Now is the time for the New Orleans Saints to make a move on Cincinnati Bengals former superstar wide receiver A.J. Green.
The New Orleans Saints have been without a full set of wide receivers healthy since the first game of the season. Week 5 was no different. Since Week 1, Michael Thomas has been nursing a nagging ankle injury that has kept him out.
The Saints expected him to make it back before three weeks which is why they never reverted to putting him on the injured reserve (which is now only a three-week designation). Ever since that time, the New Orleans’ offense has not looked or played the same.
Emmanuel Sanders has not put up the numbers the Saints had hoped he would except for his performance last night, and Tre’Quan Smith, who has played higher than expectations, started with bottom-level expectations to begin the season with.
Thomas, who was healthy for Week 5, found himself being benched by the team after an altercation with a teammate in practice. He reportedly punched Chauncey Gardner-Johnson after the two of them had a fight.
Now, we are going into the sixth week of the year. The Saints have a superstar wide receiver who has a nagging injury and is acting like a rookie in practice. They also have a No. 2 receiver who isn’t cutting it as a No. 1.
The question is where do the Saints go.
The answer — go big or go home.
New Orleans should make a midseason trade for Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green. Green has been nothing short of awful for the Bengals starting this year. Green may have uttered that he wants to be traded during the Bengals’ latest blowout loss.
Not because of his skill but because the Bengals are choosing not to use him. In the first couple of games, they were giving Green 10-15 targets per game, but Burrow wasn’t NFL ready yet. Now that Burrow is in his stride, the Bengals have showcased Tee Higgins as the No. 2 receiver instead.
Green’s price and dropped through the floor and the Saints need to take advantage of it. He wouldn’t come in and rival Michael Thomas, but he would be an excellent addition in some two and three wide receiver sets down the stretch for the Saints.