Green is back for a sixth Bengals season in 2016, after last season going five-for-five in initial-ballot selections for the Pro Bowl ... Leads NFL in receptions (32) and first in the AFC in receiving yards (468) through Week 4 ... Drafted fourth overall by Bengals in 2011, Green is only player in franchise history to make Pro Bowl in each of his first five seasons ... On Sept. 11 of last season, signed contract extension through 2019 ... His 26 games of 100 or more receiving yards (regular season) rank second on Bengals behind Chad Johnson, who had 31 over 10 seasons.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in first round of 2011 NFL Draft (fourth overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-28-11 ... Bengals exercised the option to extend contract by one year through 2015 on 4-21-14 ... Signed contract extension with Bengals on 9-11-15.
Blowouts in the forecast? It’s early, but through four games, Green is on pace to set Bengals season records for receptions and receiving yards that would make the former marks appear comparatively puny. His 32 receptions project to 128, a total 21 above T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s mark of 112 in 2007. And Green’s 468 yards project to 1872, which would be 432 more than Chad Johnson’s mark of 1440, also in 2007.
More 2016 highlights: Started at WR in Games 1-4 ... Has caught 32-for-468 with two TDs ... On Sept. 11 at N.Y. Jets, tied career receptions high (12) for 180 yards, including a 54-yard TD, and his 11-yard gain from Jets 40 put Bengals in range for game-winning FG with 0:58 left ... Two catches for 38 yards on Sept. 18 at Pittsburgh ... Caught eight-for-77 in home opener on Sept. 25 vs. Denver ... Lead team in receptions (10) and receiving yards (173) and scored Bengals’ lone TD on Sept. 29 vs. Miami.
Previous seasons: 2011—Led Bengals, and all NFL rookies, in receptions (65) and receiving yards (1057) ... Led Bengals in TDs (seven), and second among rookies in receiving TDs ... Set Bengals rookie record for most receiving yards, passing Cris Collinsworth’s record of 1009, and fell two short of Collinsworth’s rookie receptions record of 67 ... Had 11 receptions of 35 or more yards, tied with Calvin Johnson of Detroit and Victor Cruz of the N.Y. Giants for most in the NFL, and his total was the most by an NFL rookie since 1998 ... In his pro debut on Sept. 11 at Cleveland, Green put Bengals ahead to stay in fourth quarter with 41-yard TD catch from Bruce Gradkowski, a play certified as longest game-winning TD catch in NFL history by a rookie playing in his team’s season opener ... Caught five-for-47 in Wild Card playoff on 1-7-12 at Houston. 2012—Started all 16 games and led team in receptions (97), receiving yards (1350) and TDs (11) ... Was top AFC vote-getter at WR on prestigious Associated Press All-Pro team, earning a second-team berth as his vote total trailed only two NFC players ... Had at least one TD catch in Bengals-record nine straight games (Games 2-10), and in the receiving TDs category, he became only the second player in 48 seasons to score in nine straight games, joining Jerry Rice (NFL-record 10 straight in 1987) ... Named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September, when in four games he led conference in receptions (27), was second in receiving yards (428) and was tied for most receiving TDs (three) ... Became the first player in NFL history to hit the benchmark trifecta of 100 receptions, 1500 receiving yards and 10 TDs in his first 20 NFL games ... Caught nine passes for 183 yards on Sept. 23 at Washington, including career-long 73-yarder for TD on game’s first scrimmage play, pass thrown out of Wildcat formation by WR Mohamed Sanu ... Logged his first multiple-TD game on Oct. 14 at Cleveland, scoring twice while catching seven-for-135 ... Had season-high 10 catches for 116 yards on Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh, including 21-yarder to Steelers’ 25 with :08 remaining, setting up game-winning FG ... Led team in receptions (five) and receiving yards (80) in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-13 at Houston. 2013—Started Games 1-16 and Wild Card playoff ... Ranked fifth in NFL in receiving yards (career-best 1426) and sixth in receptions (career-high 98) ... Second-team selection on Associated Press All-Pro team ... Scored 11 TDs for second straight year, leading team for second straight year ... Topped 100-yard receiving mark in Games 6-10, becoming first Bengal to log five straight ... Had six 100-yard receiving games overall, re-setting club record he had shared ... On Sept. 8 at Chicago, caught nine-for-162, most receiving yards by a Bengal in a season opener, and he had TDs of two and 45 yards ... Caught six-for-155 on Oct. 20 at Detroit, including 82-yard TD (longest gain of his of career) on game’s opening drive ... Caught eight-for-151 and a TD Nov. 10 at Baltimore, his TD coming via 51-yard Hail Mary as time expired in fourth quarter, sending game to OT ... Caught three-for-34 in Wild Card playoff 1-5-14 vs. San Diego. 2014—Experienced toughest campaign with regard to injuries ... Started at WR in 13 games (Games 1-4 and 8-16), and inactive for Games 5-7 (turf toe) and for Wild Card playoff (concussion) ... Turf toe caused him to see only brief action in Game 2, miss Games 5-7 and play only sparingly in Game 8 ... He also was limited in Game 15 vs. Denver after suffering an upper-arm bruise, and he suffered concussion late in the fourth quarter in the season finale at Pittsburgh, rendering him inactive for Wild Card playoff ... Despite missed time, still led team in receptions (69), receiving yards (1041) and receiving TDs (six) ... Became only player to rank among NFL’s top four in both catches and receiving yards for player’s first four seasons ... On Sept. 7 at Baltimore, led all receivers with 131 yards on six catches, including game-deciding 77-yard TD catch in fourth quarter, pushing Bengals from 16-15 deficit to 23-16 win ... Caught six-for-102 Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee, and also forced 29-yard pass interference call against Titans ... Caught six-for-127 Nov. 16 at New Orleans, with 24-yard fourth-quarter TD that iced victory ... Career-high 12 catches, for 121 yards, Nov. 23 at Houston ... On Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay, his 13-yard TD in third quarter gave Bengals 14-13 lead which they would not relinquish ... Had 11 catches for 224 yards Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh, with 81-yard third-quarter TD, longest Bengals catch on the season. 