Ross was waived by the Panthers on Friday, Max Henson of the team's official website reports. Ross joined the Panthers in April following the dissolution of the AAF. He shined in the league, which is what landed him a roster spot in Carolina so quickly. However, he was unable to show enough during camp to carve out a spot on the 53-man roster. He figures to be a candidate for the team's practice squad.
The Panthers signed Ross on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Following the dissolution of the AAF, Ross was free to explore his options with the NFL and quickly found a new home. In eight games with the Arizona Hotshots, he scorched the competition, going for 11.2 yards per target en route to a 36-583-7 line. While he hasn't played a down in the NFL since the 2016 season, his recent output and previous experience as a kick returner should help his cause in Carolina, a team with not much receiving talent beyond Greg Olsen (foot), D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel and Jarius Wright.
The AAF announced Thursday that all players, including Ross, are immediately authorized to sign with NFL teams. Of the five receivers to draw over 50 targets through eight weeks in the AAF, Ross's measure of 11.2 yards per target easily blew the competition out of the water and the 29-year-old seems to have favorable odds of getting another shot in the NFL this summer. Ross hasn't appeared in an NFL game since his 2016 season with the Redskins, but he's already proved his explosiveness to some degree thanks to the 101-yard kickoff return and 71-yard receiving score he registered with Washington in 2015.
Ross has caught nine passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns through two games with the Arizona Hotshots in the Alliance of American Football. Ross was released by the Cardinals in mid-August, unable to make it through the preseason with a team that had a glaring need at his position. He does have 22 NFL appearances to his name, highlighted by a 2015 season in which he scored a 71-yard receiving touchdown and a 101-yard kickoff return touchdown while playing 13 games for the Redskins. He still has a difficult path ahead of him, but the 29-year-old wide receiver is at least making his case for another NFL opportunity.
Ross was released by the Cardinals on Tuesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Ross signed a reserve/future contract with the Cardinals back in January after spending the last month of the 2017 season on the team's practice squad. He was seen as a long shot to make the team's final roster this season and was let go in order to make room for the signing of fellow wideout Austin Wolf.
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