WR John Ross - Cincinnati Bengals
|5-11, 188||Born: 11-27-1994||College: Washington||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2017|
Week 20: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
John Ross's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 17 vs PIT (5 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Another week, another disappointing performance from Ross. He managed just a single yard despite seeing five targets. His lone catch was a short gain on a wide re-ceiver screen. Ross had a bad drop on an out route that simply bounced off of his hands. None of the other incompletions in his direction were egregious but it was still notable Ross wasn't able to make plays when needed. He actually made a nice ad-justment on a jump ball down the right sideline, coming back and out-leaping Joe Haden but wasn't able to complete the catch. In the final minutes of the game, the Bengals went to Ross on a 3rd-and-7 near the goal line. He got separation on a slant route from the slot but had the ball popped out when he took a hit. It was a bang-bang play that was nearly a fumble because he had the ball in his hands and took half a step before the hit. Ross simply needs to play tougher and do a better job of playing through contact if he is to have a real role moving forward.
2018 Week 16 vs CLE (5 / 1 / 3 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Ross showed a little bit of toughness on an end around. He was met a few yards past the line of scrimmage but was able to twist and push his way for a gain of seven yards. His first target was uncatchable, thrown too high along the sideline. He had a bad drop on a ball straight through his hands on what would have been a short gain. Ross wasn't able to make the tough catch on a quick wide receiver screen that was thrown too high. In what has been a theme of late, Ross' only catch came on a short touchdown. He ran a slant route and then cut it back to the outside as Driskel rolled left and hit him for the 3-yard score. Despite another touchdown catch, it was telling that Ross wasn't a big factor even with the Bengals top three pass catchers all side-lined. A couple of the throws weren't great but the lack of efficiency -- pulling in just one of five targets -- was on Ross as well.
2018 Week 15 vs OAK (5 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
The Bengals took a deep shot to Ross on the opening possession. He caught the ball but wasn't able to get either foot down in bounds. Ross has to do a better job of holding his ground against bump and run coverage to give the quarterback some room to work with along the sideline. Cincinnati took another deep shot to Ross on their next possession. This time, Ross got behind the defense on a deep post and would have had a long touchdown if the ball was not under thrown. Instead, the poor pass was intercepted. Ross' lone catch was a quick screen on third and long. Ross took a pitch on an end around for a short gain. Ross had a bad day as a blocker, with a block in the back on a big gain by Alex Erickson especially costly. He also had a holding penalty on another Erickson catch. Ross couldn't make a play along the side of the end zone on a crossing route. With the Bengals desperate for Ross to emerge, he continues to disappoint.
2018 Week 14 vs LAC (4 / 2 / 11 / 1 rec)
Ross grabbed a 6-yard touchdown on a crossing route. The Bengals lined up with three receivers to the right and had two of them run crossing routes against the Chargers zone. This flooded the middle and caused the linebacker to let Ross run free for the easy catch. Crossers to Ross near the goal line have been the Bengals go-to red zone passing play since A.J. Green went out. This is the third touchdown in five weeks he has caught on a crossing route. Ross drew a pair of pass interference penalties, including on a key 3rd-down late that setup the Bengals final touchdown and two-point attempt to tie.
2018 Week 13 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Ross made it look easy on an 11-yard catch on a comeback route. His deep speed forces cornerbacks to give a big cushion. It was a quiet day for Ross, who was just 5th on the team in targets despite playing 88% of the snaps. He is clearly behind Tyler Boyd, C.J. Uzomah and the running backs in the pecking order for targets.
2018 Week 12 vs CLE (7 / 3 / 31 / 1 rec)
Ross made an early 17-yard catch over the middle. He leaped high and extended away from his body to pull it in and hung on through contact. While the yards have been tough to come by, Ross has been finding the end zone regularly and extended his touchdown streak with a 2-yard grab. He motioned across the formation to the right side and took advantage of a rub route from the slot receiver to create some separation and then sat down in a hole in the zone for an easy touchdown.
