WR John Ross - Cincinnati Bengals

5-11, 188Born: 11-27-1994College: WashingtonDrafted: Round 1, pick 2017

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16 at MIA 71 2 6 0 13 6.0 84 0 0 9
17 vs CLE 47 1 -2 0 5 2.0 42 0 0 4

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

John Ross's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 17 vs CLE (5 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)

Ross continues to show too much inconsistency. He had one deep ball opportunity in the first half that he made a strong effort on. He wasn't open but made the most of his shot at a contested catch opportunity by leaping over the safety and getting a hand on it to at least prevent the interception. The Bengals went back to him on another deep ball and he didn't make the same effort, getting his feet twisted while tracking it and not making much of a play on the ball. The weak effort made it an easy interception for the cornerback. Ross also had a short pass go right through his hands. Despite the two mistakes, Dalton continued to go back to Ross. The two connected for a 14-yard gain on a slow developing crossing route and then hooked up for a 28-yard pick up on the very next play. Ross created massive separation on a deep out route for what was a fairly easy completion.

2019 Week 16 vs MIA (13 / 6 / 84 / 0 rec, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)

Ross played his most snaps of the season (71) and trailed only Tyler Boyd with his 13 targets. He got a chance on a deep ball down the left sideline early but wasn't able to go haul it in despite gaining a bit of separation. He was able to come down with a 34-yard catch on another fade route deep down the left sideline on the next drive, however. He was able to make the contested catch over his shoulder. Ross had two more deep ball opportunities deep down the left sideline that weren't particularly close to being completed. One was well covered. The other Ross had a step but Dalton's pass was off target. Ross had a drop on an intermediate route. The ball was thrown slightly outside but he had both hands on it and should have been able to pull it in for a 15-yard gain.

2019 Week 15 vs NE (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Any early-season momentum Ross generated prior to his injury has not carried over. Despite two of the Bengals top three receivers being out, Ross played just 38% of the snaps and wasn't targeted until the game was out of hand in the fourth quarter. He got open on a deep out route for a 20-yard pickup. Dalton later took a shot to Ross on a go route deep down the left sideline. The pass was slightly under-thrown but Ross made a terrible effort to try to come back and make the catch and the cornerback was able to intercept it. It would have taken a spectacular effort for Ross to have come down with the contested catch but he didn't even make much of an attempt to try to knock it away from the corner. It was the type of soft play that has plagued Ross through his first three seasons.

2019 Week 14 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

Ross was activated off of injured reserve and saw his first action since Week 4, playing 51% of the snaps in his return. Many of those snaps came in the second half after Auden Tate was injured. He had a short gain on a comeback route. Ross was flagged for a holding penalty downfield on a long Joe Mixon run that cost the Bengals nearly 30 yards. Ross has a 24-yard catch in garbage time. He was wide open on a crossing route after his defender tripped.

2019 Week 4 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

Ross made a sweet one-handed grab on a pass thrown slightly behind him over the middle for a 14-yard gain. He made an 11-yard catch on a comeback route look easy. The defensive back, respecting Ross' speed, gave him a big cushion and Ross was able to come off the line with speed and then throw on the brakes for the out cut and create a ton of separation in the process. Ross made a nice contested catch for an 11-yard gain on an in route but left the game with a shoulder injury after being spun down on the tackle. He was spotted in a sling after the game and his status is very much in doubt for Week 5.

2019 Week 3 vs BUF (6 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Ross started the game with an inexcusable drop on a short comeback route. The ball bounced right off of his hands. It was at least his fifth drop of the season. His next target, Dalton's arm was hit and the ball didn't come within 20 yards of Ross. The rough day for Ross continued when he fumbled after a 7-yard catch. Micah Hyde made a nice play to punch the ball out but Ross should have been carrying it in his left arm instead of his right as he turned upfield along the left sideline. Ross made a beautiful stop-and-go move where he blew past the defender and had a couple steps down the right sideline. It might have gone for a long touchdown but Ross couldn't extend far enough to make the catch. It was a little bit of an overthrow from Dalton but the kind of catchable pass a top receiver usually finds a way to make a play on. Ross isn't that type of player yet. He made a nice 15-yard catch on a sweet comeback route, showing off his elite ability to stop on a dime and accelerate out of his break. The Ross roller coaster continues. His speed and quickness are top notch but the drops and other mistakes are hard to live with.

2019 Week 2 vs SF (8 / 4 / 112 / 1 rec)

Ross led the receivers by playing 86% of the snaps and is the clear No. 2 target in the offense behind Boyd while A.J. Green is sidelined. He didn't have much success against Richard Sherman, who was able to stick right with Ross on a couple deep ball attempts. Ross was credited with a short reception on a jet sweep that Dalton tapped forward into Ross' hands as he cut across right in front of him. Ross had a long catch and run of 34 yards on a 3rd-and-2 slant catch. He was able to get inside the cornerback for the easy catch and then showed tremendous burst to pick up a big chunk of yards after the catch. He had a bad drop on a short pass but it probably wouldn't have gained yardage anyway. Ross scored a garbage time 66-yard touch-down against the 49ers backups in the final seconds of the game. He caught the ball on a post route about 20 yards downfield and then accelerated past the safety and was off to the races.

2019 Week 1 vs SEA (12 / 7 / 158 / 2 rec)

To say it was a career day for Ross would be an understatement. In two previous seasons, he managed just 210 receiving yards total and nearly doubled that on Sunday with his 158-yard performance. Despite the eye-popping numbers, there were plays Ross left on the field. On the opening drive, Ross stumbled out of his break on a deep post route and had the ball bounce off of his chest, nearly being intercept-ed. A couple plays later, he couldn't quite scoop out a low throw by Dalton. Under previous coaching staffs, Ross might not have received any more opportunities after the slow start but Taylor stuck with Ross. He played 82% of the snaps and was the first read on many plays throughout the game. Ross benefitted from the Seahawks paying extra attention to Boyd. He made an early 20-yard grab out of a five wide receiver formation in which he was the middle receiver of the three lined up to the right. Boyd, lined up inside of Ross, ran straight down the middle and drew two defenders which opened up the middle for Ross to cut into the opening behind him for the long gain. Ross had a 6-yard catch called back due to illegal formation. Ross scored a 33-yard touchdown on a flea-flicker. Ross ran a wheel route down the right sideline and the trickery allowed him to get behind the defender. He caught the ball inside the 10-yard line and made a nice cut after the catch to elude a defender near the goal line and get into the end zone. Ross had an awful drop just before the half but Dalton went right back to him the next play and connected on a 55-yard touchdown with less than 20 seconds left in the first half. Ross ran a deep post and had some separation from the cornerback. The safety tried to undercut the pass but misjudged it, which allowed it to sail over his head and right into the arms of Ross. Ross grabbed a 24-yard pass on an out route, showing off his ability to run full speed and then stop and cut quickly. Ross has struggled with his confidence, so the huge Week 1 could be a springboard to big things.


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