SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30: A. J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates his touchdown catch in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks on October 30, 2011 at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
When you look at that title what do you think? To me, if I were to compare Bengals rookie wide receiver A.J. Green to Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, I would say that Green is a far better player in pretty much every aspect of the game. Green has 599 yards receiving and five touchdowns so far this season. Ochocinco has 136 yards and no touchdowns and, in an offense that passes as much as the Patriots' offense does, he doesn't get many balls thrown his way. If you asked me to predict whether or not Ochocinco will ever be a productive receiver in the NFL again, my guess would be no.
But what if you compare Green to Ochocinco back when Ochocinco was Johnson? Who would be better then?
Isaac Curtis, a former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver from 1973 to 1984, still holds the rookie reception record for the Bengals at 45 catches. That's a record that A.J. Green, who has 40 right now, may even beat on Sunday and shatter by the time the season is over. Cutis weighed in on who is better, Green or Ochocinco/Johnson.
"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 Bengals.com.
"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."
Some may say that this is like comparing Andy Dalton to Carson Palmer and that it just can't be done yet because Green has only played in eight games. I mean, Chad Ochocinco is the franchise's all-time leading receiver with 10,873 yards and 66 touchdowns on 751 catches. Green hasn't come close to that and while you'd think that, based on the way he's played through the first eight games of his career, that he'll beat that record, we'll never know. A lot of things can happen between now and 10 years from now.
What do you think?
Is it safe to say at this point that A.J. Green is better than Chad Ochocinco ever was?
Yes! (219 votes)
No! (23 votes)
Not right now, but maybe one day. (233 votes)
475 total votes