Reason Two: Teammate A.J. Green Caught 1,000 yards As 2011 Rookie
When the Cincinnati Bengals selected John Ross III with the ninth pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, they did so knowing that he would be paired with Bengals veteran wide receiver A.J. Green. Now that is more purposeful than just pairing two great wide receivers.
A.J. Green is one of just a handful of rookies who caught over 1,000 yards since 2000. Since the date of that article, Oakland’s Amari Cooper has added his name to the list since that article was published.
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A Rare Feat
But the 1,000 yard mark is rare. Just ask A.J. Green. Now, he can mentor the young rookie Ross as the season progresses. While many receivers need plenty of pass receptions to challenge the record, Ross’ speed will give him a distinct advantage. He will stretch the field vertically. Therefore, his receptions will project closer to 20 yards per rather than 10 yards per. That means the difference of 50 receptions versus 100 receptions.
The Bengals need a boost to the offense. The 2016 stats showed the team running at mid point against NFL passing, rushing, and total offenses. With Ross aboard, his production will not only deliver directly to the team’s offense, but he will pressure opposing defenses. That should give his teammates more opportunities as well.