Updated: 6:50 p.m.
Three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver
“He’s always in your face. There’s always something you could be working on. That’s the biggest thing with him with me. He’s always on me,’ Green said. “It doesn’t matter what I’m doing right. He’s always going to be in my face and I like that kind of stuff. I love a guy that’s going to push me to that next level.”
Green has always been The Man. Ever since he led Summerville High School to the South Carolina basketball title and was the only junior named to USA Today’s All-USA football team to his 3,833 yards that are second only to Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice for most production in the first three years of an NFL career.
But Jackson told Bengals.com last week that he thinks Green has “a lot more in there.”
“I agree, I agree,” Green said. “Last year my numbers were better, but I didn’t finish out the year the way I wanted to. Some little things. I got tired a little bit. The knee wasn’t feeling all right. I feel like I’ve got to push through the season and finish the season a little stronger than I did last year.”
Green says he been challenged like this before, but not since Summerville.
“My high school coach that used to challenge the mess out of me. I feel like Hue and him are the same guy,” Green said. “It doesn’t matter what I do, the kind of catches I make. That’s my job. He always told me that’s my job. To catch the ball. No matter how great a catch it was.”
Green is talking about how he wants to be remembered as one of the top five receivers of all-time and right now he’s, “Not even close. Not even close.”
WHIT ON GUARD: First day of OTAs for the Bengals and it was more noteworthy who didn’t practice Tuesday in offense vs. defense than who did.
With Mike Pollack (knee) not working, left tackle
Pollak doesn’t appear to have anything serious, but he’s apparently going to get some rest this spring. Whitworth could only shrug and smile after an offseason he was relieved to learn he was going to be staying at left tackle. He will, but it also shows right now how high of an option he is at left guard with
With OTAs, experimentation isn’t an experiment.
“You are really just trying a lot of stuff,” Whitworth said. “Tomorrow may be different you just never know.” …
Usually rookies have to adjust to the faster pace of the pros. But during practice he found himself trying to slow down.
“It’s not the speed that’s the problem,’ said Dennard of the adjustment. “It’s trying not to over think things or try to do too much. Just to make sure you’re doing it right. I just have to slow down.
“I slowly got comfortable,” he said. “I really got comfortable at the end.”
Dennard played in the slot some, a spot where he might be able to make an immediate impact as Hall, the No. 1 slot corner, tries to make a second Achilles comeback in two years. Since he comes out of a versatile scheme at Michigan State, Dennard says his biggest adjustment has been learning the language.
“Just the different terminology,’ he said.