Cincinnati continues to be plagued by injuries.
The Bengals’ receiving corps has thinned even more this week, as the team announced Monday that wideout John Ross is dealing with a hamstring injury. Ross is expected to be out for around two weeks.
Ross clocked a blazing fast 4.22 in the 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Combine, but played in just three games and didn’t record a reception in his rookie season, despite being selected with the No. 9 overall in the draft. However, he did catch 21 passes for 210 yards in 2018.
Ross is expected to be among quarterback Andy Dalton’s favorite targets this season, but Cincinnati’s depth chart is looking thin.
Wideout A.J. Green, a seven-time Pro Bowl player, was carted off the field Saturday at training camp after tearing ligaments in his ankle and could miss anywhere from six to eight weeks. He’s been a crucial part of Cincinnati’s offense since he was drafted in 2011.
Fourth-year receiver Tyler Boyd had a breakout season last year, notching 76 receptions for seven touchdowns and 1,028 yards. But, the rest of the receiving group is rounded out by Cody Core, Alex Erickson, Josh Malone and Auden Tate. Those four combined for just 374 receiving yards in 2018.
The Bengals hired a new head coach in Zac Taylor and a new offensive coordinator in Brian Callahan during the offseason, so the team will certainly have a new feel.
“The back end of that receiver room, other than our three guys who have typically been starters, I think have really shown great attention to detail,” Taylor told reporters. “Those guys have really come out. Obviously I notice it a little bit more. I’ve been in the receiver room before, so those guys, I tend to keep an eye on.
“I’ve been really impressed, really, with everybody in that room these first two days. Their attention to detail has been great. The mental errors have been extremely few and they’ve really competed and caught a lot of balls. Done a good job through the first few days but they’ve got to keep that up.”