It's no secret that veteran wideout A.J. Green was one of the top pass-catchers in the league during most of his time with the Cincinnati Bengals. Unfortunately, injuries caused him to miss most of the 2018 NFL season and all of 2019.
By the time Green came back full-time in 2020, he looked like a shell of his former self.
Fast forward to 2021 and Green has looked rejuvenated as a member of the Arizona Cardinals. The 10th-year wideout took a subtle shot at his former team and doubters on Thursday, saying that he "never left" and that he's "just getting great opportunities" in Arizona.
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Green recorded six 1,000-yard campaigns in his first seven seasons with the Bengals, missing out on the mark by 36 yards in 2016 where he played just 10 games.
However, he tallied just 1,217 receiving yards in 25 games between 2018 and 2020, so it isn't too surprising that people questioned if he still had "it."
The good news is that the Cardinals' explosive offense has helped Green rebound. When it comes to Arizona, he ranks first in receiving yards (248), second in targets (24) and is tied for fifth in receptions (15). His two receiving touchdowns are also tied for second-best on the team.
The veteran pass-catcher credits third-year quarterback Kyler Murray with him having a better opportunity to succeed this year. Even with several credible pass-catchers on the roster, Murray has still managed to keep everyone involved.
"Kyler’s just spreading the ball around, getting it to Maxx [Williams] and Chase [Edmonds], our offensive line, everybody is just playing well. We’ve just got to keep this thing going. The sky’s the limit for us."- A.J. Green
Green and the Cardinals will have a chance to continue their success when they take on the San Francisco 49ers in a divisional battle this Sunday. Arizona is currently listed as the 4.5-point favorite ahead of the Week 5 meeting, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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