When it comes to the NFL trade deadline, which is on the horizon, Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receiver A.J. Green is ready for whatever may go down, as his name continues to find it’s way in the trade rumors popping up daily.
“I’m prepared for anything,” Green said, during an interview with the team’s official website.
“A trade’s not going to change who I am. I’m still going to play. I’m still going to be A.J.”
Green being traded may be the likely outcome, as he is in the final year of his four-year, $60 million contract, and with the Bengals on the cusp of a rebuild after starting the season 0-5.
“I tell everybody I haven’t heard anything,” Green says. “I don’t fantasize about anything like that. I’m just trying to get healthy and go from there.”
However, what kind of value Green may have on the market is unknown. When healthy, he is one of the best wideouts in the league, but Green has yet to appear in a regular season game this season as he continues to recover from an ankle injury he suffered on the first day of training camp back in July.
Green, for his part, says he will be the same big-time wide receiver he has always been.
“I think I’ll be the same guy,” Green said. “There’s been nothing career-threatening. Nothing you’d call major.
“When I’m healthy, give me 16 games and my yardage will be crazy.”
Green’s value to the Bengals is unquestioned, and has been since they drafted him in the first round of the 2011 draft.
Green is second in franchise history in total receptions (602) and receiving yards (8,907) and third in career touchdowns (63), behind only Chad Johnson.
Despite all that he has done so far, Green wants more.
“I want the team records,” Green said. “I want more Pro Bowls. I want all that so when I leave there is going to be a standard.”
Health is a big factor into how much success a player, such as A.J. Green, will have during his NFL career. Which is why their medical people must know the ins and outs of all types of potential ailments, from bronchitis to the more serious pilonidal disease and everything in between. Green can’t risk his career relying on a medical staff that doesn’t understand the most complex of maladies, such as pilonidal or mono, for example.
Patriots Addresses Filming, Say Video Crew Filmed Sideline During Browns-Bengals Game
The New England Patriots are explaining themselves after a story hit the news wire, sparking a league investigation, saying that the team had filmed that their production crew inappropriately filmed the field and sideline during Sunday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals.
According to ESPN, the Patriots’ crew was credentialed by the Browns to shoot video for a Patriots web series called “Do Your Job,” but the Patriots did not inform the Bengals or the NFL, which they called “an unintended oversight”, and led to the controversy that has dominated NFL headlines on Monday.
“The sole purpose of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road,” the Patriots said in an official statement. “There was no intention of using footage for any other purpose.”
The Patriots went on to say that the production crew, which included independent contractors who shot the video, is not part of the team’s football operation.
The NFL is currently investigating the incident and has a copy of the video, although they have not commented on the incident as of yet.
“They 100% know. All of our scouts, all of our video people and everything, they know what that is,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told WEEI on Monday (h/t ESPN). “Again, I have nothing to do with the TV production shows and stuff like that. I have no idea what they do. Or what their projects are and everything else.
“As I understand it, they were videotaping him, trying to show kind of what an advance scout does, or something Iike that, I don’t know. You’ll have to wait to see the show I guess and see how it’s presented.”
The Patriots and videotaping isn’t something new, as they were punished by the NFL for videotaping the New York Jets’ defensive playcalls on the sideline during a 2007 game at Giants Stadium, a game in which they won, and an incident dubbed “Spygate”. The 2007 fiasco ended up costing the Patriots a 1st round draft pick in 2008, a $500,000 fine for Belichick and the team was orderd to pay $250,000 for the incident.
The Bengals, who flagged media relations and Bengals security staff after observing a videographer shooting the sidelines, play the Patriots this Sunday.
Bengals’ Tyler Boyd Says ‘We got embarrassed’
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd isn’t mincing words when talking about the Bengals’ blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.
“We got embarrassed,” Boyd said, according to ESPN’s Ben Baby. “Straight like that. It sucks.”
The two winless teams took to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh where the Steelers dominated en route to a 27-3 blowout victory to notch their first win of the season and to drop the Bengals to 0-4 thus far in the 2019 campaign.
“We didn’t expect to be an 0-4 team, but that’s what we are right now,” Taylor said. “There’s no excuses we can make.”
The loss continues a downward spiral for the Bengals, who have lost 13 of their past 15 games, covering the span of the firing of former long-time head coach Marvin Lewis.
Lewis’ successor, Zac Taylor, who spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Rams, took his fair share of blame for the loss.
“To be quite honest, it starts with me,” Taylor said. “I’ve got to make sure the standard is higher than what it is right now because I haven’t done a good enough job and there’s certainly things that I’ve got to improve on.”
“Right now we don’t have that winning feeling,” Taylor said. “We’ve got to get that before we talk about anything else that goes on this season.”
“We gotta get wins,” Bengals’ Dre Kirkpatrick said. “They don’t pay me to lose, you know what I’m saying? That s— is unacceptable to me. I don’t know how everybody else feels about it, but you gotta feel a certain type of way.”
The Bengals now pay the winless Arizona Cardinals (0-3-1) on Sunday.
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Ex-NFL Running Back Cedric Benson Dies After Motorcycle Crash
Former NFL running back Cedric Benson died at the age of 36 following a motorcycle crash in Austin, Texas on Saturday, according to CBS Austin.
Benson was one of two people who died in a collision between a minivan and a motorcycle on Saturday night at 10:22 pm, with the report stating that a “vehicle and person on fire” on the scene.
Benson was driving the motorcycle with a woman passenger, who also died as a result of the crash.
Furthermore, two other people involved in the crash refused to be treated by medical professionals, per the report.
“Police said Benson and a woman were on a motorcycle heading down RM 2222 when a minivan pulled out on Mount Bonnell Road and hit them”, according to KVUE.
The report stated that police said that “speed and poor visibility were the biggest factors in the crash.”
“If you’re not really careful, or you’re going slightly over the speed limit, it is very difficult to stop,” Sergeant Eric Wilson said.
Benson as drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears and spent 8 years in the NFL.
While he didn’t live up to his lofty draft status with the Bears, Benson was much better during his four-year tenure with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he rushed for over 1,000 yards in three seasons with Cincy.
Benson played in five games with the Green Bay Packers in 2012 before suffering a foot injury that would ultimately put an end to his career.
Benson ended his career rushing for 6,017 yards and 32 total touchdowns.
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