John Ross loves Zac Taylor’s offense with Bengals
It will be a pivotal 2019 season for John Ross. The young Cincinnati Bengals receiver has had a tough go of it in the NFL. He starred at Washington which made him the ninth overall pick of the 2017, but injuries have derailed his pro career.
Fortunately for Ross, he’ll be getting a fresh start with a new coaching staff. Zac Taylor has replaced Marvin Lewis, and Ross is getting a clean slate. Taylor is the latest whizkid coach hired in the league to be an offensive guru. Only 35, Taylor spent last season as the Los Angeles Rams’ quarterbacks’ coach.
It was a bold hire by Cincinnati, but so far it seems to be paying off. Numerous Bengals players have already praised his coaching style, and Ross was the latest to echo those sentiments. Lewis was a defensive coach, and Taylor will be running a much different system, which Ross likes.
“I love it,” Ross said recently, per Michael LaPlaca of the team’s official site. “I think it will play to all of our strengths. We all complement each other really well in a way that will be hard to defend with everyone on the field.”
Ross barely played during his rookie season due to injuries, so Ross feels like it didn’t even count.
“I felt like my year one was last year because I played 17 plays my first year,” Ross said. “It was just get in there and run around a little bit. Last year I got a lot of reps and got good experience. It is almost like I got a redshirt year. I got the gist of things and now I know what to look for.”
Ross is blazing fast, but he hasn’t shown much else in the league. He’s struggled with knee, groin, and shoulder issues, and is currently behind at least Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green on the depth chart.
As such, it’ll be a struggle for him to earn consistent playing time, but it sounds at least like he’s looking forward to the opportunity.
If nothing else, Bengals fans have something to be excited about with Taylor at the helm.