Bengals receivers try to get a grip

Bengals receivers try to get a grip
November 8, 2013, 11:30 am
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(Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports)

So here’s the thing about yards after catch: You’d better concentrate on that catch part.

That’s a message the Bengals receivers are focusing on this week as they head into Sunday’s game with the Ravens. In Week 9’s loss to the Dolphins, Cincinnati receivers dropped five passes.

"Coming into this year, the whole thing I was thinking about was getting more yards after the catch," No. 1 wide-out A.J. Green said, as reported by ESPN.com. "I've got to concentrate more when I'm wide open. It's easy to make the hard catch look easy. The easy ones are the ones I just try to take my head out and run [before] I catch it. I can't do that."

Even though he let two slip through his hands, Green still had 11 receptions for 128 yards against Miami.

"Drops happen," Green said, "but we got to continue to get better, and we can't let that happen in key moments of the game.”

Fellow wide-out Marvin Jones said: "When everything comes our way, we catch it. That's what we're supposed to do; that's our job. If we don't do that, then you see what happens. We have to keep taking care of the football and catching the football and making the plays we know we can make."

According to STATS Inc., Green is tied for second-most this season in the NFL for drops, with six. Cincinnati’s Mohamed Sanu is right behind at five.

*Though the Bengals have talked about spreading the ball around and not concentrating on throwing it so much to Green, quarterback Andy Dalton has targeted Green 103 times this season, highest in the NFL.