“I expect A.J. to have a big year,” Murray said, per AZCardinals.com. “I know a lot of people are sleeping on him. I know a lot of things have been said about him maybe not being able to do it anymore. … I’m glad he’s on the team.”
Green hasn’t been able to escape injuries throughout his career, but when healthy, he’s able to dominate. He had just 47 catches for 523 yards and two touchdowns, despite playing all 16 games last year, leaving ‘people’ to wonder if the now-33-year-old is on a steep decline, AZCardinalscom’s Kyle Odegard reports.
Murray said he’s confident in his new teammate’s ability, and coach Kliff Kingsbury is happy with the early returns.
“He’s been really impressive, when you see him on the field with that type of size and that type of movement skills,” Kingsbury said during minicamp. “Very conscientious player. He’s picking it up quickly. Consummate professional. Couldn’t say enough good things about him. Really excited that he’s here. He brings a lot to that receiving room.”
Odegard reports that, at 6-foot-4, Green will be a much taller downfield option than the Cardinals had at ‘Z’ receiver last season, which could help Murray in single-coverage looks.
“I’d been in Cincinnati so long and I don’t know anything else,” Green said. “For me to get a chance to get out, it was all about winning and being in a great environment. I think Arizona was the perfect situation, because they have the young guys, they’re building this defense, they have a young quarterback. I think I fit in well over here with D-Hop.”