Ross caught four of eight passes for 112 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 41-17 loss to the 49ers.
Coming off a monster 158-yard, two-touchdown opener against the Seahawks, Ross was fairly quiet until the final minute of the game when Andy Dalton hit Ross over the middle for a 66-yard catch-and-run for a score. The play was probably an unnecessary reminder of how Ross only needs a touch or two to get a game's worth of production. Starter A.J. Green (ankle) reportedly warmed up before the game on his road back to the field, but Ross' play-making ability has likely earned him a sizable role in this offense with or without Green in the lineup.
Ross caught seven of 12 targets for 158 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 21-20 win over the Seahawks.
Ross led the team in targets and receiving yardage, thanks in large part to touchdown receptions of 33 and 55 yards. This was easily a new career high in receiving yardage for Ross, who came in with just 210 yards through his first 16 NFL games. This is a welcome sight for the Bengals and his fantasy owners, who have both longed to see him fulfill his potential at the NFL level. Ross could play a big role opposite Tyler Boyd for as long as A.J. Green (ankle) remains sidelined, with his next opportunity coming next Sunday at home against the 49ers.
Ross (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
His full practice participation Wednesday confirms what Ben Baby of ESPN.com previously relayed, specifically that Ross will play Sunday against the Seahawks. With A.J. Green (ankle) out of the lineup this week and likely in multiple games to follow, Ross has an opportunity to contribute out of the gate as a deep threat. Tyler Boyd and Damion Willis round out the team's starting wideout group.
Coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday that he expects Ross (hamstring) to play during Sunday's regular-season opener against the Seahawks, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Ross missed all of training camp and the preseason due to a lingering hamstring injury, but he looks to be a full go for Week 1. With A.J. Green (ankle) sidelined, Ross projects to play a key role in Cincinnati's offense alongside Tyler Boyd and Damion Willis.
Ross (hamstring) believes he's regained his top speed in his second week back at practice, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website reports.
Despite missing all of training camp and the preseason, Ross seems to be on track for Week 1, potentially handling a key role with A.J. Green (ankle) out of the lineup. Cincinnati's other wideout options behind Tyler Boyd are Damion Willis, Alex Erickson, Auden Tate (knee) and return specialist Pharoh Cooper. Coach Zac Taylor said Willis will be the starting X receiver Sunday in Seattle, but there's still room for Ross to get plenty of snaps. Whether he does anything with those snaps is the bigger question.
Ross (hamstring) took part in practice Sunday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Ross is taking one of the final steps in his recovery from the hamstring injury that sidelined him for the majority of training camp and the entire preseason to date. With the Bengals' final exhibition contest Thursday, the team likely is looking toward the regular season for his first in-game appearance since the end of the 2018 campaign. Per Jay Morrison of The Athletic, coach Zac Taylor expects Ross to serve a "valuable role" in the Bengals offense but didn't reveal whether Ross will be a Week 1 starter at Seattle.
Coach Zac Taylor expects Ross (hamstring) to be available Week 1 against the Seahawks, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
That prediction feels a bit optimistic, considering Ross missed all of training camp and isn't likely to make an appearance in any preseason games. Ross hopes to be back at practice Sunday, but it's fair to wonder about the extent of his Week 1 role even if he puts the hamstring injury behind him. The missed practice time would be less of a concern if the Bengals weren't in the process of installing a new offense under a new coaching staff. There's also no reason for confidence when taking into account the wideout's medical history or the quality of his play last year. On the other hand, there's no shortage of opportunity for Ross to eventually earn snaps and targets, as No. 1 receiver A.J. Green (ankle) is set to miss at least the first few games of the season.
Ross (hamstring) is targeting a return to practice Sunday, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Ross is managing a lingering hamstring injury, the severity of which has caused him to miss the first two weeks of the preseason and all of training camp. The 2017 first-round pick also appears on track to miss Thursday's exhibition match against the Giants, though a return to practice Sunday would be a step in the right direction. With A.J. Green (ankle) also sidelined, expect Josh Malone, Cody Core, Alex Erickson and Auden Tate to benefit from increased opportunity behind Tyler Boyd as long as Ross is unable to go.
Ross (hamstring) isn't practicing Monday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Ross has missed all of training camp and the first two weeks of the preseason. His continued absence Monday makes him a longshot to return for Thursday's exhibition against the Giants. With Ross and A.J. Green (ankle) both unavailable, the Bengals have been giving first-team wideout reps to the likes of Cody Core, Josh Malone and Alex Erickson.
Ross (hamstring) could return to practice next week, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Ross already has missed one preseason game and is a lock to miss at least one more. He also hasn't practiced at training camp, with his work limited to rehab exercises on a side field. Given his lengthy medical history and lack of production through two seasons, the 2017 first-round pick badly needs to get back into practice within the next couple weeks. There are snaps and targets up for grabs with A.J. Green (ankle) expected to miss multiple games at the beginning of the regular season.
Ross (hamstring) appeared on the Bengals' rehab field Monday for the first time since getting hurt at the start of training camp, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Ross won't play in Saturday's preseason opener, but he's on target to return to full practice next week.
