How they will fit the Eagles: Washington WR John Ross
Welcome to my new series. Everyone is breaking down players and telling you what they think their strengths and weaknesses are. This series is not that, I am not a scout and do not intend to be one. Instead, what I am going to do is tell you how they will fit in the Eagles offense or defense.
Today we will be looking at the impact of Washington wide receiver John Ross.
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Even with the additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, Ross will be propelled into a starting role. Let’s face it, Jeffery and Smith are both on one-year deals, there is no guarantee they both will be back. Focus more on Smith in this scenario, he is 28-years old and essentially on three one-year deals. Ross will beat him out and be the main deep-threat receiver on this team. Almost like Chase Daniel and Carson Wentz last season, Smith will sort of mentor Ross this season.
WR1: Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor
WR2: John Ross, Torrey Smith
Slot: Jordan Matthews
Obviously, his speed is what makes him so attractive. Setting the NFL combine, 40-yard dash record is no easy feet. However, he is not just blazing fast, his speed has gears to it. By that I mean he knows how to control his speed very well. He can stop and go, cut on a dime, and just flat out beat you. He knows how to beat you fast and efficiently. But, do not think he is just a deep threat.
John Ross is more than a deep threat. 12 of his 17 receiving TDs were in the red zone. Elite.
— CFFguys (@CFFguys) March 5, 2017
The Eagles have struggled in the red zone for the better part of the last three seasons. Adding Jeffery is a big addition, but Ross also can give the Eagles a lot in the red zone. Imagine trying to cover Jeffery, Ross, Matthews and Zach Ertz in the red zone, now that is a scary thought.
If Howie Roseman wants to get a wide receiver to grow with Wentz, Ross can be that guy. He looks the part and has the tape to back it up. For a team that desperately needs a receiver to stretch the field and make a big play, the Eagles should look long and hard at selecting Ross. He fits the team and gives Wentz a long-term target and playmaker.
Fit or Not Fit
Yes, he is a fit. A young play making wide receiver is something every team with a young quarterback should look to find. As for the offense, because of his speed and red zone ability, he is a big need in the Eagles offense. He will be a great addition on the outside for the Eagles.