John Ross
Personal information
Born: (1995-11-27) November 27, 1995 (age 26)
Long Beach, California
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Jordan (Long Beach)
College:Washington (2013–2016)
Position:Wide receiver
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Receptions:62
Receiving yards:957
Receiving touchdowns:11
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

John Ellis Ross III (born November 27, 1995) is an American football wide receiver who is a free agent. He played college football at the University of Washington and was selected ninth overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft. Ross has played for the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants throughout his professional career in the NFL. He is best known for running the fastest recorded 40-yard dash in NFL Combine history.

Early years

As a child, Ross played in Snoop Dogg's All-Star league.[3] Ross attended Jordan High School in Long Beach, California. He played wide receiver and cornerback in football and ran track. As a senior, Ross finished third in the 100 metres at the 2013 CIF Southern Section Division 1 final, with a time of 10.66 seconds. He also recorded a time of 21.56 seconds in the 200m.[4]

Regarded as a four-star recruit by ESPN, Ross was ranked as the No. 49 overall prospect in the state of California.[5] He committed to the University of Washington to play college football.[6]

College career

Ross played in all 13 games as a true freshman at Washington in 2013. He finished the year with 16 receptions for 208 yards and one touchdown as a receiver and had 720 kick return yards and a touchdown.[7] In 2014, he played in 13 of 14 games, with seven starts as a receiver and four as a cornerback. That season, he had 17 receptions for 371 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver, 12 tackles and an interception as a cornerback, and had 938 return yards and two touchdowns.[8][9] Ross missed the 2015 season after suffering a torn ACL during spring practices.[10] Ross returned from the injury in 2016 and had five receptions for 90 yards with two receiving touchdowns and a kick return touchdown in his first game back against Rutgers.[11][12][13] On January 3, 2017, Ross announced his decision to forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.[14] On February 10, 2017, it was revealed that Ross was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his shoulder. He injured his shoulder earlier during the 2016 season, and re-aggravated it on December 31 in a loss against Alabama in the 2016 Peach Bowl in the College Football Playoff. The injury required surgery, but Ross decided to put it on hold until after the NFL Scouting Combine and pro day workouts.[15]

College statistics

John Ross Receiving
Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs
2013 Washington 13 16 208 1
2014 Washington 13 17 371 4
2015 Washington Medical redshirt
2016 Washington 13 81 1,150 17
College totals 39 109 1,701 22

Professional career

Coming out of college, Ross was predicted to be selected in the first round by draft experts and analysts. He was considered one of the top wide receivers and was ranked the second best by NFL analyst Bucky Brooks before the combine.[16] As a top wide receiver prospect, he received an invitation to the NFL Combine and broke Chris Johnson's 4.24 record time in the 40-yard dash. Ross finished with a 4.22, but strained his calves while pulling up at the end of his run. The calf injuries hindered his ability to complete all the set combine drills or run his second attempt at the 40-yard dash.[17][18] Ross attended Washington's Pro Day, but only ran positional drills. The next day, he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.[19] He was ranked as the third best wide receiver prospect in the draft by ESPN and was ranked the second best wide receiver prospect by Sports Illustrated and NFLDraftScout.com.[20][21]

External video
video icon John Ross' NFL Combine workout
video icon John Ross' 40-yard dash
video icon Ross' NFL Combine Press Conference
video icon John Ross' Washington Pro Day workout
Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
5 ft 10+34 in
(1.80 m)
188 lb
(85 kg)
31+12 in
(0.80 m)
8+34 in
(0.22 m)
4.22 s 1.49 s 2.47 s 4.35 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
11 ft 1 in
(3.38 m)
16
All values from NFL Combine[22]

Cincinnati Bengals

2017 season

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Ross in the first round (9th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[23] He was the third wide receiver to be selected after Corey Davis and Mike Williams.[24]

External video
video icon Bengals select John Ross ninth overall
video icon John Ross' NFL Draft interview

On May 7, 2017, the Cincinnati Bengals signed Ross to a four-year, $17.1 million contract with a signing bonus of $10.6 million.[25][26]

Ross competed with Brandon LaFell, Cody Core, Tyler Boyd, and Josh Malone throughout training camp to be the starting wide receiver alongside A. J. Green. Although he was a first round pick, head coach Marvin Lewis named him the sixth wide receiver on the depth chart to begin the regular season.[27]

On September 14, 2017, Ross made his professional regular season debut on Thursday Night Football against the Houston Texans after missing the season-opener due to a knee injury. He fumbled his first and only carry of the game, and was subsequently benched after gaining only 12 rushing yards as the Bengals lost, 13–9.[28] That carry proved to be his only touch of his rookie season, as he was only active for two out of the next 10 games and did not record any statistics. A knee injury caused him to miss Weeks 3–5 while the rest were healthy scratches. He was placed on injured reserve on December 4, 2017, with a shoulder injury, ending his rookie season.[29] His debut season was variously described as "wasted",[30] "disappointing"[31] and "disastrous",[32] with Marvin Lewis coming under a lot of criticism for his management of Ross.[33]

2018 season

In the 2018 season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, Ross recorded his first professional touchdown on a three-yard reception in the 34–23 victory.[34] In the 2018 season, Ross had 21 receptions for 210 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns.[35]

2019 season

During Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks, Ross posted a breakout performance with seven catches for 158 receiving yards and two touchdowns, but the Bengals lost a close game, 21–20.[36] During Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers, Ross finished with four catches for 112 receiving yards and a touchdown as the Bengals lost, 41–17. In only the first two games of the 2019 season, Ross compiled more receiving yards than his initial two NFL seasons combined.[37] On October 2, 2019, the Bengals placed Ross on injured reserve as a result of his shoulder injury.[38] He was designated for return from injured reserve on November 13, 2019, and began practicing with the team again.[39] On December 3, 2019, Ross was activated from injured reserve.[40] Overall, Ross finished the 2019 season with 28 receptions for 506 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.[41]

2020 season

On May 2, 2020, the Bengals declined the fifth-year option on Ross' contract, making him a free agent in 2021. He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on August 12, after he left training camp to tend to his son who tested positive for the virus.[42] He was activated from the list on August 23.[43] On October 30, 2020, Ross tweeted that "It's not a secret that I have requested a trade." Despite Ross' statement, he was not traded by the NFL trade deadline.[44] He had been placed on the Bengals' inactive list four of the Bengals previous five games as a "healthy scratch" before he was placed on injured reserve on November 14, 2020, after suffering a foot injury in practice.[45] He finished the season playing in three games recording only two receptions for 17 yards and zero touchdowns.

New York Giants

On March 19, 2021, Ross signed a one-year $2.5 million contract with the New York Giants.[46] He was placed on injured reserve on September 1, 2021, to start the season.[47] He was activated on October 2. In a week 4 game against the New Orleans Saints, Ross saw his first playing time of the season due to injuries to WR's Sterling Shepard, and Darius Slayton. Ross recorded 3 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in the 27–21 win.

On October 18, 2022, the Arizona Cardinals hosted Ross for a workout.[48]

Career statistics

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD
2017 CIN 3 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 12 12.0 12 0
2018 CIN 13 10 21 210 10.0 39 7 4 9 2.3 7 0
2019 CIN 8 8 28 506 18.1 66 3 3 4 1.3 5 0
2020 CIN 3 1 2 17 8.5 15 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2021 NYG 10 1 11 224 20.4 51 1 1 16 16.0 16 0
Total 37 21 62 957 15.4 66 11 9 41 4.6 16 0

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