John Ross makes much earlier debut in 11-on-11 drills this year

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As Bengals receiver John Ross tries to turn the page on a disappointing rookie season, he’s already ahead in one key respect.

As noted by Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Ross participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time this season on May 22. Last year, it didn’t happen until August 14.

It’s been a while,” coach Marvin Lewis said, via Owczarski. “He’s had so few snaps around 11 guys on the other side of the ball, so this was great work for him and great experience for him that he was not able to get a year ago. He’s had so few of these days. . . . This is a good chance for him over the next nine days to get another opportunity to play 11-on-11 football that he hasn’t had a whole lot of opportunity to do.”

Injuries contributed to ineffectiveness for Ross as a rookie, making the ninth overall pick in last year’s draft a borderline bust. This year, he’s looking to make some significant steps forward.

“The steps forward have to come out here,” Lewis said. “There’s nothing he did otherwise that’s going to show anything different but just coming out here and getting comfortable playing football again. And doing it and making the adjustments and doing all the things he has to do as a receiver.”

The blazing fast receiver, if healthy, could become a major factor for the Bengals. Given all the attention that defenses devote to containing A.J. Green, Ross could get plenty of favorable matchups, if/when he’s healthy and able to contribute.

5 responses to “John Ross makes much earlier debut in 11-on-11 drills this year

  1. He hid an injury to improve his draft stock. Certainly not the first player to do so. If he’s fully healthy his speed will help. He could have a pretty good year, or an average one. Depends on what he learned while sitting, watching, and also listening, to the WR coach, last year.

  2. This pick TOTALLY reminded me of an Al Davis pick!! lol
    With that being said, he’s a Bengal now though so…….

    People tend to forget, (or maybe ignore), that 2 WR’s were
    drafted before Ross. Corey Davis with the Titans at #5 and
    Mike Williams with the Chargers at #7.

    Neither one of those guys exactly had seasons worth writing
    home about either. Davis 34 receptions for 375 yards and 0 TD’s
    and Williams 11 receptions for 95 yards and 0 TD’s.

    It takes most WR’s 3 years to fully develop their game at the
    NFL level. (Not everyone can be Julio Jones or A.J. Green right
    out of the gate).

    Ross catches a LOT more flak than Davis or Williams. Probably
    because of his 40 time at the combine, ie: MEDIA HYPE!!

    The amount of “sheep” in this country is depressing. :/

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