John Ross still struggling with the Bengals

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The good news for Bengals wide receiver John Ross is that he’s been more productive this year than he was as a rookie last year. The bad news is, that’s not saying much.

Ross, whom the Bengals selected with the ninth overall pick in last year’s draft, got four passes thrown his way but managed just one catch for eight yards in last night’s win over the Ravens. He also ran the ball once, losing three yards.

Last week Ross had one catch, a three-yard touchdown. So on the season he’s been targeted six times, caught two passes, gained 11 yards, and carried one time for negative-three yards.

That’s just not what the Bengals were hoping for from Ross, whom they chose in large part because he set the NFL Scouting Combine record with a 4.22-second 40-yard dash. A player with his speed should be breaking big plays, and Ross isn’t doing that.

Last year Ross didn’t catch a single pass, so you could argue that he’s making progress. But he still has a long way to go, and the Bengals, who are 2-0 without him, may decide that phasing him out of the offense is the way to go.

51 responses to “John Ross still struggling with the Bengals

  1. A player who isn’t producing–no matter who he is or where he was drafted–isn’t earning his money. Either get it done or get gone.

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    I could never understand why the Bengals didn’t trade their # 9 pick in the 2017 draft instead of choosing Ross. The Bills traded #10 to the Chiefs for two first rounders. Cleveland acquired two first rounders from the Texans for #12. The Bengals were asleep at the switch.
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  3. ???? He played 17 snaps last season.Why would you start phasing him out after 75 NFL snaps?
    The last TD by AJ was because the safety doubled Ross trying to take away the slant he scored on last week.He hasn`t played well for sure but after 75 snaps i think they need to keep working with him not phase him out.He does change how defenses play them.Their running the ball better because teams are playing a lot more 2 high safety looks instead of bringing one in the box when him & AJ are in their together.

  4. the Bengals, who are 2-0 without him, may decide that phasing him out of the offense is the way to go.
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    Or not. He’s played in two games this year; scoring in the first. That does not strike me as without him. Touchdowns are up 100% ( actually infinitely, but who understands math these days?).

  5. no concentration on the catch……his hands are suspect….and the bengals have probably figured that out….5-10 yard crossing routes are out of the question…… he needs slants, post/post corners and 9 routes…… looking like that guy the raiders drafted 10 years ago…..all speed no hands…

  6. Blah blah blah. He’s young, whole team is young, learning, and getting better. 2 and 0. What more do you want?

  7. This dude is “quickly” becoming a 1st round bust. See what I did there? Huh? Huh?

    Boooooooo!!!!!
    Thumbs down I know.

  8. He’s still miles ahead of Cedric Ogbuehi who didn’t even suit up the last 2 games. Now that’s getting phased out of the lineup.

  9. The people who keep saying he was just a speed guy coming out didn’t watch him in college, did you? He was a complete receiver coming out of Washington but injury prone and undersized. I wouldn’t have made that pick there, but I totally get it with that kind of speed and ability on tape to play receiver at a high level in college was intriguing enough for the Bengals to try. Just think of what John Brown did for that Cardinal offense for a couple of years, and Ross was more polished and faster coming out.

  10. Dalton has been spreading the ball around, but not to a lot of the WRs. Both running backs and all three tight ends had catches. For the WR group (7 guys), just Green and Boyd saw a lot of passes come their way.

    Ross was the only other Wr that got any sort of look. I’m thinking it has less to do with “being a bust” and Dalton throwing to guys he’s had a lot of work to. After all, except for Green the whole WR group is in their rookie deals. Also, keep in mind Boyd was “in the doghouse” as well, and now he’s the consistent number 2 WR – it’s not how you start, it’s where you end up

  11. Just have him sprint by a couple Raiders execs in the parking lot and they’ll give up 2 firsts for him in a heartbeat.

  12. I love all the comments saying he was only drafted because of speed. Obviously you did not see him play against Adore Jackson from USC in college who was a #1 pick for the Titans. Ross dominated him and anyone that tried to cover him. Give him time. This is basically his rookie year.

