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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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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

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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

Bengals declared WR John Ross, CB KeiVarae Russell, RB Brian Hill, S Shawn Williams, LB Vinny Rey, OL Alex Redmond and OL Christian Westerman inactive for Week 12 against the Browns.

This is the third healthy scratch over the past four games for the ninth overall pick in this year's draft. Ross has yet to record a reception in his rookie season on just a pair of targets and fumbled his lone touch on the season. His rookie season appears to be a lost cause.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 11:37:00 AM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis called out first-round WR John Ross for quitting on a route Week 10 against the Titans.

Ross slowed down on a deep route down the sideline because he thought the ball was going elsewhere, but Andy Dalton sent it his way. Ross could not catch up, and it fell incomplete. "John had a play last week we weren’t very thrilled with," Lewis said. "He let his teammates down. He let me down. He let Andy down." Those are strong words which punctuate what has been a disappointing first season for the rookie speedster. A healthy scratch Week 9, it would not be surprising if Ross is headed toward the same fate this weekend.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 09:17:00 AM

John Ross is active for Week 10 against the Titans.

Ross was a healthy scratch for Week 9 after playing six snaps in Week 8. He likely won't have a big role this week.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 11:58:00 AM

John Ross is a healthy scratch for Week 9 against the Jaguars.

Ross returned from a five-game absence last week, but played only six snaps. It's shaping up as a developmental rookie year for him. The rest of the Bengals inactives are RB Jeremy Hill, WR Tyler Boyd, OG Christian Westerman, OG Alex Redmond, LB Kevin Minter, and K Randy Bullock.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 11:47:00 AM

John Ross failed to catch his lone target Sunday in the Bengals’ Week 8 win over the Colts.

He played five snaps, according to ProFootballFocus, but from watching, you wouldn’t have even known he was out there. This was the rookie’s first game since Week 2, which may explain the light workload. Regardless, he’s not a fantasy factor at the moment and shouldn’t be in any lineups next week when the Bengals travel to Jacksonville.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 05:42:00 PM

John Ross isn’t expected to be on a snap count for Sunday’s game with the Colts.

Ross should have no restrictions in his first game since Week 2. He’ll have a role in three-wide sets with Tyler Boyd and Cody Core sidelined, but isn’t a threat to A.J. Green’s targets. Ross has played just five snaps this year.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 06:49:00 PM

According to ESPN Bengals reporter Katherine Terrell, John Ross (knee) "should see significant playing time" against the Colts in Week 8.

Ross is back after sitting out the last five games with a knee injury. With Tyler Boyd (knee) and Cody Core (concussion) already ruled out, Ross will have a great opportunity Sunday against a dreadful Colts secondary. It's a good setup for the 22-year-old, but with just five NFL snaps under his belt, it's still too early for fantasy owners to consider using him.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 02:58:00 PM

John Ross (knee) has been removed from the Week 8 injury report and will play against the Colts.

Tyler Boyd (knee) and Cody Core (concussion) are out, so Ross should get some run against the Colts' dreadful pass defense. Brandon LaFell is expected to remain an every-down player opposite A.J. Green.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 12:21:00 PM

John Ross (knee) is practicing in full for Week 8.

It's his first full practice since Week 2. Ross look on track to play Sunday, but figures to have a limited role in his first game back.
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 04:09:00 PM

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