Scripted play gives John Ross a chance to make a big splash

AP

Bengals receiver John Ross had a lost season as a rookie. He made up for lost ground on Sunday, during a preseason game in Buffalo.

Ross caught a 57-yard touchdown pass on Cincinnati’s first play from scrimmage, a scripted, premeditated effort to throw the ball deep to the man who set the all-time speed record at the Scouting Combine 18 months ago.

Expect more of the same, as long as Ross is healthy. Which he wasn’t in 2017.

“Every chance John gets out to play, it’s another step forward for John in his abilities and his
career and so forth,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told reporters. “It was a good way to start it tonight and hopefully he can continue to build upon those opportunities.”

Ross blew by the coverage (and blew through a hold from cornerback Vontae Davis) to get behind the defense. Ross had to wait briefly for the ball, and then he danced around and behind and around and behind and around defenders to secure the final few yards of field position for the score.

“It was really exciting, just to finally get an opportunity to make a play, especially on a deep ball,” Ross told reporters after the game. “The finish was the best part so, for me to be able to go out there and do that is amazing. . . . I kind of just wanted to make a quick move and see if it worked, and it did.”

Ross and the rest of the Bengals had been aware that the first-play bomb was coming.

“I was excited because the whole team knew about it so, everybody said, ‘First play we’re going
to score,'” Ross said. “Everybody was basically getting me ready, pumping me up. Then it happened. It was
crazy when I got back to the sideline, everybody was so excited.”

The guy who threw the ball knew that it was going to work.

“I think just for us, take a shot with John and we knew that was going to be the first play. I said in the huddle it was going to be a touchdown,” Bengals quarterbacks Andy Dalton told reporters. “I said on the sidelines before the game it was going to be a touchdown. So I’m glad it happened that way.”

Bengals fans will be very glad if this kind of thing happens on a regular basis, especially with A.J. Green on the other side. If Ross can get it done, the Bengals’ opponents will be pick poison-picking mode when trying to defend passes.

13 responses to “Scripted play gives John Ross a chance to make a big splash

  1. The run game still has me concerned. Mixon and Gio have had issues getting going. The pass game however has looked great. O-line is giving Andy time to throw, and with the line-up of AJ, John Ross, Tyler Boyd, Tyler Eifert, and either of those backs out of the backfield… seemed Andy had an open receiver every play. Will be an interesting season, as Cleveland, B-more, Pittsburgh, and Cincy all appear to have good defenses.

  2. Winning the preseason. Too bad they’ll never know what it feels like to win in the postseason.

  3. terrible, terrible O-Line…..

    Bengals could only get 1 yard per run; one freakin’ yard !!!!!

    But they look fantastic on 3rd and 10. Forget running the ball with Mixon and Bernard; just make like the Patriots, and throw it to them…….

    ‘AirLazor’……. its coming’………

  4. It was a nice play, by Ross as Andy, as usual, under threw John. Wouldn’t it be nice if Andy could hit these guys in stride on those deep throws like the great ones do ?
    I can’t only dream.

  5. What Bengals fan is complaining about the O-line? The Bills couldn’t get near your QB’s.

  6. Here’s a thought, script 4-8 deep passes a game his way……if they are cover check down………

    Let’s hope that Marvin lets loose the reigns a bit

  7. joshhatesthesteelers says:
    August 27, 2018 at 9:03 am
    It was a nice play, by Ross as Andy, as usual, under threw John. Wouldn’t it be nice if Andy could hit these guys in stride on those deep throws like the great ones do ?
    I can’t only dream.

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    Anyone who watches the bengals sees this, Andy never leads his receivers, never throws them open…. Robo q.b. This is why AJ McCarron was so popular, saw in his 4 starts what we have been missing with Andy

  8. joco45215 says:
    August 27, 2018 at 9:46 am

    joshhatesthesteelers says:
    August 27, 2018 at 9:03 am
    It was a nice play, by Ross as Andy, as usual, under threw John. Wouldn’t it be nice if Andy could hit these guys in stride on those deep throws like the great ones do ?
    I can’t only dream.

    ———————————————————————————————

    Anyone who watches the bengals sees this, Andy never leads his receivers, never throws them open…. Robo q.b. This is why AJ McCarron was so popular, saw in his 4 starts what we have been missing with Andy

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    While Andy is not elite, AJ M. has not been able to win the QB job from a rookie or Nathan Peterman. I’m a fan of AJ, but let’s not act like he was lighting the world on fire in his four starts with the Bengals.

  9. Just read the Sports Illustrated NFL predictions and while i dont see Cincinnati winning their division, i see at least an 8-8 team and not 4-12 that SI sees. No idea why Cin is completely written off , look at their roster and they are a middle to above abg football team.

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