CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 2: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes the catch against Leondis McKelvin #21 of the Buffalo Bills during their game on October 2, 2011 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Bills 23-20. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
During a Mike Sando posting that details head coach Jim Harbaugh's praise on 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, the ESPN NFC West blogger provides a chart of the best hands in the NFL. According to the chart there were 39 players that were targeted 100 times or more and of those players, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green dropped a pass per every 21.7 receptions, tied for 16th in the NFL.
Green finished the 2011 season on the original Pro Bowl roster (not as an alternate), generating 65 receptions for 1,057 yards receiving and seven touchdowns (in seven games). He surpassed the 100-yard receiving mark four times and his career-game to date was a 10-reception effort for 124 yards receiving in a 22-24 loss to the Denver Broncos in week two.
Now the whole issue of "targets" is always suspect. Just because a player is a target, doesn't necessarily mean that the pass is catchable. Despite a pass being thrown five yards out of bounds, Green could still be considered the target on a pass that was impossible to catch. Same applies to overthrows on the deep pass, in the middle of triple coverage, under throws that leads to an interception.
So take for it what you will. That A.J. Green is a dominating force in the pass game and critical component in Cincinnati's passing offfense. As if you totally didn't know that before.