A.J. Green

Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receiver #18
Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receiver #18
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A.J. Green News

To profit from Hopkins' ban

Green should benefit from DeAndre Hopkins' six-game suspension to begin the 2022 season, Jess Root of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Since this year's NFL Draft kicked off last Thursday, the state of the Cardinals' receiving corps has changed, with the team acquiring Marquise Brown from the Ravens and later enduring announcement of Hopkins' suspension Monday. Without Hopkins, Brown and Green should serve as Arizona's primary outside receivers, while second-year pro Rondale Moore and veteran tight end Zach Ertz man the slot. In his age-33 season last year, Green was relatively healthy for a second consecutive campaign, hauling in 54 of 92 passes for 848 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games.

May 5, 2022 7:25 PM EST

Back in Arizona

The Cardinals and Green agreed to a one-year contract Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: A perennial Pro Bowler for the first seven years of his career, the 2011 first-round pick has entered a different phase since sitting out 2019 due to injury. The 2021 campaign marked Green's first with the Cardinals, and he fared well with 54 catches (on 92 targets) for 848 yards and three touchdowns in 16 contests. As he heads into his age-34 season, he'll again play second fiddle to DeAndre Hopkins in Arizona's passing game, likely vying for looks from Kyler Murray with Rondale Moore and potentially another offseason addition to the receiving corps.

Apr 14, 2022 12:17 PM EST

Fair production in the desert

Green recorded 54 catches (on 92 targets) for 848 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games during the 2021 season.

Analysis: In 2020, Green logged a complete, injury-free campaign for the first time since 2017 en route to a 47-523-2 line on 104 targets. He parlayed the bounceback into a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cardinals last March, and following the 2021 NFL Draft the team's receiving corps included DeAndre Hopkins, Green, Christian Kirk and rookie second-rounder Rondale Moore. The additions seemingly gave coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Kyler Murray the firepower they've lacked in their first two years together, and Arizona was clicking on all cylinders until Hopkins hurt his hamstring Week 8. From that point forward, Hopkins missed eight of the final 10 contests (including playoffs), Murray also sat out three games due to injury, and Green and company struggled with consistency the rest of the way. Green again will be an unrestricted free agent on March 16, so it remains to be seen where the 11-year pro laces them up next season.

Jan 18, 2022 8:04 PM EST

Draws nine targets

Green caught four passes for 23 yards on nine targets against Seattle on Sunday.

Analysis: The Arizona passing game was disappointing against Seattle, and if there's a single greatest culprit it's arguably Green. His nine targets ranked second behind only Zach Ertz (10), yet his yardage total ranked fifth, including behind two running backs. Green has been serviceable at times in 2021 but has sometimes struggled with the finer points of wide receiver play. He'll need to find the old version of himself for the Cardinals to live up to their playoff ambitions.

Jan 9, 2022 6:31 PM EST

Three grabs in Sunday's win

Green caught three of six targets for 74 yards in Sunday's 25-22 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: He very nearly had a 45-yard touchdown on the Cardinals' first possession but Kyler Murray underthrew the ball, resulting in Green getting taken down at the three-yard line instead. The veteran wideout was mostly quiet after that, but he still wound up topping 60 yards for the fourth time in the last six games. Green will look to wrap up the regular season on a high note in Week 18 against the Seahawks.

Jan 2, 2022 8:51 PM EST

Musters one catch Saturday

Green had one catch (on three targets) for 33 yards during Saturday's 22-16 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Green's only play of substance Week 16 came on 3rd-and-10 with 13:10 remaining and the Cardinals trailing, 15-13. The 33-yard connection with Kyle Murray kept a key drive alive, but it ultimately ended with a 41-yard field goal from Matt Prater that hit the right upright and fell no good. Green hasn't done much in the first two games without DeAndre Hopkins (knee) until late January, at the earliest, with a 5-97-0 line on 11 targets during that stretch. Murray more so is looking in the direction of Zach Ertz (24 targets) and Christian Kirk (21), making Green the third option, at best, in Arizona's passing attack at the moment.

