Green (knee) played in the Quavo celebrity flag football game April 1, Justin Felder of FOX5 Sports Atlanta reports. Green's participation suggests he made a full recovery from the minor knee injury that allowed him to skip the Pro Bowl in January. He wasn't even listed on the Bengals' injury report in December, and likely just used a sore knee as an excuse to miss the NFL's all-star game, after being named to the roster for a seventh time in as many professional seasons. Green finished 2017 with career-worst marks for yards per target (7.5), catch rate (52.4 percent) and yards per game (67.4), struggling to make a consistent impact in a Bengals offense that was sabotaged by one of the worst lines in the league. The team began to address the weakness when it traded for left tackle Cordy Glenn in March, and Andy Dalton is optimistic that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is making positive changes to the playbook. Green is well positioned to get back on the right side of 8.0 yards per target, with his lofty volume essentially a given. He'll turn 30 in July and still hasn't shown any signs of losing his speed or ability to separate.
Green will skip the Pro Bowl, as he tends to a minor knee injury, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Green's knee issue is something that is expected to be resolved by rest, with the report indicating that the wideout's availability for the Bengals' spring workouts shouldn't be impacted. He logged 75 catches (on 145 targets) for 1,078 yards and eight TDs this past season, decent but not spectacular numbers for the 2011 first-rounder, who turns 30 at the end of July. Looking ahead, Green remains entrenched as his team's top pass-catching weapon, but a 7-9 record this past season presumably foreshadows a fair degree of offseason personnel changes for Cincinnati. Specifically, look for a retooling of the team's offensive line, and a changing of the guard at tight end could be on tap with Tyler Eifert set to become an unrestricted free agent. Moreover, John Ross, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, played just 17 snaps as a rookie, and if the young wideout can stay healthy enough to capitalize on his blinding speed, Green could be flanked by a legitimate big-play threat in 2018.
Green caught six of 10 passes for 81 yards during Sunday's 26-17 win over the Lions. Despite a one-on-one matchup with Lions cornerback Darius Slay, Green still led the team in targets, catches and yardage en route to his best output since Week 10. Green's long gain went for just 18 yards, but consistent contributions on routes of short and medium depth still helped him to a productive day. Green hasn't reached the end zone in three straight games, but he eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season in this one and will look to finish strong next week against the Ravens.
Green caught two of four targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 34-7 loss to Minnesota. Green was a non-factor as quarterback Andy Dalton came up short of 150 passing yards for the second consecutive week. This was only the star receiver's fourth game with fewer than 50 yards despite Dalton's struggles, so Green's likely to bounce back next week against the Lions. He'll need 20 receiving yards in that game to top 1,000 for the sixth time in seven NFL seasons.
Green caught five of 12 targets for 64 yards and a lost fumble in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Bears. Green made his first two receptions on what would be the Bengals' lone scoring drive of the day, after failing to connect with Andy Dalton on any of their first three attempts. The 29-year-old caught two passes of 18 or more yards on the first drive of the fourth quarter, but fumbled the second away and wasn't able to reel more targets in after that. Things probably won't get any easier in Week 15 when he'll likely be shadowed by the Vikings' Xavier Rhodes.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|8||10/28||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||23.75|
|10||11/11||New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|14||12/09||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
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|3 Year Avg||125||76||1113||7||53||14.64||151|