— Story by Tyler Morales @TylerMorales_
The Philadelphia Eagles are in dire need of more offensive playmakers. Alshon Jeffery was a fantastic signing, Torrey Smith is still a question mark, and Jordan Matthews may leave after next season if the Eagles do not want to drop the cash to get him. Allow me to reintroduce you guys to the University of Washington’s John Ross. This Long Beach, California product is not only a speed threat on the field but he can impact the game with or without the ball in his hands in many ways. Let’s take a closer look at how Ross can truly make this Eagles offense special.
One of the first things I look at when it comes to WRs on the perimeter is whether or not he can beat man press. If you have all the talent in the world but can not beat press coverage you will not be able to succeed in this league.
In this play, Ross is lined up on the right side and runs a quick two step slant. In the NFL, this route can cause serious damage in a shotgun four wide set, something the Eagles have shown often. Ross is able to get the CB on his heels and off balance. Ross fakes the outside release, plants and goes. He was able to beat a Colorado secondary that has multiple pro prospects.
This next play, Ross is matched up on one of the most athletic players in the country Adoree Jackson. Jackson clearly knows that Ross likes to run quick two step slants and bites extremely hard on the fake. Ross fakes the inside release and leaves Jackson in the dust. This is one of the smoothest releases I saw all season and the fact he did it on Adoree Jackson makes it that much more impressive.
Ross is the best deep threat I have watched in years. He is able to change speeds mid route to get the DBs off balance very easily. On this play Ross fakes the corner route and runs a deep post. What is so impressive about this play is that Ross runs his route, hesitates into the corner to get the DB to commit, plants and executes the post once he sees the California DB turn his shoulders. You can see the Desean Jackson influence on this play, this is straight out of Desean’s arsenal. The deep post is Ross’ best route and if not for the noodle armed Jake Browning at QB Ross may have had over 15+ touchdowns this year.
The beauty of Ross being so deadly on the deep ball is that it allows Alshon Jeffery, Jordan Matthews and Dorial Green-Beckham to eat up the intermediate part of the field.
On this play John Ross runs just a normal deep post route. He is a threat to take it to the house at any moment and this play is an example of that. Just sit back and enjoy the gif.
Ross has an impressive ability to hit another gear on deep throws. This play here is against Rutgers, the first screenshot is against Rutgers DB Saquon Hampton. Ross is about a yard behind Hampton when the ball is in mid flight.
Ross hits an impressive second gear and absolutely torches the DB. In the matter of two seconds he goes from one yard behind to four yards in front of the defender. In the blink of an eye Ross can accelerate and blow by nearly any defensive back.
He also has an impressive pair of hands that allows me to make secure these deep throws. He does have some focus drops that happens when he takes his eyes off the ball but it is really nothing that will effect my grade on him.
This is a broken play and Ross turns nothing into something. Browning throws the ball high and Ross comes down with an impressive one handed catch. This is the epitome of John Ross, he can turn nothing into something. The guy is a flat out playmaker. Tell me the last time you saw an Eagles WR do anything like that.
Although Howie Roseman has only selected four wide receivers in his era as general manager, if John Ross is available Philadelphia has to think long and hard about selecting him. This team needs to build an offense around Carson Wentz and by selecting the 22 year old Ross, Philly is giving Wentz a playmaker he has never had before in his life. He will be an instant fan favorite and make us forget what we had in Desean Jackson. Put John Ross with Alshon Jeffery, Jordan Matthews and now the Eagles have an offense that will keep defensive coordinators up at night.
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