|Date of Birth:||11/27/1994|
|Drafted:||2017 | Round 1 | Pick 9|
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The Bengals are declining John Ross' fifth-year option, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Cincinnati just drafted Clemson receiver Tee Higgins at the top of the second round, so this is not a big surprise for the former No. 9 overall pick. Tyler Boyd remains under contract long-term for the Bengals, but both Ross and Pro Bowler A.J. Green (on the franchise tag) are entering contract years as things stand. Ross is still a favorite to start at receiver for the Bengals this season after averaging 18.1 yards per reception in 2019, and he'll look to play well and earn a lucrative contract with Cincinnati or another team next offseason.
John Ross (shoulder) is expected to play in Week 14.
Head coach Zac Taylor expects the former first-round pick back in the lineup against Cleveland, so he should probably be picked up in all formats as a high-upside FLEX option with Andy Dalton under center for Cincinnati. The sample size is obviously small, but in four September games, Ross was on a season-long pace of 64 receptions, 1,312 yards, and 12 touchdowns. His return should boost the entire offense coming off their first win of the year.
John Ross (shoulder) has been cleared to practice.
Ross is officially a designated-to-return player off injured reserve, and he can practice with the team for three weeks before he must be activated ahead of the Week 13 matchup against the Browns to play again this season. So the dynamic receiver is eligible to return for that Week 13 game, which will be after the required eight missed games while on injured reserve. Ross was off to a strong start in Zac Taylor's offense, and he's worth a look as a potent big-play threat in deeper leagues in particular.
The Bengals placed John Ross (shoulder) on injured reserve.
It was reported yesterday that Ross would miss a month or so with his shoulder injury, but now he'll miss at least two months with the injury. The Bengals say Ross is dealing with a sternoclavicular injury, and we expect he might be able to return after eight weeks as a designated-to-return player. Ross had been enjoying a strong third season, with 16 receptions for 328 yards and three touchdowns through four games. We hope to see him back on the field later this year, but you can drop him if you need bench space.
John Ross (shoulder) is expected to miss multiple games, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
Ross injured his right shoulder—which he previously had surgery on—in last night's loss to the Steelers. Garafolo says the speedy receiver could miss "a month or so" with the injury. This is terrible luck for Ross, who had remained healthy and had a very strong first quarter of the season. Hopefully we see the former first-round pick back on the field soon—and hopefully A.J. Green (ankle) is back by then to help form one of the league's better receiving groups. Hold Ross on fantasy rosters if you have the space on your bench or IR spot.
John Ross (right shoulder) is officially questionable to return for the Bengals.
Ross was slammed on his right shoulder after catching an in-breaking route, and he was in obvious pain before jogging over to the sideline and hanging his right arm. The dynamic receiver previously had surgery on that right shoulder, which makes this situation more concerning. Hopefully the injury isn't too serious, but don't expect Ross to return to tonight's game with Cincinnati down 24-3 with under ten minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Before leaving, Ross caught three passes for 36 yards. A couple of huge performances to open the season obviously helped a ton, but Ross is on pace for 52 receptions for 1,312 yards and 12 touchdowns at the quarter-mark in the season.
John Ross (hamstring) returned to Bengals practice.
This is Ross' first practice this preseason, so he's behind the eight-ball a bit in new head coach Zac Taylor's offense. The former first-round pick has the speed and ability to make an impact, but he's not a highly recommended choice in fantasy drafts at the moment.
John Ross is expected to miss at least two weeks with a hamstring injury.
Geoff Hobson of the Bengals’ official website writes that Ross is “possibly staring at two weeks off with a hamstring issue.” It was thought that Ross was only dealing with hamstring tightness, but it sounds worse than that if he’s going to be out for a couple of weeks—and that two weeks might just be the minimum. With A.J. Green (ankle) already out for several weeks, this is really bad news for the Bengals; and it’s worse news for Ross, who has dealt with the injury bug since entering the league as a first-round pick in 2017 and was getting acclimated to a new offense giving him a fresh start. Things can change, but Ross isn’t likely to be selected in most fantasy drafts.
