There is no doubt that AJ Green had an awesome rookie season.
Typically rookie WR's don't do much their first year, and even the elite ones take a year or two until they fully emerge.
Comparing AJ Green to other great current WR's in their rookie seasons, and comparing him to other recent high draft pick WR's, AJ was arguably was the best of them all:
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yellow is best, green is 2nd best
He was the only WR of that whole group to top 1,000 in his rookie season. He was 2nd overall in TD's and receptions.
... as great at AJ was, he faded down the stretch.
7 TD's in his first 11 games
0 TD's in his final 5 games
5.0 rec per game in his first 8 games
3.8 rec per game in his last 8 games
75 ypg in his first 8 games
63 ypg in his last 8 games
Caught 62% of targets (61 of 98) through the first 13 games, but that shrank to 31% (9 of 29) over his last 3 games.
Also, his 2 lowest yardage games were in week 15 and week 16.