This offseason, the Cincinnati Bengals’ powers-that-be felt that the offense needed an influx of youth and athleticism. Instead of investing in the offensive line, however, Cincinnati decided to go with flash at the skill positions in the form of John Ross and Joe Mixon.
In Ross, the NFL record holder for the 40-yard dash time, the Bengals felt that they had an ample, long-term replacement opposite of A.J. Green. Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu left in free agency in the spring of 2016 and things just haven’t been right since.
Given his speed and shiftiness, Ross brings a lot to the table. Unfortunately, injuries and other issues have forced the Bengals to set him aside, more or less, for the first two games of the year.
In the preseason, Ross suited up for just two games, with the bulk of his touches coming in the preseason finale against the Indianapolis Colts. In that game, he had a catch for six yards and another carry for 25 more. On the latter play, he hurt his knee, which ended up keeping him out of the regular season opener against Baltimore.
After seeing progress in his sprained knee this week and obviously wanting an injection of some “oomph” in the offense, Ross was active for the first time in a regular season game on Thursday night. And, the results weren’t the greatest.
Desperate to find a spark, Ken Zampese dialed up a flip to Ross against the Houston Texans on Thursday night. Initially, it looked to be just the type of play the Bengals needed, however, it ended in disaster, as Ross was nailed and fumbled the ball aways to Houston.
“I should be higher and tighter with the ball. It was…
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