Bengals WR A.J. Green: Fantasy football is great for the NFL


Bengals WR A.J. Green: Fantasy football is great for the NFL

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green became $60 million richer when he signed a four-year extension with the Bengals just before the 2015 NFL season kicked off.

Is any of that money going to go towards fantasy football league dues?

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Unlike many of his NFL fraternity brothers, Green told the CSN Fantasy crew he doesn't partake in fantasy sports, but he does think it's a great thing for the league.

"I don't play fantasy football, but I think it's great for the sport," Green said. "I think it brings a lot of recognition to the sport. I think it's great for the NFL though."

As a four-time Pro Bowl wideout who is counted on weekly by plenty of fantasy players throughout the world, Green does indeed monitor his social accounts to see what people are saying about him when it comes to fantasy football.

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"I remember last year I had this older lady," Green said. "In her profile she looked like she was in her 60's or maybe a little older. She said 'I worked a nine-hour shift with a broken toe. Get your butt back out there I need my points.' So it's little things like that that people always say to me on Twitter or Instagram."

Check out what else Green had to see in the video above, including the emergence of his teammate Tyler Eifert and how he refuels after each game and practice with Rockin' Refuel Muscle Builder.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.

The four-episode series will air on at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night. 

Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.

For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.