John Ross

John Ross

Wide Receiver #15
ADP:Round: 12, Pick: 7
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 188 lb.
College:Washington
Age:25
Born:November 27, 1994
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 1 (9)
Draft Team:CIN

John Ross: No fifth-year option

Ross will not have his fifth-year option picked up by the Bengals, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Ross has played just 24 of 48 eligible games since being drafted No. 9 overall by the Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft due to a number of injuries, so it doesn't come as much surprise to see Ross fail to receive the fifth-year option. The speedy wide receiver has largely been productive during the few times he's been on the field, but with the addition of 2020 second-round pick, Tee Higgins, and the expected healthy return of A.J. Green (ankle), it might be a tall task for Ross to see enough opportunities to break out in a meaningful way next season.

May 2, 2020 2:43 PM EST

John Ross: Facing added competition

Ross is facing added competition for targets now that the Bengals added Tee Higgins with the first pick of the second round (33 overall) of the NFL Draft on Friday, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

Analysis: Both Ross and A.J. Green are in contract years, plus the Bengals still have Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate as holdovers as well. Brown still could be a big part of the team's future, but he's not guaranteed to earn that chance now.

April 24, 2020 11:48 PM EST

John Ross: Quiet finish, bright future?

Ross had two catches for 42 yards in the Bengals' season finale win over the Browns. He finished the year with 28 catches for 506 yards and three touchdowns.

Analysis: Ross could take the leap next season with Joe Burrows presumably coming aboard. He finished the season with a 20+ yard catch in each of his last four games, and averaged 18.1 yards per catch in 2019. He hasn't yet demonstrated an ability to stay on the field, but if he can clear that hurdle, a big reward awaits.

January 15, 2020 1:03 PM EST

John Ross: Most productive game since return

Ross secured six of 13 targets for 84 yards in the Bengals' 38-35 overtime loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. He also rushed twice for six yards.

Analysis: Ross finished second to Tyler Boyd in receptions, receiving yardage and targets, and although he couldn't find the end zone like his teammate, he did put together his best performance since returning from a stay on injured reserve due to a shoulder issue. Ross also logged his first two rush attempts of the campaign, and he'll look to build on Sunday's effort and head into the offseason with some momentum when the Bengals face the Browns in Week 17.

December 22, 2019 3:32 PM EST

John Ross: Snags two passes in loss

Ross caught two of three targets for 24 yards during Sunday's 34-13 loss to New England.

Analysis: Ross has now been held to two catches and under 30 yards in each of his first two games back after a shoulder injury. The junior speedster always offers hope of a big play, with a 19.0-yards-per-catch average this season, but has just six targets in his two games back. Next up is a Miami defense that entered this week having surrendered 54 passes of at least 20 yards, 28th in the league, but it'd be a leap of faith to assume that Ross will get enough targets to make Miami pay.

December 15, 2019 4:14 PM EST

John Ross: Ready to go in Week 15

Ross (foot) put in a full practice Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Patriots, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ross' health was in some question after the foot injury limited him participation in Wednesday's practice, but he cleared up those concerns by taking every rep Thursday and Friday. After missing eight games with a sternoclavicular injury, Ross returned from injured reserve in the Week 14 loss to the Browns to play 51 percent of the offensive snaps. The third-year wideout may only see his role on offense expand in the Bengals' final three games with Auden Tate (knee) now on IR and A.J. Green (ankle) having failed to practice since Nov. 4.

December 13, 2019 2:11 PM EST

John Ross: Returns to full practice

Ross (foot) practiced fully Thursday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ben Baby of ESPN.com previously noted that Ross' "foot injury is very minimal" and the wideout's full session Thursday places him on track to play Sunday against the Patriots. In his return to action from a sternoclavicular injury in Week 14, Ross logged 36 of a possible 73 snaps in the Bengals' loss to the Browns, en route to catching two of his three targets for 28 yards. His Week 15 matchup isn't great -- the Patriots are second in the league in passing yards per game allowed -- but Ross does at least retain the ability to sneak in the occasional TD.

December 12, 2019 1:25 PM EST

John Ross: Listed as limited Wednesday

Ross (foot) was limited at practice Wednesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ross returned to action in Week 14 after a long layoff necessitated by a sternoclavicular injury. Now he's nursing a foot issue. We'll revisit his status Thursday to see if it's a minor concern he's managing or indicative of an in-practice setback Wednesday.

December 11, 2019 12:58 PM EST

John Ross: Makes two catches in return

Ross caught two of three targets for 28 yards during Sunday's 27-19 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Making his return from a long injury layoff, Ross was somewhat eased back into action. He looked explosive on a 24-yard gain but did little of note aside from that play. Ross was a big part of the offense in the early stages of the season and will look to increase his involvement next Sunday against the Patriots.

December 8, 2019 4:44 PM EST

John Ross: Ready to face Browns

Ross (shoulder) will suit up against the Browns on Sunday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Ross was officially activated off injured reserve Tuesday, and he appears fully recovered from the sternoclavicular injury he suffered Week 4. The 2017 first-round pick is not listed on Wednesday's injury report, per Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. With A.J. Green (ankle) ruled out for another contest, the speedy 25-year-old's return to the lineup will provide a much-needed boost for Cincinnati's receiving corps.

