John Ross’ time in Cincinnati may soon be coming to an end.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Ross has approached the team about a trade. The speedster who set a combine record in the 40-yard dash is getting left behind in the Bengals’ receiving corps.
From @gmfb: #Bengals WR John Ross approached the team about a trade recently. The speedster, in the last year of his rookie deal, hasn't been playing much of late and wants a fresh start if that's going to continue being the case. pic.twitter.com/0LbfY9ODb4— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 20, 2020
Ross, who was utilized little by Marvin Lewis and even less this season, is wanting a fresh start, Garafolo added.
The former first-round pick is talented, but the 24-year old is getting left behind in the Bengals’ receiving corps.
While he’s struggled with his drops in the past, he’s deserving of at least rotational snaps at wide receiver. That’s not what he’s getting as Alex Erickson and Mike Thomas both were more involved in the offense in the team’s Week 6 loss to the Colts.
This past Sunday was just the third game Ross has played this year. After a disappointing two-week start, Ross was a healthy scratch for three-straight games. He was only active last week because Auden Tate was out with a shoulder injury.
Ross’ spot, if it wasn’t slipping from his grasp last season, has been stolen by rookie standout Tee Higgins. Higgins, who went over 100 yards in Week 6, will likely be heavily involved moving forward.
Unless something happens to A.J. Green or Tyler Boyd, Ross isn’t looking at a prominent role in this already struggling offense. With the trade deadline on November 3rd, we may see this rumor develop into something more shortly.