Ross Travis
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Travis with the Indianapolis Colts in 2019
Personal information
Born: (1993-01-09) January 9, 1993 (age 30)
Chaska, Minnesota, U.S.
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Chaska (Chaska, Minnesota)
College:Penn State
Position:Tight end
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:142
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at

Ross John Travis (born January 9, 1993) is an American football tight end who is a free agent. He played college basketball at Penn State and did not play college football.[1] After going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent.[2]

College basketball career

Travis was rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals and was considered one of the top college prospects in Minnesota. As a freshman, he played all 32 games starting 16, he averaged 4.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in his first year. He won the team's Scrappiest Player Award which is voted by teammates and coaches. In his final three years at Penn State, Travis averaged 7.0, 8.3, and 5.5 points per game as a sophomore, junior and senior. He finished his career with the Nittany Lions as a four-year letterman and played a career total of 133 games and started 98.[3][4]

Professional career

Kansas City Chiefs

Having not played football since freshman year of high school eight years prior, Travis was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad as an undrafted free agent on September 7, 2015.[5] He was released by the Chiefs on September 14, 2015, but was re-signed on November 17, 2015.[6][7] He re-signed with the Chiefs on January 18, 2016.[8]

On November 27, 2017, Travis was waived by the Chiefs.[9]

Indianapolis Colts

On November 28, 2017, Travis was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts.[10] In his Colts debut, Travis had two catches for 33 yards.

On August 30, 2018, in the last preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Travis suffered a torn ACL injury after catching a pass from quarterback P. J. Walker for a first down on 4th & 6, prematurely ending his 2018 season. On September 1, 2018, Travis was placed on injured reserve.[11]

On February 26, 2019, Travis was re-signed by the Colts.[12] He was released on August 31, 2019.[13] He was re-signed on November 25, 2019.[14] He was waived on December 27, 2019.[15]

New York Jets

On December 28, 2019, Travis was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets.[16]

On September 5, 2020, Travis was released by the Jets and signed to the practice squad the next day.[17][18] He was elevated to the active roster on November 9 for the team's week 9 game against the New England Patriots, and reverted to the practice squad after the game.[19] He was placed on the practice squad/COVID-19 list by the team on November 12,[20] and restored to the practice squad on November 23.[21] He was promoted to the active roster on November 24, 2020.[22]

Arizona Cardinals

On May 25, 2021, Travis signed with the Arizona Cardinals.[23] He was released on August 31, 2021, and re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[24][25] He was released on November 2.[26]

Cleveland Browns

On December 7, 2021, Travis was signed to the Cleveland Browns practice squad.[27] He was released on December 24.[28]

Detroit Lions

On December 28, 2021, Travis was signed to the Detroit Lions practice squad.[29]


  1. ^ Former Penn State forward Ross Travis chasing dream by declaring for NFL Draft
  2. ^ Physicality of pads looms for impressive young Chiefs tight end Ross Travis
  3. ^ "Ross Travis penn State career and bio". December 10, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Ross Travis stats - Penn State". REALGM. October 9, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Chiefs Announce Roster Moves". September 7, 2015. Archived from the original on November 26, 2017. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Conner, Matt (September 14, 2015). "Chiefs add former Seahawks LB to practice squad, release Richard Gordon from IR". Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Thorman, Joel (November 18, 2015). "Chiefs worked out free agent TE Joseph Fauria, sign another TE to practice squad". Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "Ross Travis Transactions".
  9. ^ Williams, Charean (November 27, 2017). "Chiefs waive Ross Travis".
  10. ^ "Colts Claim Former Chiefs Tight End Ross Travis". November 28, 2017. Archived from the original on January 4, 2018.
  11. ^ Walker, Andrew (September 1, 2018). "Colts Announce Final 2018 Roster Cuts".
  12. ^ "Roster Move: Colts Re-Sign TE Ross Travis". February 26, 2019.
  13. ^ Walker, Andrew (August 31, 2019). "Colts Announce Final 2019 Roster Cuts".
  14. ^ "Colts Place TE Eric Ebron On Injured Reserve; Sign TE Ross Travis". November 25, 2019.
  15. ^ "Colts Waive Tight End Ross Travis". December 27, 2019.
  16. ^ "Jets claim TE Ross Travis off waivers from Colts, place Alex Lewis on IR". Jets Wire. USA Today. December 28, 2019.
  17. ^ Lange, Randy (September 5, 2020). "Jets Move 27 to Get Their Roster to 53-Player Limit".
  18. ^ Lange, Randy (September 6, 2020). "15 Signed to Practice Squad; All Were in Jets Training Camp".
  19. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (November 9, 2020). "Jets Activate CB Bryce Hall, Place TE Trevon Wesco on Injured Reserve". Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  20. ^ Aber, Spencer (November 13, 2020). "Jets place TE Ross Travis on Reserve/COVID-19 list". Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  21. ^ "Ross Travis: Restored from COVID list". November 23, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  22. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (November 24, 2020). "Jets Sign RB Josh Adams, Place La'Mical Perine on Injured Reserve".
  23. ^ Urban, Darren (May 25, 2021). "Cardinals Sign Sixth-Rounders Victor Dimukeje, Tay Gowan". Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  24. ^ Urban, Darren (August 31, 2021). "Initial Roster Set As Cardinals Cut Down For Season".
  25. ^ Urban, Darren (September 1, 2021). "Chris Banjo Among 9 Cardinals Add To Practice Squad".
  26. ^ "Arizona Cardinals sign Tahir Whitehead, Matt Dickerson to practice squad". Revenge of the Birds. SB Nation. November 2, 2021.
  27. ^ "Browns make roster moves". December 7, 2021.
  28. ^ "Browns activate 5 players from reserve/COVID-19 list, make other roster moves". December 24, 2021.
  29. ^ "Lions sign LB Curtis Bolton, TE Jared Pinkney in flurry of roster moves". Lions Wire. USA Today. December 28, 2021.