 1:31 PM EST

A.J. Green: Goes without a catch

Green didn't catch any of his three targets during Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Green tied for fourth on the team in targets but failed to connect with Brandon Allen, who struggled to the tune of 4.7 yards per attempt. The veteran wideout has now been held without a catch on three occasions this season, which is quite surprising given his pedigree, playmaking ability and hefty salary. Green's fantasy value could be near its all-time low at the moment and he seems unlikely to produce useful numbers in next Sunday's matchup with the Dolphins.

November 29, 2020 4:09 PM EST

A.J. Green: Scores first TD since 2018

Green caught four of nine targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-9 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Green bounced back from last week's goose egg by posting his fourth-highest yardage total of the season and finding the end zone for the first time since Week 8 of the 2018 campaign. He got the Bengals on the board with a five-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter, but that will end up being the last touchdown rookie quarterback Joe Burrow throws this season, as Burrow was carted off with a season-ending knee injury early in the second half. Green and the rest of the Bengals' receiving corps will be catching passes from Ryan Finley in Week 12 against the Cardinals, and Finley's early results in this one (3-for-10 for 30 yards and an interception) weren't promising.

November 22, 2020 2:55 PM EST

A.J. Green: Goose egg against Steelers

Green was shut out on five targets in Sunday's loss to the Steelers, despite playing 54 snaps (83 percent of the offensive snaps).

Analysis: So much for Green's resurgence seen in Week 6 and Week 7. He's not getting as much separation as he used to earlier in his career, nor is he as successful in coming down with contested catches. He's not putting together a great resume in his walk season.

November 16, 2020 6:34 PM EST

A.J. Green: Just two catches in win

Green caught two of five targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 31-20 win over the Titans.

Analysis: After displaying a flash of his old self with a 15-178-0 line over the previous two games, Green was brought back to earth Sunday. He finished behind rookie Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate in receiving yards, as each of the aforementioned receivers surpassed 60 yards. Green has been rumored as possible trade bait since the Bengals sit at 2-5-1, but this was a poor closing pitch.

November 1, 2020 2:16 PM EST

A.J. Green: Hauls in seven of 13 targets

Green caught seven of 13 targets for 82 yards in Sunday's 37-34 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Green has come alive with 15 catches for 178 yards in the last two games after totaling only 14 catches for 119 yards over the season's first five contests. The veteran wide receiver is still in search of his first touchdown since Week 8 of 2018, but Green tied Tyler Boyd for the team lead in targets in this game, and his chemistry with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow has clearly improved heading into a Week 8 clash with the Titans.

October 25, 2020 2:06 PM EST

A.J. Green: Posts season highs across the board

Green caught eight of 11 targets for 96 yards during Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Green set new season highs in targets, receptions and receiving yards in what turned into a surprisingly competitive contest. His long gain went for just 19 yards, but he consistently got open and showed a much-improved rapport with Joe Burrow after totaling just one catch for three yards over the last two games. Green's output improved dramatically despite the success of teammates Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd, suggesting the trio can all succeed for a Bengals team that figures to be behind quite often in upcoming games. He'll look to build off this effort in a favorable matchup against the Browns next Sunday.

October 18, 2020 5:11 PM EST

A.J. Green: Good to go for Sunday

Green (hamstring) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game in Indianapolis, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After opening the week with back-to-back LP listings on the practice report, Green elevated to full participation Friday, per Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site. It appears Green will be able to gut out his tweaked left hamstring from this past Sunday versus the Ravens, which limited him to a season-low 42 percent of the snaps on offense. He'll look to bounce back to his typical 60-75 percent snap share against a Colts defense that has given up the second-fewest receiving yards per game (136.8) to wideouts this season.

