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AJ Green's fade (stats not route)

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:

NAME TARGET REC REC % YD TD
AJ Green 115 65 57% 1057 7
Andre Johnson ? 66 ? 976 4
DeSean Jackson 121 62 51% 912 2
S Holmes 85 49 58% 824 2
H Nicks 74 47 64% 790 6
L Fitzgerald 115 58 50% 780 8
Calvin Johnson 95 48 51% 756 4
Mike Wallace 72 39 54% 756 6
G Jennings 105 45 43% 632 3
M Crabtree 86 48 56% 625 2
Dez Bryant 72 45 63% 561 6
Roddy White 67 29 43% 446 3
Sidney Rice 53 31 58% 396 4
Jordy Nelson 48 33 69% 366 2
B Marshall 37 20 54% 309 2
S Smith, CAR ? 10 ? 154 0
D Heyward-Bey 40 9 23% 124 1

yellow is best, green is 2nd best

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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.

.

But...

... 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

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5.0 rec per game in his first 8 games

3.8 rec per game in his last 8 games

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75 ypg in his first 8 games

63 ypg in his last 8 games

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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.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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