Green hauled in four of five targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-13 preseason win over Buffalo.
Green and quarterback Andy Dalton displayed their usual rapport, as the veteran receiver consistently got himself open and scored from 14 yards out. The seven-time Pro Bowler is unlikely to play in Week 4 of preseason, so the next time we see Green should be in the Sept. 9 season opener at Indianapolis.
Green caught two passes for 48 yards in the first quarter of Thursday night's preseason game before sitting out the remainder. Afterward he expressed how pleased he was with the Bengals' offense under coordinator Bill Lazor, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Of particular note was his first reception, where he was lined up in the slot - that sort of creativity wasn't always present last year. "It felt good. Bill is a very smart guy," Green said. "He puts us in the best situations. Last year, he really didn't have his hand stamped on his offense, but having an offseason under his belt really helped. The communication with all the receivers, all the players, he asks us what we need to work on and what we like and what we want to run. He's a great players' coach and I feel like tonight really showed how complete our offense can be."
Green said he is comfortable with his current contract, a four-year, $60 million extension that runs through 2019, Paul Dehner and Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Green's contract set a positional record for average annual value when he signed it in 2015, but he's since been passed by five other wide receivers. Following an injury-plagued 2016 campaign and a 2017 season that was disappointing by his own lofty standards, Green surely realizes he's not in the best place to ask for a new deal. He'll likely sing a different tune next offseason if he bounces back with a huge 2018 in what figures to be an improved Cincinnati offense. The team improved its miserable offensive line with the additions of LT Cordy Glenn and C Billy Price, and there's also hope John Ross can distract opposing safeties from Green, who will celebrate his 30th birthday at the beginning of training camp.
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.
|3||9/23/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
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|14||12/9/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
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