To sum this all up, a main reason why A.J. Green may not be the best fit for the New England Patriots is his mental toughness.
Along with the All-Pro numbers, is A.J. Green a receiver who can easily be taken out of a game by the opposing team’s top defensive backs?
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Again, the numbers say otherwise, but how many big pressure playoff games has Green played with over his eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals? When he does play in those games, does he disappear?
Though the same was said about Demaryius Thomas, going after an A.J. Green as the team’s No. 1 receiver has to mean the Patriots see him as more than a silent leader. With young players like N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers on the team, Green could be even more of an asset if he makes those big plays in big games.
When the pressure is on and Tom Brady needs someone to get open, will and can A.J. Green be that man who finds openings even in double coverage?
Those are the types of offensive weapons the Patriots need, especially on the outside.
To show a player like A.J. Green the money, they have to know he will be better at the age of 32 than what they have in N’Keal Harry going into his second NFL season.
In summary, Green would be a great addition. But, the New England Patriots to find the value in him now versus what he was in seasons past.
Then again, all teams pursuing him will be in that predicament.