Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow knew after a humiliating loss to the Ravens that the team needed to get superstar receiver A.J. Green more involved in the team’s stalling offensive.
After having 13 targets in Week 2, Green had 12 targets in Weeks 3-5 combined and just one in a 27-3 blowout loss to Baltimore. He was clearly frustrated with how his season was going, as hadn’t gone over 51 yards in a game entering the team’s Week 6 matchup with the Colts.
“A.J. is a great player and I’m going to continue to try to get him the ball and we need to get him going,” Burrow said following their Week 5 loss, according to the Bengals’ website.
While Green didn’t lead the team in receiving yards, he did get going in Week 6. He ended the game with 11 targets and eight receptions. Both were game highs as he finished the nail-biting loose to Indianapolis with 96 yards. Those were Green’s most receiving yards since Week 7 of the 2018 season.
The eight catches were actually the most Green has had in a game since an overtime loss to the Packers in Week 3 of the 2017 season. It was also just the second time he’s caught that many passes in his last 33 games.
While he did make a crucial drop on a long ball from Burrow, Green made up for it in a big way as he snagged a ball for 10 yards on 4th and 9 with about 90 seconds left to keep the Bengals’ drive going.
CLUTCH.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 18, 2020
4th down completion from Joe Burrow to A.J. Green with 1:48 remaining. pic.twitter.com/00bikhUiT7
The drive ended in a game-sealing interception, but Green made the play they needed him to. He made several of them throughout the day as he averaged 12.0 yards per completion, the second-highest on the team.
Bengals WR A.J. Green said he felt good, the best his body felt and is getting his confidence back. Said he left some plays on the field, including the deep ball down the sideline. Said he should have went up and got it.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 18, 2020
Rookie Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd have both emerged as favorite targets for Burrow, but there are enough attempts for all three to get an ample amount of looks, and that’s exactly what happened in their Week 6 loss.
Let’s hope they continue to feed Green as the team will enter their Week 7 matchup with Cleveland at 1-4-1. And if you’re in need of a wide receiver for your fantasy football team, Green could be a sneaky pickup this week after he was cut in most leagues he was still rostered in following the Baltimore debacle.
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