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CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 20: Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals is hit by Stephon Gilmore #24 of the Buffalo Bills after making a catch during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 20: Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals is hit by Stephon Gilmore #24 of the Buffalo Bills after making a catch during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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How will the Bengals use John Ross this season?

Ross, the mercurial 9th overall pick last season, has already disappointed Bengals fans. His uninspiring play last year led many to believe he was already a bust. While that characterization is an overreaction, Ross does have a lot to prove in 2018 to validate the Bengals’ selection of him.

Now healthy, though, Ross can certainly be a weapon for the Bengals. His speed is literally unparalleled, so new OC Bill Lazor should have some fun using him. I expect Lazor to spread the passing game out a little bit, which will help Ross considerably. His speed will take the top off defenses, opening up room underneath for AJ Green, Joe Mixon, and either Eifert or Tyler Kroft.

One other way I’m hoping the Bengals will use Ross is in the running game. Last year, Ross’ only touch was a 12 yard jet sweep that he fumbled. That play left a poor taste in Bengals fans’ mouths, but he can be a weapon on the ground, too. Lazor will almost certainly install more creative rushing looks, utilizing the RPO and possibly the pistol formation. I wouldn’t be surprised if he tossed in some jet sweeps and general motions for Ross this year. Keep an eye on Ross during camp to see if the Bengals line him up all over the field and use him like this.

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