Throughout all of training camp and preseason, no Kansas City Chiefs player has received more hype and attention than wide receiver Justyn Ross. The anticipation for Ross' run at the main roster has been the pinnacle of offseason discussion.
Ross was arguably the star of training camp, putting on highlight-worthy plays seemingly every day that ended up all over social media. The talent was never in question with Ross, but it was health that kept the former Clemson star from being drafted or having a chance to make the team last year.
Now through two preseason games, we've gotten an opportunity to observe Ross' abilities and where he might exactly be in the pecking order of Chiefs wide receivers.
Justyn Ross has played well enough to likely warrant inclusion on the Chiefs active roster.
Following an impressive preseason week one game where Ross was one of three Chiefs wide receivers to catch a touchdown, Ross added yet another strong game to his case for making the main roster versus the Arizon Cardinals.
While Ross had just two catches for 18 yards in preseason week two, his route running was put on display as he was able to get wide open multiple times, including a play where he would've had a wide open touchdown had a better ball been placed by the quarterback.
Ross also completed a catch after sharply executing an exquisite whip route. The ability to make this sort of cut at 6'4", 210 lbs is absurd.
The important thing to acknowledge here outside of Ross' actual performance is the fact he got a legitimate run with the first-team offense. Usually, players that get significant runs with the first-team offense both in camp and the preseason games are the exact opposite of being on the bubble. Of course, Ross ran some more with the 2nd and 3rd team offenses, but so did guys like Rashee Rice and Skyy Moore who are certainly making the team. Those are just important reps for Ross.
It also doesn't hurt that Patrick Mahomes continues to sing the praises of Justyn Ross as he gave his most recent comments on the rising Chiefs receiver shortly after their 38-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Ross has consistently flashed in both preseason games and nearly caught a touchdown in both games. The potential finally seems to be coming to fruition and the camp performance has easily translated onto the field. Many times we either see or hear of a player having a great camp but then the games come on and said player looks completely out of place. That couldn't be further from the truth for Ross. He's been a revelation all across the board.
Given the way Ross has performed in training camp in the preseason and the increase in his role as we've progressed toward the season, it seems safe to say that Ross is well on his way to making the team in 2023. Not only that, but it appears he may even contribute at a level that many Chiefs fans were not expecting coming into camp.