Zac Taylor: John Ross was electric in college, let’s see him put it on tape

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The Bengals have pushed back against talk that they want to trade their former first-round receiver John Ross, and coach Zac Taylor said again Tuesday that he wants to see Ross show off his his talent on the field.

Asked at an event for Bengals season ticket holders about Ross, Taylor expressed optimism.

“Let’s see what he can put on tape,” Taylor said, via Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. “He was electric in college.”

Ross was the Pac-12 Player of the Year in his final season at Washington and then set an NFL Combine record with a 4.22-second 40-yard dash. It’s easy to see why the Bengals liked him at the time, but he’s disappointed as a pro, with just 21 career receptions in two seasons. Taylor would like to see Ross show he’s better than his stats suggest.

13 responses to “Zac Taylor: John Ross was electric in college, let’s see him put it on tape

  1. This guy is the new Troy Williamson – only Troy actually had better stats (believe or not), incl. receptions, catch percentage, yds/catch. The only thing Ross is better in is TD’s.

    And yes, that is taking into consideration that Ross didn’t play his rookie year.

  2. I’d like to see a Treadwell for Ross trade straight up. Both men could benefit from a change of scenery. I think it would benefit them both & both teams significantly.

  3. This just reminds me why I do not like the Combine. Great. He set a speed record. Doesn’t mean he can play at this level. I wish him luck because I like the kid, but temper the expectations because a guy can run fast on a track.

  4. Ross fell out of favor with Marvin. Was a healthy scratch for some reason last part of his rookie year. I think 2 things need to happen for Ross to be successful. One, have a competent Offensive game plan. No end around sweeps Zac. Two, Ross needs to mature, both physically and emotionally. He is very young. Sometimes it takes a couple years to figure it out. Trading him would be stupid. He’s shown he can be effective in the red zone, let’s see if he can take the next step.

  5. Ross is a joke. Period. The only Bengal’s draft whiff that was worse was Akili Smith. College and Pro football are very different games when analyzing skill positions. Footnote: see John Manziel.

  6. vikesfansteve says:
    April 17, 2019 at 7:18 am
    I’d like to see a Treadwell for Ross trade straight up. Both men could benefit from a change of scenery. I think it would benefit them both & both teams significantly.
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    While Ross is on the same team, the coaching staff and offensive scheme is going to be brand new, so he’s got as much of a change and chance to re-prove himself as he could ask for

  7. I’ve said this before and it may not happen the same way, but look at the stats of Tyler Boyd vs. John Ross in their second years. Boyd: 22 rec. 225 yds. 2 tds. Ross: 21 rec. 210 yds. 7 tds. Then look at Boyd last year: 76 rec. 1020 yds. 7 tds. Sometimes it takes guys awhile to figure it out but that doesn’t mean they won’t explode once they do. Imagine if they had given up on Boyd after his second year. You’d be blasting them for giving up too soon. Maybe Ross will break out the same way.

  8. Forget about being the #9 overall pick, what is his value to the Bengals now? Ross was almost uncoverable in the Redzone. They gave him a short basic timing route where he knew when and where to expect the ball. Outside of that, the timing would be disrupted because of pressure or jamming at the line, and he and the QB were not on the same page (Dalton and Driskel). Another year of experience would help, plus they should have a packages for him, hopefully the new staff will be able to maximize his skill set. With time Ross can be a good WR, but he’ll need to work at it and the key will be staying healthy.

  9. Ross has been mentally weak and lacks toughness. This ends up affecting his confidence and focus. I don’t see this changing just because he has a new coach.

  10. The main complaint I had about Lewis was his unwillingness to play the athletic youth over the experienced veteran .Lewis didn’t really want Ross and wouldn’t play him. I have to believe Taylor will throw Ross in the deep end of the pool. He will either swim or drown

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