Bengals rookie first-round pick John Ross healthy inactive once again

By Vincent Frank
Jul 28, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross (15) runs drills during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

For the third time in the past four games, Cincinnati Bengals rookie top-10 pick John Ross will be a healthy inactive for the team.

Ross dealt with knee issues earlier in his rookie campaign, but now appears to be at 100 percent. The decision to keep him inactive yet again Sunday against the Browns doesn’t speak well to Ross’ ability to make an impact moving forward on the season.

It also comes mere weeks after Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis called the Washington product out for quitting on a route.

“John (Ross) had a play last week we weren’t very thrilled with,” Lewis said earlier this month, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s like you being a kid and you go the whole year being good and you mess up that one time and now you get nothing for Christmas.”

Here’s the play in question.

Obviously, things aren’t going too well for a player the Bengals had hoped would make an immediate impact as a rookie.

Sure it’s too early to call Ross a bust. But here’s a guy that’s failed to put up a single catch in the first 11 weeks of the season. That’s just not acceptable for a top-10 pick. Period.