The Bengals wrap up OTAs this week with mandatory minicamp.
Most, if not all of the roster will be there, including injured players who will be rehabbing and/or watching from the sideline. That includes A.J. Green, who will end up doing more work than expected.
According to Geoff Hobson, Green is planning to do individual drills with the wide receivers and quarterbacks. It’s always great for receivers to get in offseason work with their quarterbacks, as Green looks to work with Andy Dalton to learn Zac Taylor’s new system.
Green also gave an update on his recovery from his season-ending toe injury in 2018.
“I’ve run routes with Nick and I’ve caught some balls with the quarterbacks after a couple of practices,” Green said Monday. “I’ve been doing the same thing, it’s just good to get back on the field with everyone and get off the rehab field.”
“Everybody says it should be back to normal and it feels good. No setbacks. Nothing. No soreness after I run. It just feels good.”
While Green obviously won’t rush back just to take part in minicamp, it could benefit him in more ways than one. The most obvious is getting more acclimated to Zac Taylor’s new style of coaching.
In addition, taking part in these practices, even if it’s just individual drills, will give the Bengals a better feel for where Green is out in his recovery from toe surgery. After all, the team is looking to sign him to a big contract extension this summer, so knowing how good he is right now can certainly help that move along more smoothly.
Geen has previously said he plans to be fully healthy when Day 1 of training camp opens.