The Bengals say they have no plans to trade John Ross.
Bengals Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin says the team has had no talks internally or externally and no plans to trade the 2017 first-round receiver. This comes a day after NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the Bengals were shopping Ross, which appears to be totally untrue based on Tobin's stance. We didn't think it made much sense for Cincinnati to look at trading the ultra-fast Washington product after he was able to score seven touchdowns last season despite it being another down year overall, and you can expect he'll remain with the Bengals in 2019. Year 3 is a breakout year for many receivers, and Ross will look to create more big plays down the field after averaging 10.0 yards per reception last season.
The Bengals are shopping John Ross, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
With all teams in Indianapolis to scout and talk to players, the NFL Combine is a good spot for a discussion of potential trades. The new coaching staff in Cincinnati apparently wants to part ways with the ultra-fast third-year receiver, and Rapoport says it sounds like "a fresh start would be welcome by both parties." While Ross battled injuries and some inconsistency through two seasons, he hauled in seven touchdowns last season as a reliable target in scoring territory—we're not sure why the team is apparently giving up on him so quickly. There should be plenty of teams interested in the Washington product, and the Bengals can probably get a mid-round pick in return for him.
John Ross catches one pass in season finale loss.
It went for one yard, as Ross struggled to make an impact on five targets. The No. 9 pick of the 2017 NFL Draft ends his second season with 21 receptions for 210 yards and seven touchdowns, and the Bengals will hope he reaches his potential as a dynamic deep threat in 2019. Ross is still looking for his first reception of 40+ yards.
John Ross scores in Week 16 loss.
Ross caught one pass for a three-yard touchdown and also rushed once for a gain of seven yards. The speedster has just 20 receptions for 209 yards this year, but he's found the end zone seven times and will look to finally have a big game in the season finale next Sunday in Pittsburgh. Ross is still looking for his first reception of 40+ yards.
John Ross catches one pass in Week 15.
Ross gained six yards on his lone reception versus Oakland, also adding one carry for three yards. Jeff Driskel appeared to have Ross open for a long touchdown, but the pass was underthrown and intercepted. With Tyler Boyd (knee) looking likely to miss time, the 2017 first-rounder Ross could emerge as the clear No. 1 receiver for Cincinnati over the final two games of the season. He's worth a look as a waiver-wire pickup, though whether or not he's a recommended play for fantasy titles might depend on Browns cornerback Denzel Ward's status for next Sunday's matchup.
John Ross scores in Week 14 loss.
Ross caught two passes for 11 yards, including a six-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The 2017 first-round pick hasn't broken out with just 200 yards this season, but he has found the end zone six times, including in four of the past five games. Ross will look to get behind the Oakland defense next week.
John Ross catches two passes in Week 13.
Ross gained 13 yards on his two receptions versus the Broncos, and he also had one carry for two yards. The explosive second-year receiver isn't a recommended fantasy option in standard-sized leagues at the moment.
John Ross scores in Week 12.
Ross caught three passes for 31 yards and a touchdown against the Browns. The score was a two-yarder on a short pass over the middle where Ross made himself available for Andy Dalton to put the ball on him. This makes it three straight weeks with a touchdown for Ross since returning from his groin injury, and he has five touchdowns on the season. The big plays haven't been there, but it's good to see the 2017 first-rounder contributing for Cincinnati.
John Ross makes highlight touchdown grab in Week 11 loss.
Ross caught two-of-seven passes for 27 yards, including a 22-yard score where he leaped to make the catch through a Baltimore defender and showed tremendous footwork on the boundary. He hasn't taken the leap many hoped for this year, but the 2017 first-round pick has four touchdowns this year, including a score in each of the past two games with A.J. Green out of the lineup. Ross might be able to take advantage of Cleveland's corners other than Denzel Ward in Week 12, but he's just a volatile FLEX option.
John Ross scores in Bengals' loss.
