A.J. Green Admits Major Issue From First Season With Cardinals
By Larry Rupp
Wide receiver A.J. Green re-signed with the Arizona Cardinals on a one-year deal in free agency after racking up 848 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2021. The veteran pro didn't ultimately have the season he envisioned and recently admitted that communication with quarterback Kyler Murray was the issue.
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Green explained that it came down to simple things such as how he should run a specific route or what kind of pass he is expecting to be thrown. Communication is a two-way street and Green remains confident that he can grow in his second go around with Murray throwing him the football.
"For me, it's being more in his face, talking together. 'A.J. you need to do this better,' and I'll be like, 'OK, I've got to do this better.' Don't be hesitant when it comes to my play. 'A.J., you need to pick this up.' The second year is going to be big for that."- AJ Green on communication with Murray
Of course, the miscommunication was on full display when Green seemed unprepared for a back-shoulder throw in the end zone in Week 8. The ugly incompletion led to the Cardinals first loss.
This development comes just months after Murray's leadership was questioned as he seeks a new contract with Arizona. In fact, the Pro Bowler has already stated that he is not planning to play at all if still under his rookie contract. That certainly wouldn't allow for any chemistry to be built with Green.
With Christian Kirk leaving for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green is the best candidate to take on an increased role alongside franchise star DeAndre Hopkins. His emergence on the offensive side of the ball would go a long way in helping the Cardinals win their first playoff game since 2015.
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