A.J. Green is beginning to make an impact with the Cardinals

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) A.J. Green
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The veteran wideout is beginning to produce in a way that the Arizona Cardinals envisioned when they signed him back in March

Many observers of the NFL were unimpressed back in March when the Arizona Cardinals signed wide receiver A.J. Green to a one-year deal.

After all, the longtime member of the Cincinnati Bengals passing attack had not performed at a high level in quite some time. In fact, the 6-foot-4, 207 -ound Green had not registered a 1000-yard campaign since 2017, when he tallied 75 catches,1,078 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns for a 7-9 Bengals squad.

Green got a brand new start to his professional career earlier this year when Cards general manager Steve Keim offered him a free agent contract. The former first-round draft pick would be joining an organization that came up one victory short of a postseason berth in 2020. Perhaps Green viewed the Cardinals as a squad that can deliver him that elusive Super Bowl ring that never materialized in Cincinnati.

So far, so good with Arizona. Following this past Sunday’s 31-19 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Redbirds are 3-0 for the first time in six years. And after a slow start with the club, Green is now starting to produce for a Cards offensive unit that is scoring points in bunches.

A.J. Green had his best game for the Arizona Cardinals this past Sunday

Green’s first outing with the Cardinals, a 38-13 rout of the Tennessee Titans, was nothing to write home about. The 33-year old was targeted six times, but he hauled in just two of the passes for 25 yards.

Things got a bit better for Green during Arizona’s 34-33 win over the Minnesota Vikings in week two. This time around, the University of Georgia product tallied three receptions for 44 yards, and took a nine-yard toss from Kyler Murray into the end zone for his first touchdown in a Cards uniform.

This past weekend, Green broke through with his best performance of 2021. The South Carolina native caught five balls for 112 yards, averaging an impressive 22.4 yards per reception during the triumph over the Jags.

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There were those who believed that Keim made a mistake when he acquired the seven-time Pro Bowler. The front office of the Cardinals is counting on the veteran Green to prove all of the detractors wrong.