A.J. Green, who will suit up on Sunday after nursing a hamstring injury, is frustrated with the Bengals, though that doesn’t mean he wants a trade.
“I think we’re building something special here, and I just want to be a part of the team and help us win,” Green said earlier this week, clearing up rumors that he wanted out of Cincinnati (via ESPN). The veteran added that he and coach Zac Taylor have a great relationship.
“I think we’re all frustrated about the way we’re playing because we’re way better than what we’re putting on tape,” Green continued. “For me, I just have to channel that frustration and keep playing like I have for the last couple of years.”
Green was busy in the team’s opener against the Chargers, securing five-of-nine targets for 51 yards. However, in the ensuing four games (including last Sunday’s contest vs. the Ravens where he exited with an injury), the 32-year-old has only caught nine balls (25 targets) for a total of 68 yards.
Joe Burrow said that he and Green are putting in the work to get on the same page. The rookie wasn’t able to get much practice in with the former No. 4 overall pick during the offseason because of COVID-19 restrictions so the two are making up for lost time.
“A.J. is a great player and I’m going to continue to try to get him the ball and we need to get him going,” Burrow said (via Bengals’ website). “He’s a big part of this offense and we just have to get it going. We’re going to need some better chemistry. We do.
“We’re putting in a lot of work together. We’re here you know 14, 15 hours a day so we’re putting the work in to get things right.”