Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross says his confidence is sky high at the moment and he is looking forward to the new season. Ross, the ninth pick of the 2017 NFL draft, has shown flashes of his talent over the last few seasons but he has struggled to remain healthy and consistently contribute.
"Mentally, I feel like it's the most confident I've ever been," Ross told the media Zoomer Sunday, per the team's website. "I think that was kind of the biggest thing with me. When I was thinking about all the things that really didn't have anything to do with what I should be doing for four quarters.
I think that's the biggest thing for me is just having my confidence back and understanding how talented I actually am and believing in myself."
Ross says the health of his son is his priority
Ross was having a great week of preparation in training camp when he was called from home and told that his three-year-old son and the baby's mother tested positive for the coronavirus.
"I love my son and I would do anything for my son, no matter what the case may be," Ross said. "That all goes out the window when it comes to my son, my family, anything that's important to me. Don't get me wrong, my job is very important to me, but I feel like my job is always going to be here.
The most important thing for me was to make sure my family was right and then I was going to come back and be that same guy on how I left off. It's all in my head. It's all in how hard I work and how well I prepare myself.
Right now I'm ready to get back to where I am. I ran routes today. I felt like I looked good. I felt good. I think I'm going to progress really well. We got a lot of time still." In three seasons in the NFL, Ross was limited to only 24 games and now his goal is to remain healthy the entire 2020 season and play 16 games.
"For one, I need to play all 16 games. I need to stay healthy and I need to make plays in every single game," Ross said. "It's on me to do that. The thing about it, I wouldn't have picked up my option, either.
It guarantees injury if you get hurt. I've been injured every single year. That's not a bad decision by them. And now it's on me to show them why I should be here longer. That's how I look at it."