The Cincinnati Bengals have already had a strong showing on the NFL Top 100 Players show, and that continued this week.
With the show down to its final 20 names, the latest and likely final Bengal to make the list was wide receiver A.J. Green, who came in this year ranked No. 16.
"I practice against him every day. I go to every side he goes to in practice, and I know that, with his hands, he's the best in the league," said Bengals cornerback Adam Jones. "There's nobody that's quicker with his hands than A.J., and he's the best in the league as far as tapping his feet inbounds. He put on a clinic in the Denver game. The Denver games was unbelievable."
If you remember back to the Denver game in December when Green was dragging his feeting from sideline to sideline making unbelievable catch, after unbelievable catch, you know what Jones is talking about. If you don't remember, here's a look at two of those impressive catches.
The highlight video featuring Green's selection on the show mentions that nearly every player mentioned Green's insane touchdown play against the Ravens in Week 3 of last year.
"He gets the ball, spins around, throws somebody off, somebody flips over him, I'm like, 'What the hell,'" Texans cornerback Charles James said of Green's play against the Ravens. "That's what makes him one of the best in the game. Because, everybody in the world knew he was getting the ball and he still made that play. Killer."
Ever since Green came to the NFL, he's gained respect from his peers and the sixth-year receiver is once again listed in the ranking created by NFL players. That's an honor Green has earned all five years since his rookie season. He's been ranked as high as No. 9 (2014), and as low as No. 77 (2011) following his rookie season.
"He's got everything you want in a wide receiver, and he's 6-4, so he'll go over the top, just throw it up and get he'll go get it," said Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams.
While Green ranks No. 16 on this list, he's on pace to finish No. 1 among every receiver who's played for the Bengals. He currently ranks No. 6 in catches (415), No. 5 in yards (6,171) and is No. 4 in touchdowns (45 ) in franchise history. Every other Bengals receiver ahead of him on the list spent at least eight seasons with the team, and we should expect Green to have most, if not all of those records broken by his eighth season.
This past year, Green hauled in 86 passes for 1,297 yards (15.1 yards per catch) and 10 touchdowns, marking the fifth straight season in which Green topped the 1,000-yard mark. For his efforts, Green earned a spot in the Pro Bowl, his fifth such selection as he's made it every year in the NFL.
Green joins teammates Carlos Dunlap, Andrew Whitworth, Tyler Eifert, Geno Atkins and Andy Dalton as Bengals who've all been named to the list. Former Bengal and current Raiders safety Reggie Nelson also made the list, marking seven players from the 2015 team on the Top 100 Players of 2016 ranking.
With only 10 spots left on the show after this week, it's unlikely we'll see another Bengal make the list. Offensive guard Kevin Zeitler and cornerback Adam Jones were certainly two guys worthy of making it, but much earlier than the top 10. By process of elimination the top 10 next week should consist of Luke Kuechly, J.J. Watt, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Rob Gronkowski and Adrian Peterson. The order of those players is up for debate, but it's near certain they will comprise the top 10 on the list.
Regardless, this is a well-deserved honor for Green and the rest of the Bengals who made this year's ranking.