Ravens face Bengals rookie A.J. Green for the first time
By By Matt Vensel
Dec 30, 2011 | 3:00 PM
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is dealing with a shoulder injury, but the rookie is expected to play Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Green didn't play against the Ravens in their 31-24 win over the Bengals last month, but the Ravens are wary of the challenge he will pose.
Green leads all rookies with 63 receptions and 1,031 receiving yards, and his seven touchdown catches are tied with Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith for the most among rookies in 2011.
"He's a monster, man. We have to know where he is every play on the field," cornerback Lardarius Webb said. "He's developed a lot this season like no other wide receiver I've seen other than our own Torrey Smith. So we will have to know where he is at all times. "
Green, who is averaging 16.4 yards per catch, has seven receptions of 40-plus yards this season and 19 receptions of 20-plus yards. The 6-foot-4 receiver's leaping ability led Ravens coach John Harbaugh to dub the rookie "the leading rebounder in the National Football League right now."
"He goes up and gets a lot of balls. So, they're going to throw it up to him," Harbaugh said. "He's a vertical threat; he can go chase a ball down. So, you've got to cover him and you've got to get pressure on the quarterback."