Jul 28, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) walks back to the huddle during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
Much like Bengals fans waging the debate of first-round guards from the 2012 NFL draft, others may decide turn the ignition for another debate between former first rounders that drafted during the same draft at the same position. The crew on the NFL Network's newest program "NFL AM" debates who will have the biggest jump in 2012 following successful rookie campaigns, specifically arguing between wide receivers A.J. Green and Julio Jones.
Steve Wyche argues for Jones, saying:
"Julio Jones has other people to take the double coverages off of him," Wyche said. "He is going to be singled up at times and one thing about his quarterback, Matt Ryan, he does an exceptional job of finding the matchup advantages. Mike Smith, when we had him on, said he is going to throw the ball a little bit more, they are going to throw it to Julio Jones."
Mark Kriegel argues for Green:
"Jones may be special too, but he is part of an ensemble with Roddy White, A.J. Green is out there by himself, and he, again, has been double-teamed going back through his history in high school and all throughout the SEC, double teams don’t bother him," he said.
Though one could demand a single perspective from opposing views, both make sense with their respective arguments. Wyche is right to a degree. The Bengals wide receiver depth chart is essentially A.J. Green and then everyone else, whereas Jones, at least at this point, will benefit with having threats that will require defensive attention. On the other hand, as Kriegel points out, Green may still thrive being the primary threat regardless.
What are your thoughts?