John Ross
John Ross
24-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Cincinnati Bengals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Although he played only eight games and finished with only 28 catches, the ninth overall pick from 2017 took a step forward last year with 18.1 YPC, 9.0 YPT and 10 catches of 20-plus yards. At 5-11, 194, Ross has only average size but is among the fastest players ever to set foot in the NFL - 4.22 40 at the 2017 combine. He's also athletic and explosive - 37-inch vertical leap, 133-inch broad jump - and showed glimpses of his capabilities in Weeks 1-2 last year with 270 yards and three touchdowns. A.J. Green will be back in 2020, and with Tyler Boyd looking like the team's co-No. 1, along with Auden Tate and rookie Tee Higgins having roles, the competition for targets in Cincinnati has never been stiffer. But Joe Burrow could be an instant upgrade at quarterback, the offensive line can't help but improve, and Ross' skill set as a deep threat is unique enough to justify a role. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $17.12 million contract with the Bengals in May of 2017. Bengals declined $15.68 million team option for 2021 in May of 2020.
Grabs just two passes Sunday
WRCincinnati Bengals
September 14, 2020
Ross caught two of five targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Chargers.
ANALYSIS
Ross couldn't replicate last year's Week 1 magic, and this was his lowest yardage total in a single game since 2018. Rookie QB Joe Burrow spread the ball around Sunday, targeting five players five or more times, so it's encouraging that Ross is at least in the mix to begin the season. Ross will look to capitalize on those opportunities in Thursday's matchup against the Browns.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do John Ross' 2020 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
42.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.99
 
% Team Air Yards
11.3%
 
% Team Targets
7.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
12.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
28.6%
 
Drop Rate
14.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
2.0
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Browns pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Overall QB Rating Against
101.2
 
Cornerbacks
77.7
 
Safeties
158.3
 
Linebackers
95.8
 
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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
194 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
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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 of 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, including a recent ankle injury that will sideline him for at least a couple of games to start the season.
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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Avoids injury report
WRCincinnati Bengals
September 9, 2020
Ross (arm) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report.
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Listed as starting wideout
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Arm
September 8, 2020
The Bengals list Ross (arm) as their third wide receiver on the unofficial depth chart the team released Tuesday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
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Scrimmage absence precautionary
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Arm
August 30, 2020
Coach Zac Taylor said Ross (arm) was held out of Sunday's scrimmage as a precaution, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
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Not ready after all
WRCincinnati Bengals
Arm
August 30, 2020
Ross (arm) is dressed for Sunday's scrimmage but will not participate, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Not participating in scrimmage
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Arm
August 30, 2020
Updating an earlier report, Ross (arm) dressed for Sunday's scrimmage and warmed up but ultimately did not participate, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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