Green is eyeing Julio Jones' 2016 campaign as a framework for what he expects for himself this season, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. "That's the goal. Win the Super Bowl," Green said. "Look at the year Julio had. He was coming off an1,800-yard season and he had what last year? (1,409). That's because they put all the weapons around him. He still made the same plays he made when he had the 1,800 yards, but when they double-teamed him they had (Sanu) and (Tyler) Gabriel."
Even with a drop-off from his league-leading 12.7 targets in 2015 to 9.0 last season, Jones still topped 100 yards per game by producing a career-best 10.9 yards per target. Meanwhile, although Green posted 9.6 yards per target on an average of 11 per game prior to the Week 11 contest in which he suffered a season-ending hamstring injury, he's expecting a lighter workload and even better efficiency in 2017. It makes sense, given the additions of John Ross and Joe Mixon to an offense that already had Tyler Eifert, Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd, though it's possible Andy Dalton is forced to rely on more short passes due to the offseason departures of O-line stalwarts Andrew Whitworth (Rams) and Kevin Zeitler (Browns). All that being said, Green's health is more important than anything else, as he's still one of the league's premier talents and always will be first in line for targets in Cincinnati. On that front, he rebounded from his torn hamstring to enjoy a healthy offseason program, saying afterward that he feels the best he has in years.
Prior to tearing his right hamstring in Week 11, Green was on pace for the sixth 1,000-yard season in as many years to start his career. Nevertheless, in what amounted to nine full games plus two snaps in the 10th, he finished with 964 yards on a career-best 66 percent catch rate, a metric that he's boosted in four consecutive campaigns. With the offseason program set to kick off in mid-April, he'll again aim to uphold the high standard established as he prepares for his age-29 season.
Green's torn hamstring kept him out of the final six games of this season and will prevent him from participating in this month's Pro Bowl. However, with plenty of time before the team reconvenes for voluntary workouts, Green should be healthy once the Bengals begin their preparations for the 2017 campaign. A full return this spring would ensure that Green -- who totaled 66 catches for 964 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games -- remains an elite option at his position ahead of next season.
Green will opt to skip out on the Pro Bowl in order to continue nursing a hamstring sprain he suffered in Week 11. One of the league's top talents, Green registered 66 catches for 964 yards and four TDs in 10 games this season. His focus now shifts toward making a full recovery in the hopes of being ready for team activities this offseason.
Green had already been ruled out for Week 17's season finale against the Ravens, so the
|P3||8/27/17||@ WAS||4:30 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ IND||7:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/22/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
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