John Ross: It’s all growth and progression from here

AP

Bengals wide receiver John Ross‘ rookie season got off to a bad start when he fumbled on his first NFL touch and it didn’t get much better from there.

Ross missed time in the offseason as he recovered from shoulder surgery, hurt his knee once he did get on the field in August and then went on injured reserve after playing 17 snaps in three games due to another shoulder injury. That led to criticism from inside and outside the organization.

The voices inside the Bengals have been more positive this offseason and Ross said he’s taken last year’s struggles, which he says went beyond injuries, to heart.

“Last year I let everything get to me.” Ross said, via the team’s website. “I let my injury get to me. I was trying to do more than I could. I was out of shape. I’m not trying to make excuses, but its real life things. You can’t just come in the NFL and be that guy. You have to come in and prepare. I’ve learned that. It’s growth and progression from here on.”

Ross said he feels “the best I’ve felt since I went into my last year of college” and that offseason work with former Bengal T.J. Houshmandzadeh has helped him get to a place where he can be more successful in his second season. If so, that will be a welcome addition to a Bengals offense that’s moving in a new direction under offensive coordinator Bill Lazor this year.

17 responses to “John Ross: It’s all growth and progression from here

  1. Well Cincinnati, you drafted someone at No.9 overall simply because he is fast and completely dismissed the fact that he isn’t a very good receiver.

    It really isn’t going to get better. He is J.J. Nelson…..at best.

  2. If Lazor puts him on the field and lets him play enough to gain confidence, they will be hard to handle with what they have. Keep lewis from yanking him the first mistake he makes and he will be fine.

  3. When a player mentions growth after having an abysmal year they are only saying it because they want people to believe even though he has no real desire to play better–until it’s a contract year. It’s the kind of things losers say. Ross will be out of the league in two years.

  4. I’m not trying to make excuses, he says after offering a litany of them. Makes perfect sense.

  5. Well Cincinnati, you drafted someone at No.9 overall simply because he is fast and completely dismissed the fact that he isn’t a very good receiver.

    It really isn’t going to get better. He is J.J. Nelson…..at best.

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    well whateryournamemeans, this is not true at all, Ross was on many people’s top receiver list – the injury was no doubt an issue but this was not a reach.

  6. Ross didn’t make excuses… he admitted to being out of shape after being injured.

    Anyway… I’m not saying John Ross doesn’t suck.

  7. I keep seeing people say he was a bad receiver. The dude was a beast in college he ran good routes and had good hands. He was a projected 1st rounder in the draft long before he ran that 4.22 40 time at the combine.

  8. It isn’t that Ross is a bad player or was a “reach” it’s that this was a luxury pick for a team that had bigger needs elsewhere. Namely the Offensive Line. And if the Bengals felt #9 was too high for any O-linemen then trade back and pick up addt’l picks and take one nearer 20 or so. But don’t take a WR when you didn’t really need one, especially a brittle one…

  9. How are you going to put John Ross and Joe Mixon in the same group… troll

  10. kcflake says:
    May 16, 2018 at 11:49 am
    Drafting John Ross and Joe Mixon, man, Cincinatti could have had 2 players that are so much better than what they got.
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    I have literally not heard from one single talking head “expert” type that thinks Joe Mixon was anything but a steal from an on the field perspective. John Ross may be a bust but Marvin Lewis would rather punish players than help his team win so we have no idea what John Ross is.

  11. erinrodgersreachednirvana says:
    May 16, 2018 at 10:51 am
    Well Cincinnati, you drafted someone at No.9 overall simply because he is fast and completely dismissed the fact that he isn’t a very good receiver.

    It really isn’t going to get better. He is J.J. Nelson…..at best.
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    Rated as the top receiver or top 2 in the draft class and check out the tape of him against Adoree from USC who went in the 1st round. Ross had his way with him. Dude was injured all year which was a red flag coming out, but it’s not because he was a bad receiver.

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