  13. So Ross was injured last season, which is why he struggled, and got very few snaps. So now he’s healthy and 2 games into the season you wan to state he’s still struggling and maybe it’s time to move on?
    Ross is the #3WR, with Green, Boyd, Eifert, Mixon, and Bernard all being targets that Dalton is used to. I mean he does have a TD, and he’s useful on the field even if just a decoy. It’s not that Ross is all speed and no hands, he was a complete receiver in college, just injury prone. It’s going to take some time for he and Dalton to develop chemistry, and with so many other targets on the Bengals offense this isn’t a quick thing. Give the guy a break, maybe after he’s had 100 targets we can revisit this discussion.

  14. It’s two games. They will figure it out.

    One thing I see with the Bengals is that Dalton doesn’t audible out of plays that you can clearly tell will be blown up. He needs to put his team in a better situation some of the time. He’s making great throws, so that isn’t a problem.

  15. He is fine. He needs reps and coaching. His upside is unreal, but he won’t get there without playing and coaching.

  16. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 14, 2018 at 6:21 am
    Who needs him when Dalton can just keep chucking prayers to AJ all day.

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    Dalton and Green made the Ravens’ defense look like a HS team. And Flacco….well 3 turnovers is pretty normal for him

  17. Admittedly, last night was my first real exposure to him, but my impression was that he is an immensely gifted athlete who isn’t very good at football.

    You can cover that up with speed in college where the offenses are much more wide open and you spend most of your time playing against guys who will never even be on a roster in the NFL, but it’s a little harder in the big leagues.

  18. Erik Gainer says:
    September 14, 2018 at 9:49 am
    I love all the comments saying he was only drafted because of speed. Obviously you did not see him play against Adore Jackson from USC in college who was a #1 pick for the Titans. Ross dominated him and anyone that tried to cover him. Give him time. This is basically his rookie year.
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    Why is it basically his rookie year? Because he wasn’t good enough to play last year during, you know, his actual rookie year?

    How many other Top 10 draft picks who didn’t suffer major injuries would you accept that excuse for?

  19. I do not think WR John Ross will ever become the elite #1 caliber WR the Bengals envisioned when they drafted him, I do not even think he becomes a #1. I do not think Ross will become a bust, I just think he will end up being wayyy over drafted in hindsight becoming either a #2 or #3 deep threat type WR good for 50-65 receptions a season on AVG for 550-750YDs/4-5TDs once he finally develops. I think scouts and front office executives were blinded by his elite all-world speed and quickness which got him over drafted causing front office execs to over look real concerns he had.

  20. youngstownbengalsfan says:
    September 14, 2018 at 6:20 am
    Problem is he has no hands to go with all that speed. I hate it when someone gets drafted that high based upon a one trick pony show!
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    WR D. Heyward-BeyB 2.0!!!!!!!!!

  21. There’s still time. It’s only been 2 real games where he’s played. His stone hands are a concern but if he’s out there at least teams have to honor the speed. I think we need more time.

  22. He didn’t play last year for he was hurt still from college so the shut him down and had two surgeries to get him healthy so be ready for this year.

  23. weepingjebus says:

    September 14, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Just have him sprint by a couple Raiders execs in the parking lot and they’ll give up 2 firsts for him in a heartbeat.
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    Al Davis died in 2011 FYI. lol

  24. Let me direct your attention to the Bill Walsh experiment from 1982-1984….Renaldo Nehemiah. Fast as hell, but couldn’t catch. Or a better comparison might be Jimmie “Oops” Hines from the 1969 Dolphins.

  25. He may or may not be a bust after it’s all said and done, but you can’t tell that from the small sample size he’s had so far. But the real issue is that he is being totally misused. Why the heck do you not chuck it to him deep at least once a game. I kept waiting for the bomb yesterday and it never came. If you want defenses to be worried about him you have to unleash his speed.

  26. Speed is always important. I mean,come on man, across from AJ Green? Why you think Green was one on one first half. I thought you guys knew football. Hes a threat without touching the ball!

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