The Bengals assumed some risk when they selected Ross with the ninth overall pick of the 2017 draft. A knee injury kept him out for the entire 2015 season. In February, he had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Still, Ross caught 81 passes for 1,150 yards and eight touchdowns for the Washington Huskies in 2016, and he ran the fastest 40-yard dash (4.22) on record at the NFL Scouting Combine.
While A.J. Green remains one of the NFL's better wide receivers, Ross was supposed to address what was a clear issue with the Bengals offense. Cincinnati ranked 11th in passing offense efficiency in 2016, down from first in 2015, according to Football Outsiders.
However, Ross' knee sprain was a prelude to what has been a massively disappointing rookie season. In three appearances, he didn't register a reception.