Bengals WR John Ross feels the pressure mounting in Cincinnati to produce
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross has struggled to find his footing thus far in his NFL career. It has gotten to the point where even he admits that the pressure is only mounting with each season.
Ross burst onto the scene with his historic performance at the NFL Scouting Combine a few years ago. According to Geoff Hobson of the team website, he knows will eventually need to follow through on the hype:
“Each year it gets bigger for me,” Ross said.
“I think it’s a good chance for me. I know it’s a good chance for me,” Ross said. “I’m going to go out there and continue to be myself. I already know I’m going to love it. I love it now. How exciting it looks, the amount of big plays for everybody. The amount of opportunity everyone is going to get is amazing.”
Ross made history as the fast man in combine history thanks to his 4.22 40-yard-dash. The Bengals had high hopes that his blistering speed would translate to the NFL and subsequently made him the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Unfortunately, he still has yet to make any kind of significant impact since he arrived in Cincinnati. Ross was plagued by injury during his rookie year and was placed on injured reserve to prevent any further damage. Although he managed to establish himself as a bit of a red zone weapon, he was unable to stretch the field after finishing the 2018 campaign with just 21 receptions for 210 yards and seven touchdowns.
Although Ross has struggled thus far, he will have an opportunity at a fresh start under a new regime in Cincinnati. New head coach Zac Taylor has already expressed how excited he is to get the young, speedster involved. Only time will tell if Ross is up to the task.