A.J. Green and 6 NFL Receivers Who Will Have Elite Years in 2012

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A.J. Green and 6 NFL Receivers Who Will Have Elite Years in 2012
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A.J. Green

Two Cincinnati rookies enjoyed an extremely proficient first year in the NFL last season.

The Bengals selected wide receiver A.J. Green out of the University of Georgia with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and Texas Christian University quarterback Andy Dalton with the third pick (35th overall) in the second round.

Green and Dalton connected 65 times for 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns in the 15 games Green played.  The 23-year-old surpassed Cris Collinsworth's franchise record for receiving yards by a rookie and fell only two catches short of breaking Collinsworth's record for receptions by a rookie.  Green fumbled only once and managed to recover the football.

Green recorded these gaudy stats while playing against tough Steelers and Ravens defenses two times each.

The NFL selected both players to play in the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl where Green caught a touchdown pass from Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Green possesses the ability to post similar numbers in 2012, especially with a year of development with Dalton.

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