With as much as A.J. Green and Andy Dalton accomplished their first year in the NFL, they might be even better in year two.
During the Bengals' offseason conditioning program, coaches have been impressed with the strides both players have made not just in grasping the offense but in showing their leadership.
"They've grown and experienced a lot. They're not the wide-eyed rookies anymore," head coach Marvin Lewis said.
Green remains soft spoken and doesn't say a lot, but other receivers and coaches have said that Green is in incredible shape and has come back even more determined. Last season Green became the first rookie receiver in eight seasons to make the Pro Bowl as he had 65 receptions for 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns.
If he can reach 1,000 receiving yards again, Green would become the first receiver since Marques Colston to reach that plateau his first two seasons in the league.
Said receivers coach James Urban of Green: "I'm very happy with A.J.'s approach to the off...