After suffering a knee injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers, it was extremely doubtful that A.J. Green's rehabilitation would be quick enough to return the following week against the Baltimore Ravens.
With his absence, quarterback Andy Dalton would need that "throw it deep because I'm deep within insane amounts of trouble" receiver streaking past the secondary with a fighting chance to haul in the reception.
Our keys previewing Cincinnati's game against the Ravens, we simply said that Jerome Simpson needs to finally step up as the team's biggest offensive threat.
Not only did he win our Game Ball of the Week for posting a career-high 152 yards receiving on eight receptions, he was one of eight nominations the NFL considered for AFC Offensive Player of the Week. So what happened?
According to Bengals wide receivers coach James Urban, Simpson has been working hard to to develop a greater effort fighter for deep passes.
"We saw some things we wanted to get changed and he addressed those," receivers coach James Urban said. "I’m proud of him."
Along with posting two receptions of over 40 yards against the Ravens, Simpson contributed on three of Cincinnati's five biggest plays last Sunday.
Barring any setbacks against during the remainder of this week's practices, Green should return to the starting lineup this weekend against the Cleveland Browns.