Thursday, October 13, 2011

A.J. Green: Rookie Pro-Bowler?

After finishing his three year career at UGA with 160 receptions for 2,562 yards and 23 touchdowns, A.J. Green took his considerable talents to the National Football League (God, I hate it when ESPN analyst say that). Green was taken with the 4th overall pick in this years NFL draft by the beleaguered Cincinnati Bengals.

The addition of Green, however, wasn't enough to persuade veteran Bengal quarterback Carson Palmer to return for the 2011 season. As a result, Cincy was forced to select TCU's Andy Dalton and make him a first year starter. Despite the rookie signal caller under center, A.J. is flourishing and has a chance to put up some really impressive numbers in his first season.

Through 5 games Green has posted a respectable 24 catches for 402 yards and 3 touchdowns, which puts him on pace for a remarkable rookie season. If Green continues to perform at his current clip he is on pace to catch 77 balls for 1,286 yards and 10 touchdowns.

A.J. doing his thing against the Bills

Those numbers are very comparable to what Steelers wideout Mike Wallace accomplished last season while making the Pro Bowl. Wallace caught 60 passes for 1,257 yards and 10 touchdowns. Hopefully Green can stay on track and step into the realm of the elite receivers in just his first season and be named to the Pro Bowl roster.

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