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With Dalton paying attention to more receivers and defenders paying more attention to Green, Green's numbers could potentially drop this year.
Should Andy Dalton struggle in his second season, then clearly the productivity of his top receiving target, A.J. Green, will suffer as a result. But even if Dalton doesn't have a down year, Green's numbers could still drop some.
It would be a situation similar to the one I described earlier for Jermaine Gresham. With more receivers angling for Dalton's passes, Green could see fewer targets.
The new crop of receivers vying for the Nos. 2 and 3 spots on the roster are far more dynamic than the two veterans they are replacing, and thus, Dalton may not have to rely as heavily on Green to make plays.
There's also the fact that opposing defenses now have a full offseason to study Green and find ways to shut him down. Clearly, Green will be drawing quite the fair share of double coverage this year, and if it's effective, he simply may not be able to pull down passes—Dalton may not be able to throw to him as much.
In his rookie season, Green pulled down 65 passes for 1,057 yards and seven scores. If he has over 1,000 receiving yards again this year, he may have to do so while getting fewer targets. That could be a struggle.