There was a time when AJ Green was considered one of the best wide receivers in the game. He started his career making seven straight Pro Bowls and recorded over 1,000 receiving yards in each season except one (964 in 2016). Now, though, he has battled injuries and has an inexperienced quarterback throwing to him.
During the Bengals 27-3 blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Green was seen on camera saying this:
I hate doing this but…
Does AJ Green say “Just trade me” at the end?
I’m not the best lip reader
— Fantasy HQ (@RealFantasyHQ) October 11, 2020
Now I am not the best lip reader either, but it is clear Green is unhappy in Cincinnati and may want out. If so, would he be a good fit on the Green Bay Packers?
How Would Green Fit on the Team?
The wide receiver situation in Green Bay has been a roller coaster of “I told you so’s” for almost a year. Many fans were upset that the Packers did not add a receiver in the draft, opting instead to draft quarterback Jordan Love in the first round. After Week One, Davante Adams and the rest of the receiving core laid many of the talks to rest. However, when Adams got hurt, the talks started up again.
Allen Lazard, too, seemed to put the talks to rest after his breakout game against the Saints in Week Three. After the game, though, it was revealed Lazard, too, was hurt and is expected to miss multiple games. Enter tight end Robert Tonyan, and undrafted free agent, who caught three touchdown passes against the Falcons in Week Four, bringing his season total to five. Do the Packers really need receiving help?
The short answer is that Davante Adams will presumably be back and healthy next weekend. Therefore, the Packers will have one of the best receivers in the game running routes for them again. MVS has been adequate as a solid two or three receiver, but much of the passing game has been focused on the tight ends outside of Adams’ and Lazard’s breakout games. No, the Packers do not need AJ Green.
That being said, a team can never have too many weapons. Green may very well put up Pro Bowl numbers again with Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball. Davante Adams will draw defenders, too, leaving Green with more looks than he is getting right now with the Bengals.
If Lazard is able to return this season, as he is presumed, a receiving core of Adams, Lazard, Green, and MVS could be very dangerous come playoff time. This is especially true when the likes of Robert Tonyan and Aaron Jones are added into the mix. If they can get him for a reasonable price, the Packers should pull the trigger.