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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