Ross caught a first-quarter touchdown on a two-yard reception on a route across the back of the end zone where he used his great speed to get open. Overall, the second-year receiver caught two passes (on a team-high six targets) for 39 yards and a touchdown. Ross has a tough matchup next week against a Ravens team that will look to contain the speedster.
John Ross was a full participant in today's practice.
The second-year receiver is set to return to the lineup this week against the Saints. The bye week gave Ross time to recover from the groin injury that kept him out of action for a few weeks, and his return comes at the perfect time with A.J. Green now out with a toe injury. Ross has some upside versus New Orleans, but he also carries a low floor in Week 10 fantasy lineups.
John Ross (groin) has been ruled out for Week 8.
Ross is week-to-week with his groin injury, so he was expected to miss this game. The Bengals have a bye next week, so perhaps that'll give the second-year receiver enough time to be ready for their next game in Week 10 against the Saints.
John Ross (groin) is expected to miss a few weeks, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
Ross re-aggravated the injury in Sunday night's loss to the Chiefs. It's unfortunate the track-speed receiver has been unable to stay healthy his first two NFL seasons, but hopefully he can make a full recovery and become a major difference-maker down the stretch this season. Ross doesn't need to be owned in redraft fantasy leagues.
John Ross held without a reception in loss to the Chiefs.
Ross was targeted just once as Andy Dalton locked onto A.J. Green for 14-of-29 throws. The Bucs are certainly beatable next week, but Ross carries a zero-point floor behind Green and Tyler Boyd, so it's probably best to look elsewhere.
John Ross (groin) practiced fully today.
Ross should be ready to go for Sunday night against the Chiefs, but we'll update you if he has a setback. The second-year receiver has some FLEX appeal against Kansas City's secondary in a potential high-scoring affair.
John Ross (groin) is inactive for Week 6.
Ross will miss his second straight game with the groin injury suffered in Week 4. As the team looks to get him close to 100% and ready to get back on the field, we’ll see if he’s ready for next Sunday night’s big matchup against the Chiefs.
John Ross (groin) is questionable for Week 6.
Ross was limited in practice and is trying to return after missing last week’s game. The Bengals could use the 2017 first-rounder in a potential shootout with the Steelers, who can be beaten deep. Ross’ status will be known by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday.
John Ross (groin) has been ruled out for this Sunday.
Ross was able to get in a limited practice session on Wednesday, but the groin is apparently still giving him issues. The second-year receiver was able to finish out last Sunday's game with the injury, so hopefully it's not too serious and he can get back out there for Week 6 against the Steelers.
John Ross (groin) did not practice today.
After a limited practice sessions yesterday, Ross is trending in the wrong direction for Week 5. He's looking like questionable at best when the official injury designations for the game are released tomorrow.
John Ross (groin) was limited in practice.
Ross was in discomfort after his long touchdown in Sunday's win over the Falcons, but he continued to play through it, indicating he'll continue to do so this weekend against the Dolphins. Check back in for Mixon's practice status tomorrow and Friday, though.
John Ross catches long touchdown in Week 4.
Ross got behind the defense for a 38-yard touchdown, and he had two receptions for 52 yards and the score overall in the game. The second-year receiver appeared to come up limping on the touchdown (unless it was a celebration of some sort), but he remained in the game. Ross is on a 16-game pace of 28 receptions, 316 yards, and eight touchdowns through four games, but he should up that yards-per-reception moving forward.
John Ross caught three passes for 16 yards in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.
Ross was contained again as Tyler Boyd went off for the second-straight week, and the 2017 first-round pick has just 27 yards and a score so far this season. Perhaps he will get going in what should be a high-scoring affair next Sunday against Atlanta, but Dan Quinn's defense is arguably the best in the league at avoiding the deep ball; that said, starting safeties Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal are both out for the year, so maybe Ross can get behind the defense.
John Ross handles two touches in win over the Ravens.
