WR John Ross - New York Giants
|5-11, 188||Born: 11-27-1994||College: Washington||Drafted: Round 1, pick 9 (2017)|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2017 Week 2 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Ross made his NFL debut, but it was a short one. Midway through the first quarter, he took an end around and showed off his blazing speed running for a 12-yard gain before taking a big hit and fumbling. Jadeveon Clowney returned it 49 yards the other way and changed the momentum of the game. Ross didn't touch the ball again after the mistake. He played just five snaps.
2017 Week 8 vs IND (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ross was on the active roster for the second time this season but played just five snaps and was targeted only once. He missed the entirety of OTAs and nearly all of training camp and still seems a long ways off from making any meaningful contributions.
2017 Week 10 vs TEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ross was active but played just 6-of-51 snaps. He was targeted on a deep ball early and the pass was thrown well by Dalton but Ross seemed to pull up in the middle of the route and just stopped running. To say things are progressing slowly for the rookie first-rounder would be an understatement.