Dec 25, 2021 9:35 PM EST

Makes four catches Week 15

Green caught four of eight targets for 64 yards during Sunday's 30-12 loss at Detroit.

Analysis: Green was targeted just once before halftime and didn't make his first catch until the midpoint of the third quarter, so his final results in the box score are respectable enough. He also earned a 75 percent snap share in the first contest since DeAndre Hopkins (knee) was ruled out for the rest of the regular season, which marked his biggest workload since Week 8. Green will aim for a productive performance Saturday against a Colts defense that has allowed the third-most total touchdowns (18) to wide receivers this season.

Dec 21, 2021 3:39 PM EST

Tops 100 yards

Green caught 7 of 10 targets for 102 yards in Monday night's 30-23 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Green was excellent making plays along the sideline, particularly on Arizona's touchdown drive to begin the fourth quarter. He not only got open for an impressive 23-yard connection from Kyler Murray on a crucial, third-down scramble drill, but Green shortly after went for 36 yards into the red zone, enabling the Cardinals to score on their next play. Overall, the veteran finished with his most catches and targets this season, leading the team in receiving yards while topping the century mark for the second time this term as well.

Dec 13, 2021 9:07 PM EST

Limited to one catch

Green secured his only target for 14 yards in the Cardinals' 33-22 win over the Bears on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran wideout's sparse production wasn't necessarily an indictment on him, considering Kyler Murray only threw 15 times overall in his return from a three-game absence due to an ankle injury. Green has a pair of one-catch tallies in his last three games, but he and the rest of the pass-catching corps figures to be a lot busier in a critical Week 14 home Monday night clash with the Rams.

Dec 5, 2021 3:44 PM EST

Draws seven targets

Green caught four passes for 78 yards on seven targets against Seattle on Sunday.

Analysis: DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) was out once again, but rather than Green it was Zach Ertz (eight catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns on nine targets) who carried the Arizona passing game Sunday. Green did his part, though, and provided the team's second-highest receiving yardage total while producing efficiently with his targets. It's possible that Green might have done more if Kyler Murray (ankle) had played, but with Colt McCoy at quarterback it might have made Ertz a bit more accessible as a target in the middle of the field. The Cardinals have a bye in Week 12, but Green should stay regularly involved as Arizona's lead right outside receiver against Chicago in Week 13.

Nov 21, 2021 5:32 PM EST

Sparse performance in Week 10

Green gathered in one of five targets for four yards during Sunday's 34-10 defeat to the Panthers.

Analysis: Green caught his first target on the game's second play from scrimmage but otherwise was unable to connect with either Colt McCoy (pec) or Chris Streveler. After being sidelined Week 9 due to a bout with COVID-19, Green was working without Kyler Murray for the first time on the campaign due to the latter's sprained ankle. Green also earned a season-low 68 percent share of snaps, even with DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) sidelined as well. No matter the composition of the passing game this coming Sunday at Seattle, Green will look to get back on track against a Seahawks defense that has conceded 119 catches to wide receivers this season (13th most in the NFL).

Nov 16, 2021 11:22 AM EST

Cleared to play

Green (illness) has no injury designation for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Green was placed on the injury report with an illness even after coming back from the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he could have a big role Sunday with both DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) and Rondale Moore (concussion) listed as questionable. Of course, QB Kyler Murray (ankle) is also uncertain, potentially leaving Colt McCoy as the starter again. Green was out last week when McCoy and RB James Conner led the Cardinals to a 31-17 win over San Francisco. He'll be out there Sunday against the Panthers, facing coverage from talented veteran cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Donte Jackson.

Nov 12, 2021 12:36 PM EST

Limited in return to practice

Green (illness) was limited at Thursday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: The Cardinals activated Green from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, paving the way for the wide receiver to miss just one game after testing positive for the virus last Wednesday. Having a cap on his reps in his return to practice seems to be standard operating procedure for the Cards, as tight end Demetrius Harris had the same limitations Wednesday after coming off the COVID list. Green will look to bump up to full Friday and enter the weekend without a designation for Sunday's game against the Panthers. If he does so, he could be Arizona's de facto No. 1 wide receiver with DeAndre Hopkins not yet practicing due to a hamstring injury.

