What more could you expect? Despite not having an offseason, Green stepped into the Bengals starting lineup and with a rookie quarterback, put together a Pro Bowl quality season with 65 receptions for 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games. His first year numbers topped those put up by Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald as Green became the first rookie wide receiver to make the Pro Bowl since Anquan Boldin in 2003. More is expected of Green in 2012 and it will qualify as a major surprise if he does not deliver. Andy Dalton struggled at quarterback over the Bengals final five games but both he and Green will benefit from having their rookie seasons under their belts as well as their first full offseason to work together. Look for the pair to improve on their 56.5% completion percentage and for Green to continue his ascension on his way to becoming one of the league’s elite receivers. He has the size, speed, leaping and athletic ability to be mentioned alongside Johnson and Fitzgerald as one of the league’s top wide receivers and that should happen no later than the 2013 season. In fact, it won’t be a surprise if he is at that level by the end of this season.
Tyler Eifert to have ankle surgery-- Tue May 24 1:51 pm --
Could miss three months
When Tyler Eifert left the Pro Bowl in a walking boot following an injury to his left ankle the initial diagnosis and estimates for his recover were promising. The Enquirer has learned from multiple league sources that the 25-year-old tight end will undergo what was deemed a "minimal procedure" on that ankle soon. A three month recovery is anticipated.(Cincinnati Enquirer)
FF Today's Take:This procedure puts Eifert's Week 1 status in doubt. The Bengals have lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency and are now struggling to field viable weapons for Andy Dalton. A.J. Green and Eifert are expected to be the top two options in the passing game. Assuming Eifert can return by Week 1 he'll come at a nice discount in redraft leagues.
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