During the decade of the 2000’s, the Bengals had one of the league’s best wide receivers with Chad Johnson OchoCinco Johnson.
Johnson entered the league without a lot of hype, as he only played one year of Division 1 football with Oregon State, accumulating 37 receptions. His combine was also rather unspectacular, running a 4.57 second 40 yard dash with a 33 inch vertical jump, and measuring at 6’1” and 192 pounds.
As a result, seven other wide receivers were drafted in 2001 ahead of him: David Terrell, Koren Robinson, Rod Gardner, Santana Moss, Freddie Mitchell, Reggie Wayne, and Quincy Morgan.
After spending his rookie season of 2001 in a reserve role with the Bengals, his career took off with six consecutive 1,000 yard seasons, which included five Pro Bowls and a pair of first team All Pro selections. In 2006 he led the NFL with 1,369 receiving yards, on 87 receptions, and with seven touchdowns.
His peak coincided with a resurgence in interest, and on-field success for the Bengals. After a decade of dormancy, the Bengals climb from the cellar of the NFL coincided with Johnson’s career arc. Johnson was the master of footwork, with his quick, nimble feet seemingly always able to stay in bounds on sideline throws, and deceive defenders on his routes, allowing him to get separation.
Johnson’s silly touchdown antics and even his name change, and re-change, were tolerated and even enjoyed by many Bengals fans, who were pretty excited to have a team worth watching, and a great player too.
Johnson played 11 seasons in the NFL, including 10 in Cincinnati. He finished his career with 766 career receptions, 11,059 yards, and 67 touchdowns. He is a fringe Hall of Fame candidate, although likely behind former Bengals Willie Anderson, Ken Anderson, and Ken Riley in the list of Bengals deserving of enshrinement in Canton.
A decade after Johnson entered the league, the Bengals drafted another great wide receiver. This time, it was a highly regarded 6’4” A.J. Green from football powerhouse Georgia. Green joined the Bengals via the 2011 NFL draft, as the first wide receiver selected, just ahead of fellow SEC product Julio Jones.
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green and Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey will not be suspended for their fight in Sunday’s game, the league announced Monday. Both players will face potential fines for their role in the fight.
The minimum fine for fighting, first offense, is $30,387.
Jawing between the two escalated into a fight with less than 30 seconds to play in the first half Sunday. Green put his hand on Ramsey’s shoulder, and Ramsey responded by pushing him in the back. Green jumped up and grabbed Ramsey around the neck, throwing him to the ground. He punched him multiple times as players from both times rushed off the sidelines and joined the fight.
Both were ejected from the game and did not play in the second half. Bucaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, who was suspended for throwing a blindside punch at Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, was not ejected from the game.
Green has no prior history of on-field incidents and never had a personal foul prior to the game. He was fined once in 2015 for kicking a ball into the stands in a rare display of emotion after a touchdown.
“I shouldn’t have reacted that way. I apologize to my teammates, [Bengals owner Mike] Brown and everybody, because that’s not who I am. It just got the best of me today,” Green said after the Bengals’ 23-7 loss.