The Green Bay Packers released Jeremy Ross because of his inability to consistently hang onto the football in the return game, not because of what he was incapable of accomplishing at wide receiver. Ross should be a factor for the Detroit Lions this season as long as the team understands that.
The Lions signed Ross to the practice squad shortly after the Packers released him in late September. They have decided to activate him for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the same team that Ross faced when he lost his job just a few weeks ago.
It is unknown if Ross will ever see the field in Week 7. With that being said, there is no denying that he has talent, which means Detroit would be foolish not to give him a chance in the ensuing weeks.
There are several members of the Packers organization who were sad to see Ross go for the sole reason that they understood what he is capable of accomplishing when put in the right situation. As good as he was returning punts and kicks his inability to keep control of the football in two critical situations is what cost him his roster spot.
“With his production last year, if you take away that one punt return that he muffed, his production was through the roof,” Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb said prior to the start of the 2013 season, according to ESPN.com. “I expect him to do big things.”
It will be interesting to see if Ross makes the most of his new opportunity, or if this is just a roster move to keep Green Bay from re-signing him after their recent wide receiver injuries.