Inexperienced met with reporters Thursday for the primary time after TV cameras throughout Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens appeared to catch Inexperienced telling a staffer that he ought to be traded if the group could not use him successfully. Inexperienced denied that characterization however expressed his frustration with the season throughout his information convention forward of this weekend’s recreation in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts.
He additionally stated he needs to be with the Bengals by means of the upcoming commerce deadline on Nov. 3.
“I believe we’re constructing one thing particular right here, and I simply wish to be part of the group and assist us win,” Inexperienced stated.
Inexperienced left Sunday’s recreation after he stated he suffered a hamstring damage. He stated the hamstring feels significantly better after therapy earlier this week, and he’s slated to play in opposition to Indianapolis.
The seven-time Professional Bowler missed all the 2019 season with an ankle damage. He and the group failed to succeed in an settlement on a long-term deal this offseason, and Inexperienced was given a one-year franchise tag value $18.2 million. His manufacturing is down considerably in 5 video games this season.
In his first 12 months enjoying in coach Zac Taylor’s system and with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow behind heart, Inexperienced has caught solely 14 of 34 targets for 119 yards and 0 touchdowns.
In keeping with NFL Subsequent Gen Stats knowledge, Inexperienced and Burrow have the bottom whole anticipated factors added of any quarterback-receiver tandem within the NFL.
Inexperienced stated he understands the notion of a possible rift between him and Taylor however stated that is not the case. Inexperienced stated he and Taylor had a “nice dialog” and that the coach understands the frustration and what occurred on Sunday.
“I believe we’re all annoyed about the way in which we’re enjoying as a result of we’re means higher than what we’re placing on tape,” Inexperienced stated. “For me, I simply must channel that frustration and preserve enjoying like I’ve for the final couple of years.”
Inexperienced additionally obtained public criticism after he didn’t make an effort to sort out Baltimore’s Marcus Peters after the cornerback intercepted a throw supposed for Inexperienced. Between that play and what was captured on the sideline, Inexperienced stated he has to do a greater job of dealing with his frustration.
“I simply can’t let the frustration get to me,” he stated. “I am a pacesetter on this group. I really feel like I let my teammates down. That is the most important factor. I felt disillusioned in myself as a result of that is not who I’m as an individual and as a participant.”
For the reason that Bengals drafted Inexperienced within the first spherical of the 2011 draft, he has been one of many group’s prime weapons. He’s tied for second in receiving touchdowns in franchise historical past (63) and is barely 4 from breaking Chad Johnson’s profession mark.
After not enjoying since 2018, Inexperienced stated he’s nonetheless looking for his means on the sphere and in Taylor’s offense however stays assured that he’ll be capable of regain his earlier kind.
“I am simply glad to be again on the market,” Inexperienced stated. “I do know it is going to come over time.”