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T. J. Green

T. J. Green
No. 32 - New Orleans Saints
Personal information
Born: (1995-03-15) March 15, 1995 (age 24)
Sylacauga, Alabama
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Sylacauga
(Sylacauga, Alabama)
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Practice squad
Career NFL statistics

T. J. Green (born March 15, 1995) is an American football safety for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson, and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Early years

Green attended Sylacauga High School in Sylacauga, Alabama. He played wide receiver and as a senior had nine receiving touchdowns. He committed to Clemson University to play college football.[1]

College career

Green played wide receiver his freshman year at Clemson in 2013, recording two receptions over 12 games.[2] Prior to his sophomore year in 2014, he switched to safety.[3] He played in 11 games with one start and had 18 tackles and an interception. As a junior, he became a starter, recording 95 tackles with a sack. After the season, Green entered the 2016 NFL Draft.[4][5]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
209 lb
(95 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
(0.24 m)
35.5 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
All values from NFL Combine/Clemson's Pro Day[6][7]

Indianapolis Colts


The Indianapolis Colts selected Green in the second round (57th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He was the third safety selected in 2016.

On May 23, 2016, the Indianapolis Colts signed Green to a four-year, $4.16 million contract that includes $1.87 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.23 million.[8][9]

Throughout training camp, Green competed against Clayton Geathers and Winston Guy for the job as the starting free safety.[10][11] Head coach Chuck Pagano named Green the backup free safety behind Clayton Geathers to begin the regular season.[12]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Indianapolis Colts' season-opener against the Detroit Lions and recorded three combined tackles in their 39-35 loss before leaving in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle.[13] Green earned the start in place of Geathers who was inactive due to a broken bone in his foot he sustained in training camp.[14] The sprained ankle sidelined Green for the Colts' Week 2 loss at the Denver Broncos.[13] In Week 9, Green started at free safety after Mike Adams was inactive due to a groin injury he sustained.[15] He finished the Colts' 31-26 victory at the Green Bay Packers with a season-high six combined tackles.[13] He finished his rookie season with 42 combined tackles (32 solo) and two pass deflections in 15 games and four starts.[16] He finished 91st out of 91 qualifying safeties in Pro Football Focus' overall grade and coverage grade in 2016.[17]


Green entered training camp competing for a job as a backup safety against Clayton Geathers, Matthias Farley, Andrew Williamson, Tyvis Powell, Earl Wolff, Ronald Martin, Lee Hightower, and Tyson Graham.[18] Defensive coordinator Ted Monachino held a competition between Green and Farley for the job as starting strong safety after rookie Malik Hooker sustained numerous injuries during OTA's and camp. Head coach Chuck Pagano named him the backup strong safety behind Farley to start the regular season.[19]

Prior to Week 8, Green was named the starting free safety after Malik Hooker tore his ACL and MCL the previous week and was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.[20] In his first start of the season, Green recorded four solo tackle during the Colts' 34-23 loss at the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8. On December 14, 2017, Green collected a season-high nine combined tackles during a 25-13 loss to the Denver Broncos.[21] Green finished the 2017 season with 45 combined tackles (31 solo) and a pass deflection in 16 games and seven starts.[16]Pro Football Focus gave Green an overall grade of 73.9, ranking 60th among all qualifying safeties in 2017.[22]


On September 1, 2018, Green was waived/injured by the Colts and was placed on injured reserve.[23] He was released on September 6, 2018.

Seattle Seahawks

On October 3, 2018, Green signed with the Seattle Seahawks.[24] On October 22, 2018, Green left the team, citing his lack of desire to play football any more, and planned to retire.[25]

New Orleans Saints

On July 25, 2019, Green signed with the New Orleans Saints.[26] He was waived on August 31, 2019 and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[27][28]


  1. ^ Sylacauga's TJ Green commits to Clemson
  2. ^ Clemson safety T.J. Green, an Alabama native and former Auburn fan, excited to face Tide in title game
  3. ^ Clemson players find success after changing positions
  4. ^ Sylacauga native T.J. Green will forego senior season at Clemson; enter NFL draft
  5. ^ Clemson defense takes hit with players leaving early for NFL Draft
  6. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - T.J. Green". National Football League. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "*T.J. Green, DS #2 FS, Clemson". DraftScout.com. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Indianapolis Colts sign second-round draft pick S-T.J. Green". blogs.colts.com. May 23, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "Spotrac.com: T.J. Green contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ Srinivasan, Arun (August 7, 2016). "Colts' Guy to play in HOF game following mother's death". thescore.com. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Ourlads.com: Indianapolis Colts Depth Chart: 08/01/2016". Ourlads.com. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ Bowen, Kevin (September 6, 2016). "Colts Release 2016 Regular Season Depth Chart". Colts.com. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ a b c "NFL Player stats: T.J. Green (2016)". NFL.com. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ Chappelle, Mike (September 12, 2016). "Despite little practice, Clayton Geathers returns for Colts". cbs4indy.com. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ Western, Evan (November 8, 2016). "Packers-Colts Week 9 Injury Report: Rollins questionable, but Montgomery should play". Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ a b "NFL Player stats: T.J. Green (career)". NFL.com. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ Claasen, Matt (January 10, 2017). "Ranking all 32 NFL secondaries this season". profootballfocus.com. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ Wilson, Josh (June 13, 2017). "Matthias Farley has been seeing first team reps at safety over T.J. Green in practice recently". stampedeblue.com. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ Walker, Andrew (September 5, 2017). "Colts Release First Unofficial Depth Chart Of 2017 Regular Season". colts.com. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ Shook, Nick (October 22, 2017). "Malik Hooker suffers torn MCL, ACL in loss to Jaguars". NFL.com.
  21. ^ "NFL Player stats: T.J. Green (2017)". NFL.com. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "Pro Football Focus: T.J. Green". profootballfocus.com. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ Walker, Andrew (September 1, 2018). "Colts Announce Final 2018 Roster Cuts". Colts.com.
  24. ^ Boyle, John (October 3, 2018). "Seahawks Sign A Pair of Safeties, Promote Tight End Darrell Daniels From Practice Squad". Seahawks.com.
  25. ^ "Seahawks claim LB Emmanuel Ellerbee, place S T.J. Green on exempt list". FieldGulls.com. October 22, 2018.
  26. ^ "Saints make 5 roster moves official ahead of training camp". NOLA.com. July 25, 2019.
  27. ^ "New Orleans Saints make roster reductions to 53". NewOrleansSaints.com. August 31, 2019.
  28. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". NewOrleansSaints.com. September 1, 2019.

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