John Ross | Bengals WR

Date of Birth:  11/27/1994
Age:  23
Height  5'11"
Weight:   188
College:  Washington
Drafted:  2017 | Round 1 | Pick 9
Depth Chart:  Starter

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John Ross | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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.

John Ross | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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 | Bengals WR

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.

John Ross | Bengals WR

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.