December 4, 2019 1:26 PM EST

John Ross: Officially back from IR

Ross (shoulder) was officially activated off injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: Coach Zac Taylor said Monday he expects Ross to play against the Browns this week, and his activation is the first step towards that becoming a reality. The 25-year-old's participation at practice this week should be the final hurdle for his availability this weekend. Ross caught 16 of 32 targets for 328 yards and three touchdowns before going down with the sternoclavicular injury Week 4.

December 3, 2019 9:23 AM EST

John Ross: Likely returning Sunday

Coach Zac Taylor said he believes Ross (shoulder) will be able to play Sunday at Cleveland, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ross has been in recovery mode since suffering a sternoclavicular injury Week 4 at Pittsburgh. After he was designation for return from IR in mid-November, it appears Ross will be elevated to the 53-man roster and be active in his first opportunity to do so. In the end, though, the Bengals must file an official transaction with the NFL. When he does suit up again, Ross will be on the receiving end of passes from Andy Dalton, who led the team to its first victory of the season this past Sunday against the Jets.

December 2, 2019 12:18 PM EST

John Ross: Designated to return from IR

The Bengals revealed Wednesday that Ross (shoulder) will be one of their two players designated to return from injured reserve, though he won't be eligible to play until Dec. 8 in Cleveland, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ross can resume practicing as soon as he's healthy enough to do so, gearing up for a potential return to game action Week 14. He suffered a sternoclavicular injury during a Week 4 loss to Pittsburgh, landing on IR shortly thereafter. Ross had 270 yards and two touchdowns through the first two weeks of the season, but he caught just five of 12 targets for 58 yards over the next two games. He should have a key role in a struggling offense if/when he's ready to return, joining Tyler Boyd, and, potentially, A.J. Green (ankle).

November 13, 2019 8:43 AM EST

John Ross: Could return later this season

Coach Zac Taylor relayed Wednesday that Ross' shoulder injury entails a 6-8 week recovery, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The speedy wideout is thus a candidate to be activated off IR later this season. Given that A.J. Green is still dealing with an ankle injury, Tyler Boyd is in line to continue to serve as the Bengal's top wide receiver option, with Auden Tate, Damion Willis and Alex Erickson candidates to see added targets in the coming weeks, now that Ross is sidelined.

October 2, 2019 10:41 AM EST

John Ross: Headed to IR

Ross (shoulder) has been placed on IR.

Analysis: In a corresponding move, the Bengals promoted Stanley Morgan from their practice squad, With A.J. Green still dealing with an ankle injury, Tyler Boyd will continue to serve as the team's top wide receiver option, with Auden Tate, Damion Willis and Alex Erickson, to a lesser degree, candidates to see added targets Sunday against the Cardinals.

October 2, 2019 10:33 AM EST

John Ross: Multi-game absence on tap

Ross is slated to miss multiple games due to the shoulder injury suffered Monday in Pittsburgh, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: In the aftermath of the game, Ross was wearing a sling to support his right arm, indicating a more severe injury. While its nature isn't known, he seems unlikely to play Sunday versus the Cardinals and potentially beyond that point. With A.J. Green (ankle) expected to miss Weeks 5 and 6 as well, the Bengals' receiving corps will be headed by Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate for the foreseeable future. Behind that duo, Damion Willis and returner Alex Erickson also are options, while Stanley Morgan currently is on the practice squad.

October 1, 2019 3:22 PM EST

John Ross: Wearing sling Monday

Ross' right arm was in a sling following Monday's 27-3 loss at Pittsburgh, Joe Danneman of FOX19 Now Cincinnati reports.

Analysis: Ross left the contest after he gathered in a pass and was taken the turf, landing hard on his right shoulder. Unable to return to action, he finished the night with three catches (on six targets) for 36 yards while playing 45 of 69 snaps on offense. The Bengals have yet to provide an update on Ross' status, so his listing on Wednesday's injury report may be the first chance to get a sense of his health.

October 1, 2019 11:26 AM EST

John Ross: Questionable to return

Ross suffered a shoulder injury in Monday's game against the Steelers and is questionable to return.

Analysis: Before exiting the contest, Ross recorded three receptions for 36 yards. Look for more specifics on the injury to come later in the week when the Bengals shift their focus to Week 5.

September 30, 2019 7:53 PM EST

John Ross: Cools off in Buffalo

Ross caught two of six targets for 22 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 21-17 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Ross came in with a league-high 270 receiving yards through two games, but the Bills were able to slow him down as quarterback Andy Dalton struggled throughout the game. The 2017 first-rounder finally made his first catch of the game in the second quarter, only to lose a fumble following a seven-yard gain. Ross will hope to bounce back against the AFC North rival Steelers in Week 4.

September 22, 2019 2:08 PM EST

John Ross: Stays hot against Niners

Ross caught four of eight passes for 112 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 41-17 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Coming off a monster 158-yard, two-touchdown opener against the Seahawks, Ross was fairly quiet until the final minute of the game when Andy Dalton hit Ross over the middle for a 66-yard catch-and-run for a score. The play was probably an unnecessary reminder of how Ross only needs a touch or two to get a game's worth of production. Starter A.J. Green (ankle) reportedly warmed up before the game on his road back to the field, but Ross' play-making ability has likely earned him a sizable role in this offense with or without Green in the lineup.

September 15, 2019 3:34 PM EST

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