Bengals receiver A.J. Green talks about his mindset and approach to his 8th season in Cincinnati. He called last season, “up and down.”

Bengals A.J. Green on 2017 first-round pick John Ross’ tough rookie season: ‘Even LeBron James has bad games’

After a largely lost rookie season in Cincinnati, John Ross has his doubters. 

A.J. Green is not one of them. 

“Every year is not going to be perfect,” Green, a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver and one of the team’s most respective voices, said Monday. “Even LeBron James has bad games.” 

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Green let out a small chuckle to himself at the comparison, but his message carried some weight, both because of who it came from and who he mentioned. 

Nobody expects Ross to be a football version of James (who was an All-Ohio receiver in high school, for what it’s worth), but everyone expects more than zero catches from a team’s No. 1 draft pick. 

A year ago, Ross was only able to play in three games, and his only touch was a 12-yard run that ended with a lost fumble. 

Coach Marvin Lewis attributed the lost season to multiple injuries and previously expressed confidence in his ability to bounce back

LEWIS ON ROSS: ‘Unfortunately he had a redshirt year’

Green expects the Washington product getting to see professional football from the inside over the past 12-plus months should help, too.

“Just having a year under his belt to understand this whole NFL process and the way we go about things here,” Green said “He’s being more comfortable and just starting off fresh.”