Bengals news: John Ross predicts playoff run with Joe Burrow in Cincinnati
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Bengals WR John Ross predicts playoff run with Joe Burrow in Cincinnati

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The Cincinnati Bengals have officially ushered in a new era under center after taking Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. It appears his arrival has given wide receiver John Ross a boost of confidence heading into the 2020 NFL season.

According to Bleacher Report’s Scott Polacek, Ross is optimistic that the Bengals are primed for a playoff run:

“Of course. I only say that out of confidence. I believe in where we’re headed as a team with some of the new additions that we have. We’re primed to make a lot of things happen.”

Ross’ comments may come as a surprise considering the Bengals are in the midst of a grueling rebuild fresh off a 2-14 campaign in the 2019 NFL season. Regardless, it is encouraging to see that the team has seemingly cultivated a new sense of optimism this offseason thanks to Burrow.

Cincinnati has made efforts to address their roster needs by spending more than $140 million in free agency. Although most of their additions have come on the defensive side of the ball, they also made sure to fortify Burrow’s supporting cast by tagging wide receiver A.J. Green, and former Cowboys guard Xavier Su’a as a starter up front.

The onus will fall on Ross to emerge as a consistent weapon for Burrow in the passing game He will need to find a way to provide the Bengals with some bang for his buck if he hopes to secure a lucrative long-term extension after the team declined his fifth-year option.