There are certain things that A.J. Green doesn’t have control of. There is one major thing that he can manage though and he acknowledged that he needs to do a better job of controlling.

An introspective Green said Wednesday that he let his emotions get the better of him during last Sunday’s 17-6 loss at Cleveland. The normally even-keel Green could be seen on the sidelines with a mixture of frustration and exasperation.

“I have to control my emotions and body language better than I did on Sunday” Green said. “You just have to take a deep breath relax and let the game come to you. I was pressing.”

Green had seven receptions for 51 yards against the Browns. The 7.3 yards per catch were the second-fewest he’s had in a game with seven or more receptions. Only two of the catches went for 10 yards or more.

Besides being held in check by Cleveland’s Joe Haden the other thing that disappointed Green is how he responded to it throughout the game. Green said he watched the broadcast tape of the game and wasn’t happy with his body language.

“It was a little bad. My arms were flailing and I was all loose out there” he said. “I would just press. We were so close and needed to make a play.”

Green said he talked to Andy Dalton on Tuesday and that everything was good.

Said receivers coach James Urban of Green: “He’s one of the most self-reflective self-critical people I’ve been around. He’s ahead of me when I say most things. He’s already analyzed it in his mind.”

After three of Green’s nine receptions went for 20 yards or more against Chicago only two of the next 17 the past three games have been for plus-20.

The biggest concerns center on trying to get Green open deep. Through the first four games he has been targeted 12 times on go routes but according to Pro Football Focus has caught only three. Last year at this point he had seven receptions on go routes out of 14 targets.

Green is second in the league in targets with 50 but his 26 receptions are tied for 10th. Of those receptions 11 have been on hitches and comeback routes.

“That’s just the way everybody plays me now. Outside leverage so they’re really taking away the outside and I have to run a lot of slants and keep them honest” Green said. “I have to go inside a lot more run more in and breaking routes to open the deep routes back up.”