John Ross has reportedly approached the Bengals about a trade. It really shouldn’t shock anyone that this situation has come to life after both Mike Thomas and Alex Erickson drew more snaps in the team’s Week 6 loss to the Colts.
Now 1-4-1, the Bengals remain in dead last place in the AFC North. With rookie Joe Burrow under center, the team has actually seen more success than last season and, offensively, has been able to move the ball.
With a plethora of talented receiver and three-man receiving sets being the most used, the Bengals are letting talent hang on the sideline, and Ross knows he’s one of the players not being able to show his skill.
Ross played one snap last game and was inactive the previous few. Zac Taylor, who has just three wins in 22 games with the Bengals, is the man in charge, and he’s still got respect for Ross and the way he’s gone about doing his “business.”
“He’s handled his business the right way around here."— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) October 21, 2020
While nice to hear from his head coach, it’s still doubtful we start seeing Ross play more snaps as Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green have all solidified their spot on the roster with Thomas and Erickson apparently in front of the speedster Ross.
While Ross has struggled with drops under both coaches and just hasn’t lived up to his first-round hype, he does have trade value, and as one of the quickest receivers in the league, the Bengals should at least be able to return some small draft capital.
Ross, who had the best season of his career a year ago, has just two receptions and seven targets in 2020. A free agent after this season, Ross will likely only draw a Day 3 pick if Cincinnati can even find a suitor trade partner.