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  • Deion Jones Bengals WR John Ross trying not to let injury ground him too long The Cincinnati Bengals took the fastest player in the 2017 NFL Draft in John Ross womens Tre'Davious White Jersey ,  but that speed has yet to be unleashed during what has been a frustrating start to training camp for the first-round rookie wide receiver. Ross, Mr. 4.22-second 40, has been cleared to return to practice. But he has been limited to individual drills as he’s coming back from a shoulder injury, Authentic Marlon Humphrey Jersey , which he told us was “maybe 90 percent” healthy. Two days prior to the Bengals’ exhibition opener, Authentic Tyus Bowser Jersey , however, there still isn’t a completely clear timetable for him to return to full action. Head coach Marvin Lewis said there wasn’t much concern about it at this point, womens Chris Wormley Jersey , although Lewis gets notoriously bristly when media ask him about injuries and timetables. “It doesn’t matter. We don’t need to talk about it. You’re probably wasting time thinking about it, womens Tim Williams Jersey ,” Lewis said Wednesday morning. “When [doctors] tell me that, medically, womens Tony Jefferson Jersey , they feel comfortable with him playing some, he will play. We’ll see when when he continues to progress physically. There is no difference between the preseason and the regular season,in that respect.” Ross was asked how much time he thinks he needs in the preseason and practices to get cranked up for the regular season. He paused before answering carefully. “That’s a hard question just because whenever I get thrown in, they’re not going to throw me in if they don’t think I am not prepared, womens Zay Jones Jersey ,” Ross told FanRag Sports. “I think they’re doing a good job keeping where I am, and I am at a good speed now. “I missed so much time with school and everything. [Washington is on a quarter system, Authentic Tre'Davious White Jersey ,  and Ross couldn’t join the team until later than many of his fellow Bengals rookies.] I am doing much better now than I was with OTAs and mandatory minicamp. I am happy where I am now.” It doesn’t take much to stir the imagination about what this offense could be with a healthy Ross alongside a full cast of playmakers — A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert, Gio Bernard,  Authentic Nico Siragusa Jersey , Tyler Boyd, Brandon Lafell, Jeremy Hill and second-round running back Joe Mixon. “When we all get going at once, womens Marlon Humphrey Jersey ,there’s no telling what we can be, Authentic Chris Wormley Jersey ,” Mixon said. “But Coach [Lewis] brings us in and expects us to perform at a certain level. Big plays are contagious. You make one, Authentic Tim Williams Jersey ,then someone else makes one. That’s what I hope to bring and that’s what John brings.” Yes, womens Nico Siragusa Jersey , there are seriously warranted offensive line concerns with the Bengals, who have yet to figure out who their starting five will be. But Ross might add the perfect ingredient needed to take the pressure off of Green: speed. The rookie knows that will be his money-maker, Authentic Tony Jefferson Jersey ,and he can’t wait to display the jets he showed at the Indianapolis scouting combine this spring and in a brilliant, if not injury-hindered career at Washington. “It’s no secret to anyone. That’s what they got me here for, Authentic Zay Jones Jersey ,” Ross said. “That’s how I’ll work my way into the offense, stretching the field, taking the top off the defense. I have to help take the pressure off A.J.” Ross also has been used on punt returns, and Lewis said his improvement in that area has been very noticeable. womens Tyus Bowser Jersey ,  “John has made huge progress, and he’s being coached in punt-return technique,” Lewis said. “I have been pleased. [Bengals President Mike Brown] and I talked about that yesterday — his comfort underneath the ball is way better than it was, and we have to keep coming and working with him.” Ross sees the punt-return assignment as a bonus chance to make plays while he solidifies his role on offense. And he understands what he thinks is the biggest difference between returning in college and in the pros.
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