What was A.J. Green doing during this interception?
For a game on Sunday, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green looked like he was a lost seer instead of a soccer player.
As the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens came to an end, quarterback Joe Burrow threw a pass that was meant for Green. The ball sailed over Green's head and straight into the hands of Raven's cornerback Marcus Peters.
Green (number 18) wasn't following him closely.
What exactly was he doing? Was he bored? Did he take a nap? Have you thought about leaving his oven on? Granted, the ball Burrow threw was way over his head, but he didn't even have his hands up - he was literally just watching the ball sail over his head and into Peter's hands. After Peters made the choice, Green ran next to Peters and then actually ran away from him instead of trying to tackle.
That's not exactly what the Bengals Green are paying for. At first glance, it looks like a player who tried so hard to get back on the field is going to make surprisingly little effort. However, there could be something behind it.
Bengal's Broad Receiver A.J. Green criticizes that he went completely out of control during an important game. (Photo by Kyle Ross / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Green has spent most of the past few years dealing with various injuries that have kept him off the field and he might be worried about suffering another. He played nine games in 2018 after injuring and re-injuring his knee. Then in 2019 he stopped taking part in the field at all after tearing ligaments in his ankle during training camp.
With this injury history, it's no wonder Green looked like he was diligently avoiding contact. But there's a fine line between avoiding contact and not trying, and Green is dancing about it all over the place.
Green left the game early in the second half with a hamstring injury and was doubtful that he would return. That might explain part of what we saw during this piece, but it doesn't explain everything. Hopefully Green has a better answer than "I was wondering if I left my oven on."
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