John Ross

John Ross

Wide Receiver #15
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 188 lb.
College:Washington
Age:26
Born:November 27, 1994
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 1 (9)
Draft Team:CIN

John Ross: Lands on IR

The Bengals have placed Ross (foot) on injured reserve, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ross has not played since Week 6 due to a variety of issues. He will now be sidelined at least the next three games. It has been rumored that the 24-year-old and former first-round pick could be transitioned into cornerback due to the team's lack of depth at the position. However, he will now just focus on his foot recovery.

November 14, 2020 11:13 AM EST

John Ross: Not moving to corner

Ross never actually practiced at cornerback and only discussed moving to the position with the Bengals' coaching staff, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: This follows an erroneous report by Garafolo that Ross had actually injured his foot while practicing at cornerback. The Bengals' dire need to provide depth at cornerback at least allowed them to broach the conversation with the 24-year-old, but no positional move appears to be imminent, especially after Ross suffered a foot injury which will keep him out for Week 10 and potentially future weeks.

November 14, 2020 10:01 AM EST

John Ross: Injured transitioning to corner

Ross, who will not play in Week 10 after injuring his foot, was practicing at cornerback when he suffered the injury, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 2017 first-round pick has not played more than one offensive snap since Week 3 so the Bengals attempted to have their speedy wideout essentially act as an emergency cornerback considering the team's lack of depth after injuries and COVID-19 have ruled out four corners entering Week 10. It would have been interesting to see if this was simply a one-week deal or if the Bengals truly planned to convert Ross to a different position, but it's a moot point after the 24-year-old injured his foot on the second practice rep. Garafolo seems to believe the injury could keep Ross out for an extended time although the Bengals have not been forthcoming regarding the designation. More information regarding the severity of the injury should come in the following days.

November 14, 2020 8:33 AM EST

John Ross: Ruled out for Week 10

Ross (foot) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ross hasn't suited up for game-action since Week 6, previously having been sidelined due to an ailment. The 2017 first-round pick is now dealing with a foot injury, but even if he does get healthy soon, it seems unlikely that he'll be a notable factor on offense behind Tyler Boyd, A.J. Green and Tee Higgins.

November 13, 2020 1:02 PM EST

John Ross: Shakes off ailment

Ross (illness) was absent from Wednesday's injury report, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ross missed Week 8 against Tennessee with the illness, but coming out of the team's bye week it appears he's returned to full strength. The 2017 first-round pick has seen himself slide down the receiver depth chart in Cincinnati, with the position group will be led by Tyler Boyd, A.J. Green and Tee Higgins, Ross' return likely won't affect the offense too much.

November 11, 2020 3:30 PM EST

John Ross: Out Week 8 with illness

Ross (illness) is listed as inactive Week 8 against Tennessee, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: No surprises here, as Ross entered Week 8 with a "doubtful" tag after missing practice sessions both Thursday and Friday. The position group will be led by Tyler Boyd, A.J. Green and Tee Higgins, as has been the case most weeks this season, even if Ross were healthy and active.

November 1, 2020 8:37 AM EST

John Ross: Officially doubtful for Week 8

Ross (illness) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Titans, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ross began the week as a full participant in practice, but he was then held out of Thursday's session. It looks as though the 2017 first-round pick, who has already been relegated to a depth role on offense, is trending in the wrong direction for Sunday's contest.

October 30, 2020 11:46 AM EST

John Ross: Clear of illness

Ross (illness) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 2017 was inactive for Sunday's loss to the Browns with an illness, but he's back in action at practice Wednesday with no limitations. Ross hasn't had much of a role for the Bengals this season, and he reportedly talked to the team earlier in October about being traded.

October 28, 2020 2:31 PM EST

John Ross: Inactive Sunday

Ross (illness) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ross has been an afterthought in the Bengals offense thus far, with the 2017 first-rounder having logged just two catches on seven targets for 17 yards in three games played. The team's wide receiver corps is currently headed by A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins.

October 25, 2020 8:34 AM EST

John Ross: Deemed questionable with illness

The Bengals list Ross as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns with an illness, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Ross previously sat out the Bengals' Week 5 loss to Baltimore with a non-COVID-19-related illness, so he could be dealing with a recurrence of the same ailment. Despite his designation, the wideout doesn't appear in danger of missing the Week 7 contest for health reasons, as coach Zac Taylor told Ben Baby of ESPN.com that he expects to full roster to be available Sunday minus cornerback William Jackson (concussion) and running back Joe Mixon (foot), who have already been ruled out. If Ross ends up inactive, it would most likely be the result of a coach's decision rather than because of the illness.

