James Walker put up an interesting poll recently, asking Bengals fans who should start opposite A.J. Green. But I think Walker is getting ahead of himself. I don’t think Green should start. Not right away anyway.
I saw enough from the Jerome Simpson-Andre Caldwell games down the stretch last season to give them both starting spots this year. Jordan Shipley should stay in the slot where he flourished. Jermaine Gresham gives the team another receiving option at tight end.
There’s no need to rush A.J. Green into the starting lineup. Too many Bengals in the past have been forced into starting roles before they’re ready. The team shouldn’t repeat its previous mitsakes.
So A.J. Green should start the season on the bench. He can play when he’s ready.
And hopefully he’ll play well.