2018 Week 11 vs BAL (7 / 2 / 27 / 1 rec)
Ross played nearly every snap and was second on the team in targets. He wasn't able to get much separation against sticky coverage from the Ravens cornerbacks. Despite the rocky outing, Ross was able to make one highlight play. He ran a fade into the end zone and was able to come down with the 22-yard touchdown despite Marlon Humphrey being draped all over him. In fact, Humphrey had his arm between the ball and Ross' chest but Ross was somehow able to pin the ball to his own chest and Humphrey's arm and maintain possession as he hit the ground.
2018 Week 10 vs NO (6 / 2 / 39 / 1 rec)
Ross looks like he will be a major part of the offense with A.J. Green out. He led the team in targets and made a couple plays. His elite speed allowed him to easily separate from the cornerback on a crossing route along the back line of the end zone and made sure to get both feet down in bounds for a 2-yard touchdown on the opening drive. Ross didn't have another catch until grabbing a 37-yard fade route in garbage time from backup Jeff Driskel. It was the type of play the Bengals need Ross to make more of. He got behind the defender and was able to hold on even though the cornerback got his hands on the ball trying to knock it loose. Ross needs to show more toughness and fight. He was targeted on a deep ball in the end zone on the final drive of the half. While the ball never should have been thrown, Ross did Andy Dalton no favors by not attacking the ball in the air. Instead, he looked like he wanted to fade away and hope the ball would just drop into his hands. It didn't. A safety cut in front of Ross for the interception and then returned the ball deep into Bengals territory to setup a touchdown that put the game away early. The second interception also came on a target in Ross' direction but the ball was tipped at the line and popped high into the air.
2018 Week 7 vs KC (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Bengals took an early deep shot to Ross but his feet got tangled up with the cornerback and he fell down while the ball was in the air.
2018 Week 4 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 52 / 1 rec)
Ross lined up in the slot and sprinted straight down the seam, easily getting behind the defender in zone coverage for a 39-yard touchdown late in the first half. Unfortunately, he pulled his groin on the play and limped off. He was able to return to action early in the second half and made a spectacular 13-yard, diving catch with a double toe-tap along the sideline. The Bengals took a deep shot to Ross down the right sideline midway through the third quarter and he came up limping again after the play and went to the bench for the remainder of the game. The injury doesn't appear overly serious and Ross should be available next week but a nagging muscle strain can be a real problem for a player whose game is built upon speed. Despite the injury, it was a great sign Ross was able to bounce back with a good game after an ex-tremely rough outing last week.
2018 Week 3 vs CAR (7 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
It was another brutal outing for Ross, who needs to show more focus, effort, and toughness. Ross was at least partially at fault for two interceptions. The first was a jump ball where Ross made a mediocre effort and the cornerback simply went up more aggressively and made the play on the ball over Ross. The second, Ross was double covered on a post route and gave up on the play. Dalton threw the ball anyway and it was easily intercepted. Ross also got a step on a defender on a post route and could have had a 50-yard touchdown, but let the ball go right through his hands. Ross had a nice 8-yard catch on a slant from the slot and was tackled just short of the end zone. He held on through contact to setup the Bengals second touchdown on the next play.
2018 Week 2 vs BAL (4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Ross had a rough game. He had a bad drop on a short slant route, with the ball bouncing right off of his hands. He had another ball bounce off of his hands on a short out route. It would have been a relatively tough catch, but still one he should have made. His lone catch came on an 8-yard catch-and-run that came up short of the sticks on 3rd-and-long late in the game. Ross was on the field for 59% of the snaps but has not been a big part of the Bengals offense yet. He has plenty of time to emerge, as he has played only played 102 snaps in his young career. But the early returns this season aren't promising as he continues to struggle through some inconsistency.
2018 Week 1 vs IND (2 / 1 / 3 / 1 rec)
Ross played 65% of the snaps and was on the field every time the Bengals went to three wide receivers (which is the base offense). Andy Dalton looked his way early on a go route but press coverage forced Ross close to the sideline and Dalton had to throw it away. Ross caught a 3rd yard touchdown on a fade route. He badly beat the press attempt of the defensive back off the line with his quickness and made it look easy, catching the ball in the back of the end zone.
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