For the first time in his NFL career, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green will be playing for a coach other than Marvin Lewis, meaning that he will be playing in an entirely new system.
Green says that training camp will be crucial for him to learn Zac Taylor’s offense is going into 2019.
“We have a couple different routes I haven’t run before so training camp is going to be big for me just to get out there, everything is live with the defense going, so it will be good,” Green said, according to Laurel Pfhaler of ESPN.com.
Green is coming off of surgery to repair a toe injury that limited him to just nine games this past season, so Taylor doesn’t want to push the star wideout too hard this summer:
“I know what to expect from A.J., so it (is) good just to see him catch balls from the quarterbacks,” Taylor said. “But we’re not going to give him too much work.”
Now entering his ninth season, all with the Bengals, Green has pretty much seen it all, and he says that Taylor essentially knows everything he is capable of.
“I’ve been doing this a long time, so Zac pretty much knows what I can do,” Green said. “That’s great not to rush me back. I would love to be out there (doing everything), but I respect the decision. It felt good just to get out there.”
The 30-year-old made the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven seasons before missing out on the event for the first time in 2018. In nine games this past year, he hauled in 46 receptions for 694 yards and six touchdowns.
Cincinnati won just six games this past season.
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