Nov 11, 2021 1:09 PM EST

Returns from COVID-19 list

Arizona reinstated Green (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Assuming Green isn't too far behind from a conditioning standpoint following an eight-day stint on the list, he should be ready to handle a full workload in Sunday's game against the Panthers. Arizona could be looking to Green to serve as their No. 1 wideout this weekend, as DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday and is far from a lock to return from a one-game absence.

Nov 11, 2021 8:30 AM EST

Expected back soon

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that he hopes to have Green (illness) back at practice within the next few days, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Green missed the Week 9 win over San Francisco after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he apparently has a shot to make it back for Sunday's Week 10 matchup with the Panthers. Meanwhile, QB Kyler Murray (ankle) and WR DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) remain day-to-day after missing Week 9 as well.

Nov 10, 2021 9:24 AM EST

Won't play Week 9

Green (illness) won't be available to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Considering Green tested positive for the virus Wednesday, he faced an uphill battle to clear all health and safety protocols ahead of Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. In addition to Green, tight end Demetrius Harris will also remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the Week 9 matchup, and the Cardinals will be missing three coaches for similar reasons. Arizona could be without two of its three starting receivers Sunday, as No. 1 option DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) didn't practice all week and is being treated as a game-day decision.

Nov 5, 2021 3:20 PM EST

Positive test for COVID-19

Green was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday due to a positive test of the virus, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Green's vaccination status is unknown, but his availability for Week 9 at San Francisco now is in question. If he's forced to sit out Sunday's game, the Cardinals will be down a starting wide receiver, leaving them with DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) Christian Kirk, Rondale Moore, Antoine Wesley and Andy Isabella at the position.

Nov 3, 2021 3:05 PM EST

Hits COVID-19 list

The Cardinals placed Green (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Green was among a number of high-profile players to go on the reserve list Wednesday, and it's unclear if he tested positive or merely was a close contact. In any case, his availability for Sunday's game at San Francisco suddenly is cloudy. With DeAndre Hopkins dealing with a lingering hamstring issue, Christian Kirk, Rondale Moore, Antoine Wesley and Andy Isabella are the Cardinals' healthy and available wide receivers.

Nov 3, 2021 2:00 PM EST

Involved in game-ending play

Green secured five of eight targets for 50 yards in the Cardinals' 24-21 loss to the Packers on Thursday night. He was also the intended receiver on Kyler Murray's game-ending interception with 12 seconds remaining.

Analysis: Green went from hero to goat in a matter of a handful of plays on the Cardinals' final drive. His clutch 23-yard grab on third down and Arizona backed up to its own goal line with 2:46 remaining kickstarted a drive that almost resulted in at least a game-tying field goal for the home squad. However, Green's failure to look for a Murray pass on a 2nd-and-goal play resulted in a Rasul Douglas interception that clinched the upset win for Green Bay. Green has five receptions in two of the last three contests, and he'll look to atone for his gaffe in a Week 9 road divisional battle against the 49ers a week from Sunday.

Oct 28, 2021 9:44 PM EST

Garners three targets Sunday

Green gathered in all three targets for 66 yards during Sunday's 31-5 win against the Texans.

Analysis: All of Green's catches went for at least 10 yards, with the bulk of his production coming on a pretty 41-yard connection with Kyler Murray late in the second quarter to help set up the Cardinals' second touchdown of the contest. The three targets were Green's second fewest in a game this season, as he's received exactly six in five of seven outings. And his 35 targets overall now ranks third on the team behind DeAndre Hopkins' 47 and Christian Kirk's 36, and Arizona only began to integrate newcomer Zach Ertz (five targets) into the mix Sunday. With another mouth to feed in this offense, Green's hits may be more sparse as the season goes on.

Oct 24, 2021 7:54 PM EST

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