John Ross

John Ross

Wide Receiver #15
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: 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

John Ross: Scrimmage absence precautionary

Coach Zac Taylor said Ross (arm) was held out of Sunday's scrimmage as a precaution, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ross warmed up for Sunday's scrimmage and dressed as if he intended to play, but he was ultimately restricted to the sideline. It's reassuring that the speedster's absence wasn't an indication that he'd aggravated his arm injury. With just two weeks remaining until the season opener Sept. 13 versus the Chargers, the Bengals appear to be simply taking a cautious approach to Ross' health.

August 30, 2020 5:08 PM EST

John Ross: Not ready after all

Ross (arm) is dressed for Sunday's scrimmage but will not participate, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: The fact that Ross dressed for Sunday's scrimmage and warmed up with the starters could indicate that he intended to play, but is being held out as a cautionary measure. The speedy wideout has been limited in practice since suffering an arm injury earlier this week.

August 30, 2020 3:54 PM EST

John Ross: Not participating in scrimmage

Updating an earlier report, Ross (arm) dressed for Sunday's scrimmage and warmed up but ultimately did not participate, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Ross had a wrap on his arm still while standing on the sidelines during the scrimmage. The Bengals are going to close media access to practice this upcoming week, so further updates on him might be vague.

August 30, 2020 3:54 PM EST

John Ross: Ready to play Sunday

Ross (arm) is dressed for Sunday's scrimmage and appears ready to play, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ross was pointing in this direction with his work on the side earlier this week. This weekend is traditionally the "dress rehearsal" preseason game, i.e. the third preseason game, so this scrimmage carries a little extra weight for someone like Ross, who has something to prove to earn playing time.

August 30, 2020 3:21 PM EST

John Ross: Arm issue

Ross is limited in practice with an arm issue suffered earlier in the week, but is still getting work in on the side, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ross indicated that he knows that this is a pivotal season for him and wants to work through injuries as best as possible. He and A.J. Green could both be free agents at the end of the season.

August 28, 2020 10:23 AM EST

John Ross: Activated from COVID list

The Bengals activated Ross from the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday.

Analysis: Ross left the team to care for his young son and child's mother, who both tested positive for COVID-19. The 24-year-old wide receiver has completed the necessary protocols to return to the team, however, and he'll start competing for a starting role. Compared to last year, there's added competition from rookie second-round pick Tee Higgins (hamstring) and veteran A.J. Green (hamstring), but both of those injuries could open the door for Ross to make an impact in his first practice back.

August 23, 2020 10:56 AM EST

John Ross: Goes on COVID list

The Bengals placed Ross (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Ross left Cincinnati to care for his young son and the child's mother after the pair both tested positive for COVID. Ross' listing doesn't necessarily mean he's tested positive himself, but his mere presence with infected family members is enough to force the Bengals' hand. At the moment, he doesn't have a timeline for a return to the team.

August 12, 2020 2:52 PM EST

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