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Bengals news: A.J. Green says ‘need the ball in my hands’ while venting frustration

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The early season struggles by the Cincinnati Bengals have triggered a lot of emotional takes not only from fans but from the teams’ players also. Among them is Bengals star wideout A.J. Green, who went off when asked by Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer about his take on the team’s offense so far in the season.

“We are playing like sh– right now,” Green said, not stopping there. “We got to find a way to get our playmakers the ball. That’s it. It’s a superstar-driven league. You are not going to win without them.”

Green has his own reasons to gripe. Expected to be one of the top receivers again this season, Green only has 141 receiving yards in two games. What’s has been adding significantly to his frustration was the amount of attention he’s getting from Andy Dalton, who’s targeted him just 18 times in two games, via Dehner Jr.

“Being one of the leaders of the offense I feel like – no disrespect to nobody else – that ball should be mine somewhere somehow,” Green said of the team’s final drive. “That’s my mentality. In those situations, I want the ball. As the leader of the offense, you should be like that. I wanted that ball.”

In the Bengals’ 13-9 loss to the Houston Texans on Thursday, Dalton only had 67 receiving yards on five catches. Cincinnati has yet to score a touchdown this season making it harder for the Bengals to cope with their troubles with barely any silver linings to keep them positive.

It’s going to be a very long week for the Bengals, who’ll have to wait until nine more days before they get another crack at the win column. They’ll face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 3.

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