Eagles Consider Bringing Former Star Wide Receiver Out of Retirement

Former first-round pick John Ross is looking to restart his NFL career after being placed on the reserve/retirement list last year.
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With the 2024 NFL Draft officially in the books, teams across the NFL are putting their undrafted free agent classes together and working on inviting players to rookie minicamp. 

Rookie minicamp is a great opportunity for undrafted players to get an up-close look from team personnel in hopes of landing a UDFA deal and being added to the 90-man roster for training camp. 

However, rookie minicamp is also a chance for veteran players to make their case on why they should be given another opportunity. Former first-round pick John Ross hopes he can get a chance with the Philadelphia Eagles or another team.

Eagles News: John Ross Invited to Eagles’ Rookie Minicamp

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Sunday that former Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants wide receiver John Ross will participate in the Eagles’ rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. 

Garafolo adds that the former first-round pick retired last year but is exploring a comeback. The last time we saw Ross playing in an NFL game was in 2021 with the Giants. During the season, the speedy wide receiver had 11 receptions (20 targets) for 224 yards and a touchdown.

Ross was placed on the reserve/retirement list by the Kansas City Chiefs last summer and then waived by the team late last season in November. At the time, Garafolo reported that the former No. 9 overall pick wanted to return to the NFL and looked for an opportunity on a roster or practice squad.

Ross didn’t get any of those chances after being waived by Kansas City, but this opportunity with the Eagles could open some doors for the former first-round pick. Ross had a lot of buzz coming out of the University of Washington because of his blistering speed to create explosive plays in the passing game.

However, the 5-foot-11 receiver couldn’t carry that momentum into the NFL as he had a couple of good seasons with the Bengals but didn’t live up to those first-round pick expectations. 

It may be hard for Ross to get on the 90-man roster with Philadelphia as they have 12 wide receivers. At the same time, the news of Ross attempting a comeback and going into a rookie minicamp could land him another opportunity this offseason.

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