Wide receiver A.J. GREEN of the Cincinnati Bengals, defensive end J.J. WATT of the Houston Texans and kick returner-running back DARIUS REYNAUD of the Tennessee Titans are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for September, the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: WR A.J. GREEN, CINCINNATI BENGALS
- For the month, Green totaled 27 catches for 428 yards (15.9 average) with three touchdown receptions as he helped the Bengals to a 3-1 record in September.
- Through Week 4, Green’s 27 receptions lead the AFC and his 428 receiving yards are the second-most in the NFL. His three touchdown receptions are tied for the third-most in the AFC.
- In Week 3, Green registered a career-best 183 yards with nine catches, including a career-long 73-yard touchdown reception in the Bengals’ 38-31 win at Washington.
- In Week 4, Green posted his second 100-yard receiving game of the season (117) with six receptions in the Bengals’ 27-10 victory at Jacksonville.
- In his second season from Georgia, this is Green’s first career Player of the Month Award. Green is the first Bengals player to win Offensive Player of the Month since CARSON PALMER in 2005 (September) and is the first Cincinnati wide receiver to accomplish the feat.
DEFENSE: DE J.J. WATT, HOUSTON TEXANS
- Watt registered 20 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and five passes defensed as he helped the Texans to a 4-0 record in September.
- Watt’s 7.5 sacks lead the NFL this season. He is the first player to record at least 1.5 sacks in each of his team’s first four games since KEVIN GREENE in 1998.
- In Week 2, Watt earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors, registering a team-high five tackles, 1.5 sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery in the Texans’ 27-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- In Week 3, Watt posted seven tackles and a career-high 2.5 sacks in the Texans’ 31-25 win at Denver.
- Through Week 4, Watt is tied for the AFC lead with two fumble recoveries.
- In his second season from Wisconsin, this is Watt’s first career Player of the Month Award. He is the first Texans player to win the award since CONNOR BARWIN in 2011 (November).
SPECIAL TEAMS: KR-RB DARIUS REYNAUD, TENNESSEE TITANS
- Reynaud returned 15 kickoffs for 408 yards (27.2 average) for the month, including a 105-yard kickoff-return touchdown.
- In Week 3 against Detroit, Reynaud fielded BEN GRAHAM’s punt and threw a backward pass across the field to TOMMIE CAMPBELL, who raced 65 yards for a PR-TD. In the fourth quarter, Reynaud scored his first career touchdown on a 105-yard kickoff return. It was the longest play in franchise history.
- Reynaud’s 105-yard KR-TD is tied for longest kickoff return this season (PERCY HARVIN, 105).
- Through Week 4, Reynaud ranks second in the NFL with 455 kick return yards (408 kickoff return yards, 47 punt return yards).
- In his fourth season from West Virginia, this is Reynaud’s first career Player of the Month Award. He is the first Titans kick returner to win the award since DERRICK MASON in 2000 (October).