After a largely lost rookie season in Cincinnati, John Ross has his doubters.
A.J. Green is not one of them.
“Every year is not going to be perfect,” Green, a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver and one of the team’s most respective voices, said Monday. “Even LeBron James has bad games.”
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Green let out a small chuckle to himself at the comparison, but his message carried some weight, both because of who it came from and who he mentioned.
Nobody expects Ross to be a football version of James (who was an All-Ohio receiver in high school, for what it’s worth), but everyone expects more than zero catches from a team’s No. 1 draft pick.
A year ago, Ross was only able to play in three games, and his only touch was a 12-yard run that ended with a lost fumble.
Coach Marvin Lewis attributed the lost season to multiple injuries and previously expressed confidence in his ability to bounce back.
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Green expects the Washington product getting to see professional football from the inside over the past 12-plus months should help, too.
“Just having a year under his belt to understand this whole NFL process and the way we go about things here,” Green said “He’s being more comfortable and just starting off fresh.”