The Cincinnati Bengals made wide receiver John Ross the No. 9 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after he ran a record-breaking 4.22-second 40-yard dash. The pick has not paid off. Ross has only appeared in 27 career games in four seasons with the franchise, and while he's shown flashes at times, it's tough to see him re-signing in Cincinnati.
Likely hitting the open market this offseason, here are three teams that should take a flyer on the Bengals' deep threat.
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3. New England Patriots
At this point, the New England Patriots should be willing to try just about anything to fix their WR corps. On paper, it's undoubtedly the worst group of receivers in the league. Ross shouldn't cost much, and he's still a former top-10 pick at WR. Taking a low-risk, high-reward gamble on a guy like that is a move we've seen Bill Belichick make countless times.
2. Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers have been looking for a legit No. 2 option to pair with Davante Adams for a while now. Ross wouldn't immediately solve that issue, but he's certainly talented enough to fill the role if all breaks right for him. Remember, the Bengals' burner opened the 2019 campaign by posting back-to-back games with 100 receiving yards and a TD before injuries derailed that season as well. Watching Aaron Rodgers throw deep balls to a guy with legit 4.22 speed would be a blast. And with the Packers being strapped for cash, this is the kind of savvy gamble we can expect them to take at WR.
1. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are pretty much set at wide receiver with Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk. But Ross could bring a really fun wrinkle to this offense. On straight line speed alone, Samuel and Aiyuk just can't compete with the former No. 9 overall pick. It's not hard to envision offensive guru Kyle Shanahan scheming up ways to get a guy with Tyreek Hill-level speed open downfield. Plus, because they have so much talent at the skill-position group, San Francisco wouldn't need to rely on Ross much. When he's healthy, he'd contribute by taking the top off the defense. If he's not, the 49ers would be just fine without him. This could be a great win-win move for both sides.
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