WATCH: So far the Buccaneers have 3 players from 2018's team that have made the NFL Network's Top 100, with Gerald McCoy and Jason Pierre-Paul already on the list, WR Mike Evans notches the highest number as stars from around the league gush about his abilities...
VIA Bleacher Report: Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is coming off the worst year in his NFL career and suffered a corresponding drop in the top-100 ranking. Green fell from 22nd in 2018 to 58th.
The Bengals star only appeared in nine games after suffering from toe problems that eventuallyrequiredseason-ending surgery. He caught 46 passes for 694 yards and six touchdowns.
Green's absence allowed Tyler Boyd to play a major role in Cincinnati's passing game. Boyd eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards (1,028) and had seven touchdowns. The Bengals rewarded him with afour-year, $43 millionextension.
Green is in the final year of his contract with the Bengals, so a bounce-back campaign could be in store.
The seven-time Pro Bowler wasn't alone in tumbling down the ranking. Larry Fitzgerald set a career low for receiving yards (734) as the Arizona Cardinals offense struggled with Josh Rosen under center. Fitzgerald's fellow players didn't cut him any slack since he went from 27th to 60th.
Following his return to the Pro Bowl, Mike Evans is trending in the opposite direction. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver finished with 86 catches for 1,524 yards and eight touchdowns. He went from unranked a year ago to No. 53.
Tampa Bay is counting on more of the same from Evans in 2019.
It's no coincidence the team hired Bruce Arians with Jameis Winston a year away from free agency. Should Winston put in another underwhelming season, the Bucs will have to think long and hard about whether he's the long-term option.
Evans can help make his quarterback's life a little easier.