John Ross hoping year three is the charm

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John Ross has played 16 games since the Bengals made him the ninth overall choice in 2017. He has missed 16 with injuries.

The Bengals receiver is out of training camp with a hamstring issue.

This much is obvious: The pressure is on Ross to stay healthy and play well.

“It’s got to be my best year,” Ross said, via John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I think every year you should want it to be your best year. The expectations I have for myself for this year are way beyond what I’ve done last year and the year before. It’s definitely a huge year. More so for all of us. I’m not a stat guy or anything like that. I kind of want to bring the city something more than just an All-Pro receiver. It’s more of us building together and doing something big for everyone.”

Ross said he is awaiting clearance from Nick Cosgray, the club’s director of rehabilitation and performance.

“I don’t think it’s on me,” Ross said. “Like I said, I think it’s beyond me. Because if it was up to me, I would’ve been out here Day One and every single day.”

The Bengals need Ross more than they have ever needed him with A.J. Green expected to miss the start of the season after ankle surgery. But he’s got to get back on the field first and then stay on the field.

6 responses to “John Ross hoping year three is the charm

  1. If you’re a receiver and haven’t did anything your first two seasons, you’re not gonna do much in your career.

  2. Reality is, he is never going to be the Antonio Brown, Beandon Cooks, DeSean Jackson type player we hoped he would be. He cant play outside and dominate as a number 1 or 2.

    But if Taylor can maximize and incorporate his speed and elusiveness into the new offense when AJ gets back, he can still be a valuable contributor.

  3. Ross was waste of a first round pick. He is too short, smaller than most NFL DBs and thus does not defend well passes thrown into coverage and is always injured. He was just sooo fast at the combine that they had to draft him – but you cannot overcome his major lack of height issue. On a fly pattern, it makes it difficult for the QB to throw over the defender without overthrowing Ross, as even with speed, he can’t beat the defender by enough to make the throw easier on the QB. As a result, the ball is knocked down or intercepted or he drops the pass. Crossing routes is all he can do in the NFL due to the height issue.

    Finally, if the Bengals are being conservative on Ross’ return, what are they going to do with AJ?

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