October 16, 2020 12:04 PM EST

A.J. Green: Manages limited practice showing

Green (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: For the second straight day, Green reps were capped on account of the left hamstring he tweaked in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. According to Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site, the wideout said he plans to push through the injury to play Week 6 in Indianapolis, but he may need to upgrade to full activity Friday to avoid taking a designation into the weekend. After sitting out the entire 2019 campaign with an ankle injury, Green has struggled to recapture top form, hauling in only 14 of 34 targets for 119 yards and no scores through five games. Despite slot man Tyler Boyd and promising rookie Tee Higgins both having demonstrated a better rapport thus far with new quarterback Joe Burrow, Green said Thursday that he still believes in head coach Zac Taylor's offensive scheme and has no plans to ask the front office for a trade, per Jay Morrison of The Athletic.

October 15, 2020 1:53 PM EST

A.J. Green: Limited at practice

Green (hamstring) logged a limited practice Wednesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Green was forced out of this past Sunday's loss to the Ravens due to an aggravation of his left hamstring injury, but his ability to take the field Wednesday -- albeit in a limited capacity -- suggests that the veteran pass-catcher could suit up Sunday against the Colts. Five games into the season, however, Green's fantasy impact has been modest, with the 32-year-old having turned in a 14/119/0 stat line to date.

October 14, 2020 1:25 PM EST

A.J. Green: No timetable for return

Coach Zac Taylor said Monday that he has no timetable for Green (hamstring) to return, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Green was forced out of Sunday's loss to the Ravens due to an aggravation of his left hamstring injury, per Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer. The veteran wideout wasn't able to haul in his only target before leaving the field, and he previously had just one catch Week 4. If Green were forced to miss significant time, it's possible that John Ross (illness) could find his way back into the lineup behind Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins.

October 12, 2020 12:35 PM EST

A.J. Green: Injures hamstring

Green was forced out of Sunday's game against the Ravens with a hamstring injury.

Analysis: With Green, who did not catch his only target Sunday, out of the game, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins will continue to head the Bengals' Week 5 wide receiver corps.

October 11, 2020 12:08 PM EST

A.J. Green: Just one catch in win

Green caught just one of five targets for three yards in Sunday's 33-25 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Green was quiet once again, even as quarterback Joe Burrow reached 300 passing yards for a third consecutive week. The veteran wide receiver spent some time on the sidelines in the second half, but there was no injury reported, so the team was simply sticking with a different preferred personnel grouping while implementing a run-heavy approach with the lead. Green has just 14 catches for 119 yards through four weeks, and it won't be easy to get things going in Baltimore in Week 5.

October 4, 2020 3:32 PM EST

A.J. Green: Slow start continues

Green hauled in five of six targets for 36 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-23 tie against the Eagles.

Analysis: The seven-time Pro Bowl wideout admitted this week that he's still getting comfortable in game action after missing all of last season because of an ankle injury. That news is comforting for those banking on a resurgence from Green over the course of the season, though it doesn't do much to remedy a series of mediocre fantasy performances through the first three weeks of 2020. The targets have been there for Green in the early going (28), though he's totaled 116 receiving yards and zero touchdowns with those opportunities. The veteran wideout will now face a Jacksonville defense that surrendered a 90 percent completion rate and two passing touchdowns to Miami on Thursday night.

September 27, 2020 3:54 PM EST

A.J. Green: Getting resettled after lost 2019

Green said Thursday that he's started to feel more comfortable on the field after missing the entire 2019 season with an ankle injury and being limited by a hamstring injury in training camp, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. "I'd be lying if I didn't say I didn't think about [the ankle] the first game," Green said. "For me, it's just going out there and having full confidence in myself that I'm not going to get hurt again. Each week, I get better and better and more comfortable."

Analysis: Though Green declared himself 100 percent healthy prior to the season, the seven-time Pro Bowler hasn't looked like his old self through the Bengals' first two games. He's hauled in only eight of 22 targets thus far, with his 36.4 percent catch rate well off his 59.6 percent mark from his first eight years in the NFL. Despite the poor results, Green is optimistic that his chemistry with quarterback Joe Burrow and his comfort in coach Zac Taylor's offensive system will improve as the season rolls along, which should lead to better production. Until that materializes, however, Green shouldn't necessarily be treated as the must-start fantasy option he's been for most of his career.

September 24, 2020 1:42 PM EST

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