October 23, 2020 11:42 AM EST

John Ross: Wants out of Cincinnati

Ross has talked to the Bengals about being traded, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 2017 first-rounder has yet to find his footing in Cincinnati and is now nearly halfway through his fourth season. Ross was active Sunday against the Colts, marking the first time he suited up since Week 2. Per Garafolo, Ross approached the team recently about the trade and wants a fresh start elsewhere. The NFL trade deadline is Nov. 3, which gives the Bengals two weeks to gauge Ross' trade value.

October 20, 2020 7:15 AM EST

John Ross: Finally active again

Ross is active for Sunday's game, for the first time since the Bengals' Week 2 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Ross has fallen out of favor with the Bengals' coaching staff, being a healthy scratch on occasion, but Auden Tate is inactive this week, opening a tiny window for Ross to make another impression.

October 18, 2020 8:44 AM EST

John Ross: Cleared of illness

Ross (illness) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ross missed the Week 5 loss to the Ravens because of an illness that was preceded by two healthy scratches. The 2017 first-round pick should be available for this Sunday's matchup against the Colts, and he has a decent chance to get back into the lineup if neither A.J. Green (hamstring) or Auden Tate (shoulder) are active.

October 14, 2020 2:35 PM EST

John Ross: Inactive Sunday

Ross (illness) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: The 2017 first-rounder pick had been a healthy scratch of late, so his Week 5 absence won't have a great impact on the team's Week 5 passing attack. The Bengals' wide receiver corps is currently headed by A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins.

October 11, 2020 8:47 AM EST

John Ross: Doubtful for Week 5

Ross (illness) is officially considered doubtful for Sunday's game in Baltimore, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Ross has missed back-to-back practices due to an illness. The 2017 first-round pick has also been a healthy scratch for two straight contests, so even if Ross manages to fully recover before Sunday's game he may not suit up. He only has two catches for 17 yards (seven targets) on the year.

October 9, 2020 12:07 PM EST

John Ross: Takes a seat Week 3

Ross (coach's decision) is inactive Week 3 at Philadelphia, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: This may seem surprising on the surface given the fantasy buzz that Ross has gained in the past, but after going without a catch in Week 2 and seeing his snap count cut in half, the writing was on the wall for a potential scratch. A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd will presumably continue to lead the position group for the Bengals, but the absence of Ross will allow Tee Higgins to draw the start.

September 27, 2020 8:58 AM EST

John Ross: No receptions in Week 2

Ross didn't haul in either of his two targets in Thursday's 35-30 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Ross logged just 30 percent of the team's offensive snaps in Week 2, ranking fifth among Bengals wideouts and behind even Mike Thomas. Considering it took just one game for rookie Tee Higgins to secure a top-three role, Ross could be pushed out of the gameplans moving forward.

September 22, 2020 11:46 AM EST

John Ross: Grabs just two passes Sunday

Ross caught two of five targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Ross couldn't replicate last year's Week 1 magic, and this was his lowest yardage total in a single game since 2018. Rookie QB Joe Burrow spread the ball around Sunday, targeting five players five or more times, so it's encouraging that Ross is at least in the mix to begin the season. He'll look to capitalize on those opportunities in Thursday's matchup against the Browns.

September 14, 2020 2:49 PM EST

John Ross: Avoids injury report

Ross (arm) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Analysis: Ross suffered an arm injury in training camp roughly two weeks ago, but he's managed to shed the issue in time to begin the regular season at full health. The 2017 first-round pick is listed wideout behind A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd on Cincinnati's first unofficial depth chart, per Ben Baby of ESPN.com. As such, Ross is seemingly in line to serve as Cincinnati's No. 3 receiver during Sunday's season opener against the Chargers, though Tee Higgins, Auden Tate and Alex Erickson all offer competition for targets.

September 9, 2020 3:02 PM EST

John Ross: Listed as starting wideout

The Bengals list Ross (arm) as their third wide receiver on the unofficial depth chart the team released Tuesday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Though Ross has missed time in camp after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 injured list in August before picking up an arm injury just under two weeks ago, the Bengals still seemingly favor him for the No. 3 role over rookie second-round pick Tee Higgins and holdovers Auden Tate and Alex Erickson. The Bengals' other starting wideouts, A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd, along with running backs Joe MIxon and Giovani Bernard are still expected to draw the bulk of the targets from quarterback Joe Burrow, but Ross' high-end speed should at least allow him to divert some of the attention away from Cincinnati's top weapons in the passing game. Ross will still have to prove he can stay on the field, however; he's played 24 of a possible 48 games through his first three NFL seasons.

September 8, 2020 1:52 PM EST

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