Can John Ross, the former ninth overall pick, prove himself in his last chance with the Cincinnati Bengals?
At the start of last season, John Ross had only totaled 210 receiving yards through two seasons with the Bengals. Trending towards being labeled a first-round bust, Ross lit up the Seahawks and 49ers in the first two games of the 2019 NFL season, gaining 270 yards and 3 touchdowns. The former first-round selection looked like he was finally showing his potential, but due to a broken sternoclavicular joint in his chest suffered in week four, Ross was once again sidelined.
Up to this point in his career, skill has never been the issue for the speedy wide receiver. He has had some problems with drops, but that is something that can be worked on and fixed. The issue has always been injuries. With the addition of Joe Burrow, Ross could be in a perfect situation to turn around a slow start to his career. The Bengals are changing, and the fourth-year wide receiver could be right in the mix in the new-look Cincinnati offense. The only question now is can John Ross stay on the field?
Bengals fans got to see a glimpse of the player that the 24-year-old can be last season. The player that John Ross has the potential to be would fit perfectly with the Bengals receiving core. A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd are trending towards being one of the best wide receiver duos in the AFC.
With Tee Higgins and Auden Tate in the mix as well, the Bengals have unique talent across the board at the receiver position. The only thing those four lack? Burner type speed. That’s where John Ross comes into play. Teams can game plan and send extra coverage at Green and Boyd, but that leaves less coverage on the guy with the 4.22 forty time.
All signs point towards Ross having the potential to turn around his career. If he can stay healthy, he will play a big part in the future of the Bengals offense. Aside from the offensive line, most of the positions on the offensive side of the ball appear to be filled, and the Bengals have the talent to be a factor in the AFC North in the near future. However, the NFL has changed. Teams need speed. Cincinnati has their guy, he just needs to stay healthy.