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Pollard Issues Warning to Green -“Don’t Go Across the Middle”

Pollard is ready for this Monday Night.

Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard issued a warning along with his complimentary words about Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green heading into Monday night’s season opener.

Here are some of Pollard’s comments:

“I think A.J. Green is a really special talent,” Pollard said. “The guy can go down the field, he can go across the middle. But, when he goes across the middle, he has to see us. And that’s not taking anything away from him, but this is what we live for.

“When we see receivers come across the middle, if we are in the right defense, we are going to smack you, and we are going to let you know that you came across the middle on the wrong team. Having said that if you miss him, he can hit a home run.”

As a rookie, Green had a fantastic season where he recorded 65 receptions for 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns with an average of 16.3 yards per catch. However the against the Ravens he only appeared on one of their two meetings. He missed the first due to injury and in the second contest he was limited to two catches for 26 yards.

Pollard finished with these words:

“He has a special gift, and I think [Bengals coach] Marvin [Lewis] has done a great job as far as getting guys in there to help Andy,” Pollard said. “We just have to be ready. We don’t know what’s going to happen yet, but we know they are going to test us. We know that anytime a team steps in here, we are going to get their best shot. I don’t care who it is. They can have no wins, we are going to get their best shot.”

Let the games begin.

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