Ross rushed once for negative-three yards and caught an eight-yard pass. The speedster was held without a reception for most of the game, but he nearly picked up a first down in the fourth quarter on a catch in traffic before the Bengals settled for a field goal. Ross has immense upside, but Cincinnati has struggled to get him going through two weeks. We'll see if he can get loose against the Panthers next Sunday.
John Ross catches three-yard score in Week 1 win.
It was Ross' first career reception and came on a bullet fade for his only catch of the game. The stat line isn't what you'd expect out of a speedster, but those who took the gamble on the 2017 first-round pick were at least rewarded with a touchdown. Ross will look to get behind Baltimore's defense on Thursday night, but he's just a high-upside, low-floor FLEX option.
John Ross has been the story of Bengals training camp so far.
In the offseason, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said that Ross was just hurt last year (which Ross himself also said), making it clear that he was not a draft "miss" as a top-ten pick. Now fully healthy entering his second NFL season, Ross has been electric in training camp according to multiple reports that go to the open practices. The former Washington star has top-tier speed, but he's more than just a guy that can run deep. Ross could potentially be a huge factor for Cincinnati in 2018, and he might step up as the team's number two option behind A.J. Green in the passing game.
Marvin Lewis says John Ross "was not a miss, he got hurt."
The ninth overall pick in last year's draft did not catch a pass as a rookie, as he battled injuries and only appeared in three games. There was some disappointment from Lewis in one game during the season when Ross didn't finish his deep route on a play Dalton threw it to give the speedy receiver a chance to run under it, so it's good to hear the Bengals head coach does not have Ross in the dog house. The second-year receiver said last week that his body just didn't respond last year, but that he knows what he must correct heading into 2018. Ross underwent shoulder surgery in December, but he'll be 100% well ahead of training camp and will have breakout potential in his second NFL season.
John Ross (shoulder) will be ready for training camp.
The second-year receiver from Washington spoke to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, and he opened up a bit about the disappointing rookie season in which he battled injuries and eventually had shoulder surgery in December. Ross said his "body didn't respond" the way he wanted it to because of the shoulder surgery he underwent last year, which forced him to miss all of the offseason/spring training and fall behind. With the NFL Combine coming up this week, Ross' name will come up a lot because he holds the 40-yard dash record, but he says he's just "looking forward to August" and doesn't really care about that. It sounds like Ross has the right mindset and really wants to show what he can do on the football field, and he should have the opportunity to carve out a huge role leading up to the 2018 season, despite not catching a pass as a rookie.
John Ross is getting shoulder surgery, according to Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport says it's surgery to his left shoulder for what's "believed to be a labrum issue." Ross has shoulder surgery on his right shoulder after his final season at the University of Washington last year, so it's not a particularly good sign, as surgeries like this could add up. The good news is Ross should be ready to go for OTAs and have a full offseason, as he had to work his way into things during the preseason this year. Ross should offer some upside at the end of fantasy drafts next year.
John Ross (shoulder) has been placed on Injured Reserve.
Ross, the ninth overall pick in last spring's draft, battled injuries this season before landing in the dog house a few weeks ago. He appeared in just three games, and he received on touch on an end around, which he fumbled and lost. A new regime could very well be on the way in Cincinnati, and Ross would do well to have an offensive coach that would make getting the ball in his hands a point of emphasis. Though he had a disappointing rookie season, Ross has the ability to be a stud receiver for the Bengals. He's still a very strong hold in dynasty leagues, and he could be a breakout player in his second NFL season in 2018.
John Ross is inactive in Week 11.
This isn't a surprise for the first-round pick, as Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said this week how disappointed he was for not finishing a deep route last week that could've been a completion. Ross needs to regain trust of the team before he plays again, so he doesn't need to be on fantasy rosters right now.
John Ross is inactive for the Bengals.
He's apparently a healthy scratch, as the rookie receiver hasn't had a huge role this season while dealing with knee issues. It's unlikely Ross is inactive for the rest of the season, so we'll see if he plays in Week 10 versus Tennessee.
John Ross barely plays in Week 8.
