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John Ross | Wide Receiver | #15

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 11/27/1995
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190
College: Washington
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 1 (9) / CIN
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John Ross played 31-of-65 snaps (48 percent) Week 3 against the Panthers.
He did end up with seven targets, but he played two fewer snaps than A.J. Green, who exited early with an injury, and just two more than Josh Malone. Through three games, Ross has five catches for 27 yards. It is tough to justify spending a redraft bench spot on him at this point. Sep 24 - 12:06 PM

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John Ross caught 3-of-7 targets for 16 yards in the Bengals' Week 3 loss to the Panthers.

His yardage totals through three games are 3, 8, and 16. Two of Andy Dalton's four interceptions on Sunday came on throws directed at Ross. Ross has a ton of straight-line speed, but he is a work in progress as a route runner and catcher of the ball. Even if A.J. Green (groin) can't play in Week 4 at Atlanta, Ross will be a high-risk WR4/flex option at best.
Sep 23 - 5:12 PM

John Ross caught 1-of-4 targets for eight yards in the Bengals' Week 2 win over the Ravens.

Ross was a distant No. 3 behind A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. The No. 9 overall pick of last year's draft has just two catches for 11 yards through the Bengals' first two games. That's an unimpressive enough statline that you can drop Ross if you took a late-round flier.
Sep 14 - 12:24 AM

John Ross caught 1-of-2 targets for a three-yard touchdown in the Bengals' Week 1 win over the Colts.

Ross used his short-area quicks to get wide open on an end-zone fade for his short score, but he wasn't a big part of the passing game and is not yet trustworthy as a fantasy receiver. The speedster should be viewed as a WR5 for now.
Sep 9 - 4:29 PM

John Ross caught 2-of-4 targets for 66 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals’ third preseason game against the Bills.

Ross smoked Vontae Davis for a 57-yard touchdown on the Bengals’ first pass of the game. The pass was well underthrown by Andy Dalton, and Ross had to stop and wait for it. However, he was able to beat a couple of tackle attempts to dance into the end zone. The big play will certainly put Ross on fantasy radars late in drafts. We want to see more before overreacting, but Ross has obvious big-play ability that made him a 2017 first-rounder. There are worse late-round fliers.
Aug 26 - 6:45 PM

John Ross caught one pass for 29 yards in the Bengals' second preseason game.

Ross hasn't done much through the first two preseason games. He's been highly ineffective when targeted, catching 2-of-8 passes. Ross still looks like a project entering his second season, but he only has to hold off Tyler Boyd and Josh Malone to open the year opposite A.J. Green.
Aug 18 - 10:38 PM

ESPN's Katherine Terrell reports John Ross has had a "good" training camp.

Ross has been running as the No. 2 receiver. He had a disappointing preseason opener, corralling just 1-of-5 targets for 20 yards. His next chance comes against the Cowboys on Saturday night. Ross has blamed his awful rookie season on being unhealthy from the get go. He has said his body is finally right for 2018. Although it's only his second year, it's looking like a make-or-break campaign for the oft-injured speedster.
Aug 16 - 1:35 PM

John Ross hauled in 1-of-5 targets for 20 yards in the Bengals' preseason opener.

Ross' first preseason outing probably did not go the way he hoped. He slipped on his first opportunity of the night, allowing Kyle Fuller an easy interception which he returned for a touchdown, and he failed to get both feet down in the back of the end zone late in the second quarter. On the bright side, the sophomore flashed his playmaking ability with a 20-yard catch-and-run. With Brandon LaFell gone, Ross is the odds-on favorite to open the season as the No. 2 receiver, making him a good flier in the 14th round.
Aug 9 - 8:53 PM

Bengals WR John Ross opened the team's scrimmage as the No. 2 receiver on Saturday.

In their first "mock game" since releasing Brandon LaFell, the Bengals lined up Ross on the opposite sideline of A.J. Green. Tyler Boyd opened as the team's starting slot receiver. The No. 9 overall pick just last year, Ross will undoubtedly have all the opportunity in the world to flourish as long as he remains healthy. Josh Malone is also a player worth monitoring for Cincinnati if either Ross or Boyd fail to contribute early.
Aug 4 - 1:28 PM

Bengals WR John Ross says he feels as healthy as he has since his final year of college.

"I couldn’t ask to feel any better than I do now," Ross said. Ross missed the entirety of his rookie offseason recovering from shoulder surgery before knee issues marred his regular season. The team has been imploring him to think less on the field, and he's been drawing raves this spring. "He looks good. Completely different than he did last year," Andy Dalton said. "You can tell he worked hard. It looks like he’s getting back to where he was. He looks smooth." The next NFL pass Ross catches will be his first.
May 15 - 5:48 PM

John Ross has been training with former Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh in Long Beach.

Houshmandzadeh sees huge potential in Ross despite a disastrous rookie year that saw him go the entire season without catching a single pass. "If he’s working with me, bet your house on him," said Houshmandzadeh, an 11-year NFL vet who spent the bulk of his career in Cincinnati. Specifically, Houshmandzadeh wants to iron out Ross' route-running while improving his footwork. "You get to this level, everybody can run," he said. "Your technique and ability to separate has to come to the forefront because you can’t beat everybody with speed." Ross logged just 17 snaps as a rookie while battling knee and shoulder injuries.
Apr 6 - 3:15 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis says John Ross (shoulder, leg) is fully healthy.

Ross was shut down in December with labrum surgery. He had a lost rookie year, getting held catchless in three games (17 snaps). A two-way player with only one full college season at wideout, Ross remains a project despite his clear path to targets. The Bengals are hoping Ross can make a second-year leap.
Mar 31 - 4:11 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said John Ross (shoulder, injured reserve) has been hiding his injury from the team.

It at least helps to explain the rookie's disastrous debut season. Ross underwent shoulder surgery this spring, but Lewis said this injury is to the other shoulder. That is probably good news, but it is yet another injury for a player who struggled with them throughout college. Ross remains a hold in Dynasty, but his stock has taken a big hit over the last six months.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 11:20:00 AM

Bengals placed WR John Ross (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

He'll have labrum surgery this week. Ross was a healthy scratch before his shoulder injury. It ends a non-descript rookie season, with Ross appearing in just three games. Ross should be fully healthy for OTAs. He'll be in the mix for a starting role opposite A.J. Green in 2018.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 04:24:00 PM

Bengals declared WR John Ross, CB KeiVarae Russell, S Shawn Williams, LB Vincent Rey, LB Nick Vigil, OG Alex Redmond, and OG Christian Westerman inactive for Week 13 against the Steelers.

Ross remains a healthy scratch and seems to be in the coaching staff's doghouse.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 07:09:00 PM

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