Ross (hamstring) says that he is ready to practice and is just waiting for the green light from the team, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. The Bengals want to make sure he doesn't try to come back too soon, especially after he missed a month last season with a groin injury.
Meanwhile, Ross said that he's doing a better job of taking care of his body. "I think I was doing myself a disservice not putting money into my body. Not that I was spending it somewhere else - it's just I never knew the importance of taking care of my body because I never had a chance to," Ross said. "Coming out of college, I never really had no one guide me to do that. Now, being around A.J. and Andy and them, they're telling me how much they put into their body. It didn't really click until this year because he said he spent so much money on his body, that's how he makes so much money. Now that I learned that, it's going to be a complete turnaround for me. I know for a fact this is going to be my best year."
Ross (hamstring) remains 'day-to-day' and wasn't practicing Friday, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Ross has a big opportunity in front of him to get more targets early in the season with A.J. Green out with an ankle injury, but unfortunately, he needs to get on the practice field first.
Ross (hamstring) may be out for a couple weeks, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
On and off the field throughout the offseason program, Ross has been absent from practice during the first few days of training camp. Between his hamstring issue and A.J. Green's far more worrisome foot injury, the Bengals have been forced to use Cody Core, Alex Erickson and Josh Malone alongside Tyler Boyd with the first-team offense. Ross had a long history of knee problems before he even entered the NFL, and he's now played just 16 games through two seasons while dealing with groin, hamstring, knee and shoulder injuries along the way.
Ross sat out the Bengals' first practice Saturday with hamstring tightness, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.
Coach Zac Taylor said that the injury isn't a long-term one, but Ross might not be back until next week.
Ross was sitting out the Bengals' team stretch during the team's first practice and working on the side with receivers coach Bob Bicknell, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
This is a big year for Ross and his full participation in the first practice ultimately isn't dispositive. But he was inconsistent during the offseason program, so any sort of hiccup at the start of training camp is annoying at best.
Ross missed some practices during the offseason program and was inconsistent when he was on the field, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Ross is getting a fresh start under a new coaching staff but doesn't seem to be taking advantage of the opportunity so far. He had a perplexing 21-210-7 receiving line on 58 targets (3.6 YPT) last season, proving useful in the red zone while struggling badly in all other areas of the field. The Bengals still hope he can develop into a deep threat, as his record-setting time in the 40-yard dash (4.22 seconds) presumably played a big role in the team's decision to draft him at No. 9 overall in 2017. The 24-year-old has an unusually lengthy medical record for a player his age, with the list of knee issues alone including an ACL tear, two meniscus tears and microfracture surgery. On the bright side, Ross faces weak competition for the No. 3 wideout job, squaring off against Alex Erickson, Josh Malone, Cody Core and Auden Tate.
Coach Zac Taylor said he'll see what Ross can put on tape, noting that the 24-year-old wide receiver was "electric" in college, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Ross has the opportunity to prove himself under a new coaching staff, but the fresh start won't mean much if he struggles during the offseason program and training camp. While competition for the No. 3 wide receiver spot isn't exactly fierce based on the current construction of the Cincinnati roster, there's still plenty of time for the team to add bodies before Week 1. Bengals executive Duke Tobin shot down trade rumors about moving Ross back in February, saying the team hadn't engaged in any internal or external discussions regarding a trade. The No. 9 overall pick from the 2017 draft played just three games as a rookie, then posted a baffling 21-210-7 receiving line (58 targets, 3.6 YPT) in 13 games last season. Ross needs to find success on deep passes to stay relevant, as his conversion rate on targets inside the 10-yard line (five of six went for scores) was really the only thing that went right for him last season.
Bengals executive Duke Tobin said the team hasn't engaged in any internal or external discussions about trading Ross, Geoff Hobson of the team's official site reports.
Tobin didn't mince his words, denying a Monday report that the team is trying to find a trade for the No. 9 overall pick from the 2017 NFL Draft. Ross had one of the more unusual stat lines in recent memory during the 2018 season, scoring seven touchdowns on 21 receptions despite his abysmal marks for both yards per target (3.6) and catch rate (36.2 percent). The 24-year-old scored five times on six targets inside the 10-yard line, and his record-breaking speed (4.22 40-yard dash time) theoretically should open up more room for A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd on intermediate routes. Regardless, it's hard to see Ross emerging as anything more than the fourth or fifth option in Cincinnati's offense when all the key players are available.
The Bengals are looking to trade Ross, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The No. 9 overall pick from the 2017 draft has been a clear disappointment, playing three games as a rookie and then producing just 210 yards on 58 targets (3.6 average) in 13 appearances this past season. He's only 23 years old and is one of the fastest players in the league, but his lengthy medical record and slight frame (190 pounds) have been major concerns all along. Ross did have seven touchdowns among his 21 receptions in 2018, including five scores on six targets inside the 10-yard line. Given the potential for red-zone contributions in addition to a field-stretching element, Ross could fetch a middle-round pick even if there isn't much hope he ever develops into a high-volume receiver. The Bengals are in good shape at the position with A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd, though they don't have an obvious replacement for the No. 3 job.
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