John Ross
John Ross
24-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Cincinnati Bengals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After a lost rookie year due to injuries, the ninth pick in the 2017 draft played 13 games last season. That was the good news. The bad news is Ross caught a meager 21 of his 58 targets (36 percent), thanks in part to six drops, and despite his blazing speed only three of those catches were for 20-plus yards, and none for 40-plus. That he somehow caught seven touchdowns is one of the great mysteries of our time. With new coach Zac Taylor in place, Ross should at least get a clean slate. Taylor gushed about Ross' college tape, and it's hard not to be enamored by his workout metrics - at 5-11, 190, he ran a scorching 4.22 40, an NFL combine record. He also had a 37-inch vertical leap and 133-inch broad jump. Ross figures to be the team's deep threat, albeit as a distant third option for targets behind A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. But Green's been increasingly prone to injuries as he's aged, and Ross has the physical skills to be a star should opportunities come his way. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $17.12 million contract with the Bengals in May of 2017.
Inconsistent so far
WRCincinnati Bengals
June 14, 2019
Ross missed some practices during the offseason program and was inconsistent when he was on the field, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Ross is getting a fresh start under a new coaching staff but doesn't seem to be taking advantage of the opportunity so far. He had a perplexing 21-210-7 receiving line on 58 targets (3.6 YPT) last season, proving useful in the red zone while struggling badly in all other areas of the field. The Bengals still hope he can develop into a deep threat, as his record-setting time in the 40-yard dash (4.22 seconds) presumably played a big role in the team's decision to draft him at No. 9 overall in 2017. The 24-year-old has an unusually lengthy medical record for a player his age, with the list of knee issues alone including an ACL tear, two meniscus tears and microfracture surgery. On the bright side, Ross faces weak competition for the No. 3 wideout job, squaring off against Alex Erickson, Josh Malone, Cody Core and Auden Tate.
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How do John Ross' 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
59.2
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.28
 
% Team Air Yards
18.0%
 
% Team Targets
11.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
13.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
36.2%
 
Drop Rate
10.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.1
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do John Ross' measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
190 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.22 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.0 in
 
Broad Jump
133 in
 
Hand Length
8.75 in
 
Arm Length
31.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
The ninth overall pick in last year's draft, Ross had a lost rookie season, missing 13 games with a knee injury and a torn labrum in his shoulder. At 5-11, 188, he has just average size, but he might be the fastest player in the league, as he ran a jaw-dropping 4.22 40 in 2017 to set a combine record. A.J. Green is still the team's undisputed No. 1 target, but Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd aren't serious obstacles when Ross is healthy, which he should be this season. At press time, his shoulder, on which he had surgery in December, has healed, and he's expected to be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp. Just keep in mind the 23-year old entered the NFL with a medical history that included an ACL tear, two meniscus tears and microfracture surgery.
The ninth overall pick in the draft, Ross arrives in a crowded situation. Not only do the Bengals have a dominant No. 1 in A.J. Green, but established veteran Brandon LaFell, last year's second-rounder Tyler Boyd and top pass-catching tight end Tyler Eifert will also be involved. Throw in two pass-catching backs -- Gio Bernard and rookie Joe Mixon -- and it's hard to see Ross carving out a huge role. At 5-11, 190, Ross has average size for a normal wideout, but he ran a 4.22 40 at the Combine, the fastest time ever recorded. That gives him a bigger catch radius than the DeSean Jacksons and J.J. Nelsons of the world as he streaks behind defenses. A shoulder surgery kept him out of offseason team activities, and Ross had an ACL tear and two meniscus tears during college, but he's expected to be healthy for the start of training camp.
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Getting a chance with new coaches
WRCincinnati Bengals
April 17, 2019
Coach Zac Taylor said he'll see what Ross can put on tape, noting that the 24-year-old wide receiver was "electric" in college, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
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Not on trade block
WRCincinnati Bengals
February 27, 2019
Bengals executive Duke Tobin said the team hasn't engaged in any internal or external discussions about trading Ross, Geoff Hobson of the team's official site reports.
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Available for trade
WRCincinnati Bengals
February 26, 2019
The Bengals are looking to trade Ross, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Poor line in season finale
WRCincinnati Bengals
December 30, 2018
Ross was held to one catch for one yard on five targets in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. He finishes the season with 21 catches for 210 yards. albeit with seven touchdowns.
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Logs touchdown No. 7 of 2018
WRCincinnati Bengals
December 23, 2018
Ross only corralled one of his five targets during Sunday's 26-18 loss to Cleveland, but that reception went for a three-yard touchdown. He added seven rushing yards on one carry.
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