Ross was making his return after missing five games, and he only appeared to play a few snaps against the Colts and wasn't targeted. In his first game back after missing so much time, this wasn't a surprise. The first-round rookie could emerge as a big weapon down the stretch this season, but he might be more of a dynasty league option than a standard-league bench hold right now.
John Ross (knee) is practicing fully for Week 8.
Ross was a full participant at the end of last week but was not going to be active for the game last Sunday. This week, the rookie receiver is expected to be ready to go. We'll update you if anything changes, but expect Ross to be out there against the Colts. He's not a fantasy option quite yet, but the Bengals might try to get the ball in his hands as the season moves forward.
John Ross (knee) is officially inactive for Week 7.
He's practicing, but the rookie receiver isn't ready to return yet. Next Sunday against the Colts is a very realistic possibility.
John Ross (knee) will miss Sunday's game against the Bills.
It's his fourth absence in five weeks, as the first-round pick can't get and stay healthy so far. The dynasty prospects remain high for Ross, but it's looking increasingly unlikely that he has value in redraft leagues as a rookie.
John Ross (knee) didn't practice today.
It doesn't look like the Bengals' first-round pick will play this week, but it's only Wednesday. The Bengals do have a bye after this week, so that's something to keep in mind.
John Ross (knee) has been ruled out for Week 4.
This was the expectation. The rookie receiver needs to get to 100% before the Bengals put him out on the field. He's only appeared in one game so far this season.
Bengals rookie WR John Ross (knee) is out for Week 3.
This isn't a great start for Ross, as he also missed Week 1 and will have missed two of the first three games of his NFL career. It's possible he rushed back to play in last Thursday's Week 2 contest, so hopefully Ross doesn't play until he's fully healed and at 100%. Second-year receiver Tyler Boyd, who was inactive last week, will likely be active again on Sunday now that Ross is out.
John Ross (knee) has been ruled out for Week 3.
Ross also missed Week 1 before handling one touch, a fumble, in his NFL debut last Thursday night. The first-round speedster has faced injury concerns since his college days, and he's not off to a good start as a pro. There's still a chance he makes a 2017 impact, but he's probably safe to drop in 10- or 12-team redraft leagues.
John Ross barely plays in NFL debut.
On Cincinnati's first drive of the game, Ross carried a reverse for 12 yards but fumbled and lost. Obviously, players need to hold on to the ball, but the defender put his helmet right on the ball to force it out with Ross going full speed. It appeared the rookie was benched after the fumble, and the carry was his only touch of the game. Giving the rookie another opportunity would've been good after we saw what Kareem Hunt did last Thursday after he fumbled on his first NFL carry, but hopefully Ross doesn't lose confidence after the fumble and apparent benching.
John Ross (knee) is expected to play tonight against the Texans, according to Ian Rapoport.
After missing Week 1 with a knee sprain, the lightning fast first-round pick of the Bengals looks like he'll be on the field tonight. He'll add a huge speed element to Cincinnati's offense and could help free things up for A.J. Green and others, but Ross probably shouldn't be in your fantasy lineup quite yet. He's worth a bench spot, though.
John Ross (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday Night Football.
The rookie receiver practiced this week, so there's definitely a chance he plays in the game against the Texans. Cincinnati might ultimately opt to hold him out on a short week, though. If so, Ross would certainly be ready by Week 3 in two Sundays.
John Ross (knee) practiced fully today.
Ross was a limited participant on Thursday and Friday last week, but he couldn't go on Sunday against the Ravens. A full practice to start the week indicates the rookie could be good to go for Thursday. The official injury report for the game will be released tomorrow, but Ross will likely be listed as questionable.
John Ross (knee) is inactive for Week 1 against the Ravens.
The rookie receiver wasn't expected to go, but he reportedly attempted to give it a shot in warmups. The Bengals have a quick turnaround on Thursday night against the Texans, so there's a chance Ross isn't ready for Week 2 either.
John Ross (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday.
