AJ Green has been preparing for the season with a massive chip on his shoulder
Several foot injuries have derailed Cincinnati Bengals receiver AJ Green in recent years. With the rapid developments of the other big-name wideouts in the league, Green wants to remind everyone that he is still here. The seven-time Pro Bowler is entering the upcoming season with a fresh mindset along with a chip on his shoulder.
Curtis Winters, a 61-year-old former bodybuilder said he has worked with Green off and on since he entered the league in 2011.
“Even though I don’t think he has anything to prove, I think he wanted to prove to everybody he is the person they thought he was originally,” Winters said.
“He doesn’t need to verbalize it,” said Hesam, who also worked with the Falcons’ Calvin Ridley and the Chiefs’ Mecole Hardman this offseason. “You can just tell. He is very competitive. You can tell he has a chip on his shoulder.”
“I’m tired of seeing everything — ‘A.J. should be a top-10 if he would’ve played,'” AJ Green said. “All right, let’s get the season started and we can get this thing settled.”
When healthy, the former Georgia Bulldog remains to be one of the most dangerous pass-catchers in the league. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Bengals talent ranked fourth in the NFL in receiving yards from his rookie year in 2011 to the end of the 2018 season.
However, it wasn’t the case as Green has also missed 23 of Cincinnati’s last 24 games. His injury history turned out to be a major concern for the team’s front office. They eventually declined to give him a long-term deal this offseason and opted for a one-year franchise tag worth $18.2 million instead.
The arrival of top prospect Joe Burrow should help the 32-year old players’ bounce-back season easier to achieve. Aside from worrying about his own numbers, Green will also be tasked to carry the offensive load of a Bengals side that went 2-14 last season. The upcoming season will see if Green will be able to pick up where he left off and ultimately bring his team back to relevance.