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A.J. Green already the top WR in Bengals history?

Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:16 am
Edited on: November 10, 2011 10:29 am
A. Green is already being considered one of the top Cincinnati receivers of all time (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eight games into his career, Cincinnati’s A.J. Green has 40 catches for 599 yards and five touchdowns. All are the best numbers for a rookie receiver this year in the NFL (he’s also 12th among all NFL receivers), and he’s closing in on the Bengals rookie receptions record of 45 held by Isaac Curtis.

And already, there’s talk about whether Green will be the best receiver ever in the organization. Even Curtis, considered by many to be the top guy in Bengals history (and not necessarily Chad Ochocinco), gives his seal of approval to the job Green has done so far.

“He’s as talented as anyone in the league right now. He’s got unlimited talent. He’s fun to watch and he’s certainly as talented as anyone that’s come through here,” Curtis told

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Well, what about Chad Ochocinco? After all, Ochocinco is the organizational leader with 751 catches and 10,783 yards. But as Butch Hobson points out, Curtis is a better choice for the title of “best ever Bengals receiver,” because his 416 catches for 7,101 yards occurred during an era (his career lasted from 1973-84) where the passing game wasn’t exploding and where quarterbacks didn’t regularly throw for 300 yards a game.

But how does Green compare to Ochocinco in his prime? Curtis, who still lives in Cincinnati, would know.

“Chad was a tremendous player here; he had some great seasons,” Curtis said. “But this kid might be a cut above. And I mean a cut above a lot of people. I really like him. I like his demeanor. He seems to be very pleasant, and he’s just going to mature and get better and better.”

Eight games into Green’s career, the fact the Bengals top receiver will say that is interesting. But let’s not forget what Seahawks rookie cornerback Richard Sherman earlier this month: "I would say he's probably one of the most overrated receivers out there. He wasn't anything special. (Andy) Dalton was a good quarterback. He makes good decisions, but A.J. Green is just a lot of noise talking and bad routes.”

So, it's not unanimous after all. And with players like Curtis, Ochocinco, Carl Pickens and Cris Collinsworth in the Bengals record book, Green is still a long way from fulfilling such a lofty position.

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Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:21 pm

A.J. Green already the top WR in Bengals history?

     Articles like these always make me laugh.  The guy has played all of 8 games and he is already being compared to the Bengals' all-time greats.  Green seems like a good receiver, how about giving him a few years and then see how he looks vs. Curtis, Collinsworth, Pickens, and Ochocinco?

Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:06 pm
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Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:50 am

A.J. Green already the top WR in Bengals history?

Carl Pickens, anyone? He was a touchdown machine for a few years in the mid-ninties.  He made Jeff Blake look like a viable quarterback.

Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:31 am

A.J. Green already the top WR in Bengals history?

Serious with the headline? Really? The media needs to take a chill pill with everything !

Since: Jul 4, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:46 am

A.J. Green already the top WR in Bengals history?

Richard Sherman? Seriously? Green had like a 50 yard TD bomb in that game, so he has no place to talk trash. While I think hes a good reciever its way early to talk about the best in franchise history (he has only played 8 games). Especially, as the article stated, when he is playing in todays pass happy NFL. 10-15 years from now his stats may not look all that impressive.

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