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John Ross
WR #15
Height:
5-11
Weight:
188
Age:
23
College:
Washington
Hometown:
Long Beach, CA
Experience:
R

Quick Stats (2017):

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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 0 0 -- 0 0 1 12 12 12 0 1 1
2017 CIN 3 1 0 0 -- -- 0 1 12 12 12 0 1 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 BAL L 0-20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 HOU L 9-13 -- -- -- -- -- 1 12 12 12 0 1 1
3 @GB L 24-27 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 @CLE W 31-7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 BUF W 20-16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 @PIT L 14-29 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 IND W 24-23 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 @JAX L 7-23 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 @TEN L 20-24 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 @DEN W 20-17 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 CLE W 30-16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
13 PIT L 20-23 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

      Bengals’ top 2017 draft pick brings record-setting speed and big-play potential to WR group ... Ross clocked an exceptional 4.22-second 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, considered to be a combine record ... Career totals of 114 receptions, 1729 receiving yards and 22 receiving TDs over three seasons of action (one redshirt year) at Washington ... Excelled as a kick returner, with four TDs in 85 career returns ... Considered one of college football’s most explosive players, with five career scoring plays of 90 yards or longer ... Also spent time at CB in 2013 and ’14 seasons (27 tackles, two PDs, one INT).

      Bengals’ top 2017 draft pick brings record-setting speed and big-play potential to WR group ... Ross clocked an exceptional 4.22-second 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, considered to be a combine record ... Career totals of 114 receptions, 1729 receiving yards and 22 receiving TDs over three seasons of action (one redshirt year) at Washington ... Excelled as a kick returner, with four TDs in 85 career returns ... Considered one of college football’s most explosive players, with five career scoring plays of 90 yards or longer ... Also spent time at CB in 2013 and ’14 seasons (27 tackles, two PDs, one INT).

 

     Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in first round of 2017 NFL Draft (ninth overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-7-17.

 

     Head coach Marvin Lewis says: “His dynamic speed shows up on tape. When you watch the tape, you feel this guy playing. He gives us another option offensively and balances the field ... When you watch, it’s just play after play after play that he has an opportunity with the ball in his hand to make (things happen). Whether it’s the inside slant, whether it’s what we call ‘lightings,’ or anything else — when teams are playing against him, they feel his speed.”

 

     College highlights: Spent four seasons (2013-16) at Washington, with a redshirt year in ’15 due to a knee injury ... Saw time on offense (WR), defense (CB) and special teams (KOR, PR) during his career, before playing primarily WR and KOR in 2016 ... Set school record with four career kickoff returns for TDs. 2016—Was first-team All-Pac-12 (coaches and media), Associated Press All-America Second Team, and a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award (college football’s top receiver) ... Recorded 17 receiving TDs, good for third in FBS in ’16, and the second-highest total in both Washington and Pac 12 history (Mario Bailey had 18 in 1991) ... Caught third-most passes (81) in a season in UW history, and had fourth-most receiving yards (1150) ... In first game back after missed season in 2015, scored three TDs in win over Rutgers, including 92-yard kick return and TD receptions of 38 and 50 yards ... Nine receptions for 94 yards and three TDs (tied for second-most in UW history) in win at Oregon ... Named Pac-12 Player of the Week after win at Cal in which he recorded 208 receiving yards and three TDs on six receptions ... Eight catches for 154 yards, including 70-yard TD, vs. USC ... Career-high 12 receptions (tied for fourth-most ever at UW) for 95 yards in win vs. Arizona State. 2015—Did not play due to knee injury suffered in spring (redshirt). 2014—Played in 13 games, seeing extensive time on offense, defense and special teams ... Three starts at wide receiver and four at cornerback ... Scored seven total TDs — 91, 20, 55, 75, 86, 100 and 96 yards — good for a 75-yard average per TD play ... Honorable mention All-Pac-12 as return specialist, with two kick-return TDs ... Scored on 20-yard run and 91-yard pass in Huskies’ season-opening win at Hawaii ... Started at CB vs. Washington State and had an INT, along with two tackles, in addition to seeing time at receiver. 2013—Played in all 13 games as a freshman, seeing time at WR, CB and KOR ... Totaled 16 receptions for 208 yards and a TD ... Returned 30 kickoffs for 699 yards (23.3), including a 100-yarder for a TD in Fight Hunger Bowl win over BYU.

 

     King of the 40: Ross’ extraordinary 4.22-second 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine is the fastest since the NFL began timing the drill electronically in 1999 and is believed to be the fastest all-time. That blazing mark bested the time of 4.24 seconds, set by RB Chris Johnson in 2008.

 

     Coach Doggy Dogg: During his youth football days in Long Beach, Calif., Ross had the most famous coach in town — rapper Snoop Dogg. The two keep in touch, and the rapper even posted a video on draft night congratulating his former RB/WR. Here’s how Ross described his path onto the rapper’s team as part of the Snoop Youth Football League: “(The SYFL) had an all-star game one day. I had just finished my season in a different league, and I watched Snoop and them play. Snoop was driving through the parking lot, and my mom and I went to go get an autograph, and he rolled his window down and already knew who I was. We got connected from there. The next week I was on the all-star team, and the next year I was on his full-season team.”

 

     Coach Ken Zampese says: “This guy really jumps out at you with his speed. The thing that jumps out at you as well when you watch him more, is that he’s a technician and he takes great pride in getting in and out of breaks. Not a lot of wasting motion. He transitions very well.”

 

     High School: Attended Jordan High School in Long Beach, Calif., where he played WR, CB, PR and KOR ... Named the Moore League Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2012, and was Co-Player of the Year as a junior ... Also ran track.

 

     Personal: Hometown is Long Beach, Calif. ... American ethnic studies major at Washington.

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