The rookie receiver was expected to miss the game, but he got in two limited practice sessions yesterday and today so the Bengals aren't giving up on him. Ross and the Bengals play in the early set of games on Sunday, so fantasy owners will know by 11:30 AM ET if he'll be available.
John Ross (knee) is expected to miss the first two weeks of the season, according to Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport said he will "potentially" be back in Week 3, as the Bengals have a Thursday Night game in Week 2, so hopefully the speedy rookie can recover in time for the final week of September. Cincinnati will have Tyler Boyd and Brandon LaFell behind A.J. Green for the time being, and Ross is a decent upside add if you can stash him on IR.
John Ross (knee) is in jeopardy of missing the season opener.
The speedy rookie receiver suffered a knee injury in last night's preseason game, and Ian Rapoport reports it's a knee sprain and the opener "could be in doubt." At least it's not a lengthy injury, but it obviously would not be the start Ross wants if he's unable to play in Week 1 of his first NFL season. Injury reports come out this week, so we'll see how the Bengals list Ross.
John Ross leaves Bengals' fourth preseason game with a knee injury.
It doesn't appear overly serious, but Ross headed to the locker room and has been ruled questionable to return. Ross had one carry on a reverse that he took for 25 yards and he had one receptions for six yards. He could always re-enter the game, but the Bengals might just decide to hold their first-round pick out to keep him healthy for the regular seasons.
John Ross makes NFL preseason debut.
The Bengals weren't rushing their electric rookie receiver, as he missed Week 1 and Week 2 of the preseason, but he made his debut against the Redskins. His speed wasn't really showcases, as he didn't catch either of his two targets. The Bengals did get Ross the ball on a jet sweep that he took for eight yards. It appears he's currently the fourth receiver for the Bengals, so he's only a late-round flier in fantasy drafts at this point.
John Ross is practicing fully for the Bengals.
The first-round rookie receiver is participating in 11-on-11's in practice today, so it appears he is at or close to 100%. It's still only Monday, so look for Ross to be out there in the Bengals' second preseason game this Saturday against Kansas City. It'll be interesting to see how much he plays and how he is used by the Bengals.
John Ross says he's about 90%.
Ross was on SiriusXM NFL Radio and gave the update on his surgically repaired shoulder. The ninth overall pick in this year's draft has been practicing with the team, but he's still not 100%. It's unlikely he plays in the Bengals' first preseason game this week, but maybe he will for the second or third game. Cincinnati is relying on Ross to use his speed to make a big impact and open things up on offense.
John Ross says he is cleared to practice.
The rookie receiver will be practicing on a limited basis to start, but says he'll be 100% soon. He's had no issues with his shoulder surgery, and it's looking like we should see him in preseason games. Ross will certainly be an exciting guy to watch this season, and his ADP, which is currently outside the top 50 receivers, is almost certain to rise as fantasy drafts get closer.
John Ross avoids the PUP list to start training camp.
The 4.22-speed receiver is still rehabbing from shoulder surgery, but the fact that he's not on the PUP list could mean he'll be ready to hit the field sometime soon. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo says Ross "should see preseason action," though, so maybe he isn't that close to action. Ross gaining chemistry with his quarterback Andy Dalton is important. While he has great ability and is more than just a deep threat, he might not be used as much more than that to open the season if he isn't ready to practice soon, with other receivers in a talented group that are ready to take reps with Dalton and the first-team offense. Ross' recovery is something to watch this preseason.
Bengals add a ton of speed to their offense; draft receiver John Ross ninth overall.
John Ross (Mr. 4.22 himself) is a lot more than a straight-line speed demon, as he has soft hands and a good feel on running routes, especially double moves, which should allow him to win in a variety of ways for Cincinnati. He caught 81 passes for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, but Ross has some durability concerns that could come back to haunt fantasy owners. The Bengals have a solid receiving group already, but Ross should get a lot of playing time as a rookie. Spending a mid-round pick on him could lead to a handful of monster fantasy performances in 2017.