John Ross: Bengals’ energy is completely different this year

AP

Through two NFL seasons, Bengals wide receiver John Ross has been a big disappointment, catching a total of just 21 passes in the two years since he was the ninth overall pick in the draft. But this year, Ross says, things feel different.

Ross credited new Bengals head coach Zac Taylor with bringing a type of teamwork and competitiveness that was lacking in years past.

“The energy is completely different,” Ross told ESPN. “Everyone is just having a good time. Even in the locker room. It’s not just on the field. We come in here, and we’re in there playing basketball, we’re in the weight room having a good time, we’re in the locker room or training room and everyone is smiling. I know the season hasn’t started yet, but it’s good to see. It’s a good sign of good things coming.”

Ross was the subject of trade speculation during the offseason, but talks never went anywhere, perhaps because Ross hasn’t done anything to make any team want to trade for him. He’ll have to show on the field that he can be a part of a different energy in Cincinnati.

22 responses to “John Ross: Bengals’ energy is completely different this year

  1. Ross was the subject of trade speculation during the offseason, but talks never went anywhere, perhaps because Ross hasn’t done anything to make any team want to trade for him.

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    Trade speculation was only in the media. Keep feeding your own narrative though. The team stated all along that those rumors were baseless. Taylor reached out to Ross immediately to squash it.

  2. He may be a “disappointment” but his TD numbers aren’t. Give him some credit.

  3. Ross was the subject of trade speculation during the offseason, but talks never went anywhere, perhaps because Ross hasn’t done anything to make any team want to trade for him~~~~~~~~~~

    I really hated it when they picked an undersized, speed receiver with an injury history ninth overall when there were so many better options available. But to say a player who scored 7 TDS last years has some value. I’d also say that he came into the team in Lewis’s doghouse and once you get in there you’re done for.

  4. Marvin clearly was not all in on Ross from the beginning. I’m not going to say Ross is going to be a number 1 guy but this team doesn’t need him to be. I’ll take 7 touchdowns out of my third receiver any day. If he can build on last year and stay healthy he could turn into a good weapon for this team.

  5. FACT: Andy Dalton was the real reason for the seven touchdowns

    Sure… 210 yards in two seasons is bad… but…
    … 7 tds is 8 less than the leading nfl wide receiver.

    Calvin Ridley only had 10 tds.
    Julio Jones only had 8 tds.
    Mike Evans only had 8 tds.
    juju yap-yapalot only had 7tds.

  6. Bengals fan here. Ross is a bust. Taylor will give him a shot, which is fair, but I don’t expect anything out of him. He doesn’t step up this year, he is gone.

  7. The Bengals Do have a new energy and I expect them to surprise most people this season. I do not expect Ross to play a big part. He is talented but he is both mentally and physically weak and should spend most of his time on the sideline dealing with minor injuries and confidence issues. Those trader rumors were false. Teams were calling about Alex Erickson though because he is actually a better player than Ross but is stuck on the bench because Ross was such a high draft pick.

  8. I think they just didn’t use him in a way that maximized his ability. The fastest guy in the league went deep a fraction as much as he should have. Someone with his speed should be a constant threat to burn the other teams over the top and they just didn’t do it enough to make other teams worry about it. When he’s not going deep, they should motion all the time with him. Jet sweeps, reverses, etc. None of it happened, or at least happened consistently. Hopefully the new scheme will play to his strengths and he’ll have a solid year.

  9. For a bust he’s going to walk away with over 17 million in 4 years. Not bad at all.

  10. I can’t help but think the Bengals will be immediately better now that Lewis is gone.

  11. Memo to Ross -be in the right place, see the ball into your hands, catch and hold on, run like hell as if your job depends on it and you’ll be successful!

  12. As a Ravens’ fan, honestly the Bengals have as good of a shot at winning the AFC North as the other 3 teams, especially the media darling Browns. I won’t be surprised at all if they do.

  13. Loving the city of Cincinnati I’ve always been a closet Bengals fan. On the surface the AFC North looks ripe for the taking, but the Ravens always end up being more competitive than people think. The Bengals need more grit at QB, that’s why I was hoping they’d grab Keenum from Denver. He can’t throw it like the ‘red rocket’ but his knack for keeping plays alive would mesh well with a standout like AJ Green. Ross? See: Treadwell/Minnesota.

  14. My main complaint with Lewis was that he wouldn’t let the young guys play. In 16 years AJ Green and Andy Dalton were the only two offensive rookies to get serious playing time. Marvin wasn’t sold on Ross so Ross sat. It’s hard to excel from the bench, although he did score 7 TDs last year. It’s fairly simple, let Ross play. If he’s not up to it, put him back on the bench.

  15. As a Bengals fan, it kills me knowing that Patrick Mahomes was taken with the pick after Ross. Talk about a franchise altering mistake.

  16. b412 says:
    June 15, 2019 at 3:05 pm
    My main complaint with Lewis was that he wouldn’t let the young guys play. In 16 years AJ Green and Andy Dalton were the only two offensive rookies to get serious playing time. Marvin wasn’t sold on Ross so Ross sat. It’s hard to excel from the bench, although he did score 7 TDs last year. It’s fairly simple, let Ross play. If he’s not up to it, put him back on the bench.
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    Have to agree. Tyler Boyd has developed into a solid #2 WR, and that was after getting next to no chances. His first two years he had a combined 3 TDs and 828 yards on 76 receptions. Better on the receptions than Ross, but not on the TDs.

    I’m not saying Boyd and Ross will end up being the same level – but we’re definitely in agreement that if Marvin had a chance to sit the young guys he did (and for whatever reason, that was usually the case with wide receivers). AJ is the only guy since the last rebuild to get looks right away. Even Sanu and Jones felt under-utilized until the second half of their contracts

  17. 21 catches in 2yrs, why does this guy still have a job?

    Can you spell B-U-S-T?

  18. Pat Mahomes would have been eaten alive behind that O-line the last two years. Doesn’t have the supporting cast like in KC. No, Travis Kelce or Tyreek Hill. Defense hasn’t kept the offense off the field. V

  19. Just remember the TDs that Ross had were red/end zone TDs. With a healthy Eifert (can he be healthy?) or their TE draft pick, Ross may get fewer chances to get the ball in the red zone.

    Remember, he dropped a lot of passes outside of the red zone and, due to his short height compared to average NFL DBs, he has to get 5 yards open on downfield routes or the catch will be contested/intercepted, which was another of his problems last year.

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