College free agent signee earned a spot on ’16 practice squad ... A physically impressive receiver who starred at Toledo after originally joining team as a walk-on ... Was an All-Mid American Conference selection by league coaches in all four of his seasons.
Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as a college free agent on 5-6-16 ... Waived by Bengals on 9-3-16 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 9-4-16.
2016 highlights: On practice squad for Games 1-4 ... Caught three-for-25 with one TD in preseason.
College: Played four seasons (2012-15) for Toledo, appearing in 50 games ... Totaled 202 receptions for 3076 yards (15.2), with 24 TDs. 2015—Played in all 12 games for 10-2 team that closed season with Boca Raton Bowl win over Temple ... Caught 36-for-618, with five TDs. 2014—Led 9-4 team in receiving TDs (eight) while ranking second in catches (51) and receiving yards (770) ... Caught game-winning 22-yard TD in overtime vs. Western Michigan ... Two TD catches at Cincinnati. 2013—Second on team in catches (59), receiving yards (728) and receiving TDs (six) ... His two TDs vs. Bowling Green included 11-yard game-winner with 1:22 to play ... Earned an ESPN SportsCenter “Play of the Day” with a one-handed TD catch vs. Central Michigan. 2012—Freshman ranked second on team in catches (56) and receiving yards (960) ... Had a 59-yard TD at Arizona. 2011—Redshirted.
Personal: Hometown is Washington, D.C. ... Majored at Toledo in individualized studies ... Attended Woodson High School in Washington, D.C., and then spent one prep season at Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.) ... Was an All-Metro D.C. selection in senior season at Woodson, with 52 receptions for 1153 yards and 14 TDs ... Also played basketball and ran track at Woodson.
Leave it to Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to sum up the drafting of Washington wide receiver John Ross with the ninth pick. “When you have the fastest player in the league,” Dalton said, “it’s going to be hard for that safety not to cheat.”
John Ross’ life changed in 4.22 seconds. That was the Bengals rookie wide receiver’s time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, breaking the record of 4.24 seconds set by Chris Johnson in 2008.