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Lewis: A.J. Green 'an upgrade' over Ochocinco, TO

Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:09 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

A.J. Green is, without question, a very talented football player. But is he going to make an immediate impact? And is he an upgrade over Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens already?

According to Marvin Lewis, yes, yes he is.

"He showed his physical prowess out there today," Lewis said, per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. "He's an upgrade … we're improved athletically."

That's a pretty bold statement because, for all of their shenanigans, Ocho and Owens are pretty talented receivers.

And it probably needs to be taken with a grain of salt since it's coming from one of the guys who helped make the decision not to retain the pair.

But it also warrants mentioning that Hobson, who covers the Bengals for thet team, was pretty impressed as well.

"[Lewis] is like everyone else down here at camp raving about No. 1 pick A.J. Green," Hobson writes. "He catches everything, no one's covered him, and when he is, he jumps up and takes it away."

And, just to had fuel to the fire is safety Chris Crocker, who was the victim on one of Green's catches, when, according to Hobson, Green "launched himself over [Crocker] to make one of those "wow" catches where you can hear him snap the ball like some amphibian at the top of his jump."

"He's in the upper echelon right now, I'd say," said Crocker.

So, yeah, lots of bold praise for the rookie early in camp. There's a good chance he lives up to said praise. And, without question, he has the talent to become a great wide receiver. The only issue is that -- for now -- he's going to be catching balls from either Andy Dalton or Bruce Gradkowski.

Even Ocho and Owens didn't have to overcome that last year.

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Comments

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:16 am
 

Lewis: A.J. Green 'an upgrade' over Ochocinco, TO

I love these kinds of comparisons...first Chad Ochocinco has been in the league for quite a few years and has some good stats. He's getting older, but may really make an impact with the Patriots this year. Meanwhile, what did you expect Bengals Coac Marvin Lewis to say about number 1 pick A.J. Green? Yeah, um, he's not as good as we hoped and Chad was better. Yeah, right, I don't think so!!!

Second, Green hasn't caught a single pass in the regular season. If Carson Palmer doesn't suit up to play for the Bengals, how good do you think Green will be? He could be Jerry Rice reincarnated, but without a QB, he's just another WR and he will struggle.



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:42 am
 

Lewis: A.J. Green 'an upgrade' over Ochocinco, TO

This is about the most no-brainer statement since all the lock-out talk.  OhNo is a player on the way down...hoping for a miracle resurgence like Mr. Moss.....sorry....lightning don't strike the same place twice.....even if Brady is throwing the ball.  I ship off 80 and 85 and bring in Green and sleep like a baby....not like there going to win any time soon anyway.



Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 3:37 am
 

Lewis: A.J. Green 'an upgrade' over Ochocinco, TO

I'm a Bengals fan, Chad will never get in the H.O.F with his current stats.  He better hope for a Randy Moss like resurgence in New England, times 3.  However I do wish him the absolute best, while he obviously let the off-field stuff affect his training and ultimately his on-field production, his early years brough an excitment to Cincinnati that hadn't been seen since the early 90's when the Reds won the World Series.



Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:55 am
 

Lewis: A.J. Green 'an upgrade' over Ochocinco, TO

I always liked Chad Ochocinco, I think he brings a certain flavor to the game, that only adds to the excitement.  Terrell Owens on the other hand has never excited me; I just don't particularly care for him.  A.J. Green has all the promise in the world, he is a tremendous talent, and could be the next big thing, but right now he is not better than Chad Ochocinco.  What a terrible move trading him off for what a fifth round pick.  Great he is doing well in training camp, after the entire NFL was locked out, and all the players apparently forgot to work out, and stay in shape.  Let’s see how well he does when Pittsburgh or Baltimore comes to town, and then we will see how well he has developed as an NFL wide receiver.  It’s ridiculous to suggest that an untested rookie is an upgrade over 2 guys who are most likely going to the Hall of Fame.




Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:54 am
 

Lewis: A.J. Green 'an upgrade' over Ochocinco, TO

I always liked Chad Ochocinco, I think he brings a certain flavor to the game, that only adds to the excitement.  Terrell Owens on the other hand has never excited me; I just don't particularly care for him.  A.J. Green has all the promise in the world, he is a tremendous talent, and could be the next big thing, but right now he is not better than Chad Ochocinco.  What a terrible move trading him off for what a fifth round pick.  Great he is doing well in training camp, after the entire NFL was locked out, and all the players apparently forgot to work out, and stay in shape.  Let’s see how well he does when Pittsburgh or Baltimore comes to town, and then we will see how well he has developed as an NFL wide receiver.  It’s ridiculous to suggest that an untested rookie is an upgrade over 2 guys who are most likely going to the Hall of Fame.




Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Lewis: A.J. Green 'an upgrade' over Ochocinco, TO

2 future HOF or a rookie with no experience? If you ask me that isn't an upgrade. AJ has got to earn respect from me on the field.



Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 7:47 pm
 

Lewis: A.J. Green 'an upgrade' over Ochocinco, TO

The Bengals have a pretty good secondary, considered one of the best in the league the past two seasons. In any case, my grandmother and my pit bull would be an improvement over the two-headed "T Ocho" monster they had last year. Two overrated WRs without the speed to beat anybody deep and both too wimpy to make tough catches across the middle, I find it very easy to agree with Lewis here.




Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Lewis: A.J. Green 'an upgrade' over Ochocinco, TO

leon hall and nate clements



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Lewis: A.J. Green 'an upgrade' over Ochocinco, TO

I like Chad until he started with the on and off field crap that added nothing to the game o football. Making calls on a cell on the sidelines with tails on is not a part of football.  Chad is a very talented wide receiver, I just don’t have that much respect for the antics
Of him and others that display the same “ME” attitude. Look at me, see what I just did.
 
There are some that like these antics, and think it is ok for players to do a 15 minute dance in the end zone while his teammates look on from the sidelines. Others make a habit of shaming and provoking the other team with other antics.

This to me is sorta of childish. The league should ban this type activities of everyone, like a 15 yard Penalty. This is a new faze of football players and would not be tolerated in earlier eras of the game.

How many times did you see Emmett Smith, Jim Brown, Gale Sayers, Floyd Little or Jerry Rice dancing in the end zone? They played the game made a touch down and gave the ball to the officials
    
It’s as if they were the only ones responsible for making the touchdown, the line, quarterback of the ones making fakes had absolutely nothing to do.

   
“ONE MAN’S OPINION”  





Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Lewis: A.J. Green 'an upgrade' over Ochocinco, TO

"He's in the upper echelon right now, I'd say," said Crocker

And we know this b/c he grabbed a few balls against defenders whose primary objective at present is to not pull a hamstring? Seriously? This is just plain delusional.


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