2015—Started all 16 games and Wild Card playoff, starting every contest for third time in last four seasons ... Led team in receptions (86), receiving yards (1297), and yards from scrimmage (1297) ... Third in TDs (10) ... Leaped above tight coverage to snag a 16-yard TD pass for the first score of the game on Sept. 20 vs. San Diego, and finished three-for-45 ... Had breakout game on Sept. 27 at Baltimore, with career-high 227 yards (second in Bengals history) on 10 catches, with TDs of 80 and seven yards ... Both TDs at Baltimore came in fourth quarter, and both erased deficits, including game-winner (the seven-yarder) to give Cincinnati a 28-24 lead with 2:10 remaining ... On Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, had a team-high seven catches, for 82 yards ... On Nov. 1 at Pittsburgh, led all receivers in catches (11) and yards (118), and he scored the game-deciding TD on a nine-yard catch from Andy Dalton in the fourth quarter, putting the Bengals ahead 13-10 ... Had second two-TD game of the season Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis, with 10-yard catch in first quarter and 18-yarder in third, and led team for the game in receptions (six) and receiving yards (61) ... Caught five-for-128 and with one TD Dec 6 at Cleveland, leading team in scrimmage yards ... Caught six-for-132 Dec. 13 vs. Pittsburgh, including a 66-yard TD from AJ McCarron in second quarter ... Suffered back strain in practice the day before Dec. 20th game at San Francisco, and though he started against 49ers, had just one catch for 37 yards, and was removed from play in the second half ... Led team in catches (five) and receiving yards (57) on Dec. 28 at Denver, including a five-yard TD reception in first quarter on which he did masterful job of keeping both feet inbounds ... Closed regular season Jan. 3 vs. Baltimore with four-for-34 day that included five-yard TD from AJ McCarron for the go-ahead score in the third quarter ... In Wild Card playoff on 1-9-16 vs. Pittsburgh, his 25-yard TD catch gave Cincinnati a late 16-15 lead with 1:50 to play, and he finished leading team in receiving yards (71) while tying for lead in catches (five).
Joining Mr. Moss: Green passed the 1000 mark in receiving yards for 2015 on Dec. 6 at Cleveland, joining Randy Moss as the only NFL players to get 1000 in each of their first five seasons. Moss did it his first six seasons (Vikings, 1998-2003).
Pro Bowl participation: Selected to and has played in five games ... Started for victorious Team Irvin in 2015 season contest and had three catches for 60 yards ... Played for Team Carter in 2014 season contest (no receptions) ... Started for Team Sanders in 2013 season game and had a seven-yard reception ... Voted as a starter for 2012 season game and scored three TDs (one from Peyton Manning and two from Andrew Luck), becoming the seventh player in game history with three or more scores ... Led all receivers in ’12 game in yards (119) and led AFC in catches (seven) ... In 2011 season, had two catches for 42 yards, including 34-yard TD from Ben Roethlisberger ... In ’11 he was first rookie WR voted to Pro Bowl since ’03 season, when Arizona’s Anquan Boldin earned honor, and was first Bengals rookie at any position to make the game in more than 30 years, since WR Cris Collinsworth in 1981.
More on Pro Bowl: With his fifth Pro Bowl selection in five seasons, Green moved out of a tie with WR Isaac Curtis for most consecutive selections to start a Bengals career ... In total Pro Bowl selections for Bengals, Green ranks fourth overall, and he is one behind Chad Johnson for most by a Bengals WR.
College: Played three seasons (2008-10) at Georgia, and was a consensus choice after his junior season as nation’s top WR prospect ... In just 32 career games, he posted the third-most receptions (166) and third-most receiving yards (2619) in Bulldogs history ... His 23 TD catches ranked second in program annals ... Named to Georgia’s Team of the Decade ... Playing in only nine games as a junior, he led team with 57 catches, 848 receiving yards and career-best nine TDs ... Played 10 games a sophomore and led team in catches (53), receiving yards (808) and receiving TDs (six) ... In 2008, his career-best 963 receiving yards helped earn him SEC Freshman of the Year honors, and on special teams, he blocked a FG attempt vs. Arizona State.
Personal: Hometown is Summerville, S.C. ... Attended Summerville High School, where he was a four-time all-state selection by Associated Press ... Was the only prep junior named to USA Today’s 2006 All-USA team ... Also lettered in baseball and track ... Housing major at Georgia, and earned spot on Athletic Director’s academic honor roll ... Married (wife Miranda) ... His initials stand for “Adriel Jeremiah” ... Enjoys playing pool, and is an expert juggler.
Wide receiver A.J. Green has gone to three Pro Bowls managing to stay in-bounds with gravity-defying grace. Now he's talking about stepping out of the box.
Former Bengals cornerback Artrell Hawkins, who played for Dick LeBeau and coached Ike Taylor at a Steelers training camp a few years ago, breaks it down.