Ross had his ups and downs while he was in a Packers’ uniform, however, this season Ross struggled in both his decision-making skills and ball security, two things that will get you off a NFL roster quickly.
The nail in the coffin for Ross’s Packers career came back in week three against the Cincinnati Bengals when he muffed his first chance at a kick return, which led to a Bengals’ touchdown, and consequently a 14-0 Bengals’ lead.
Ross also struggled in the season-opener against the San Francisco 49ers where he failed to make the 10-yard-line twice on kickoffs. And we don’t even want to remember the miscues he turned in last season – especially the fumbled punt he gave up early in the playoff game at San Francisco. While it wasn’t the difference-maker in that game, it turned any momentum the Packers had in that game.
With Ross’s lack of production at receiver it was a relatively easy decision for the Packers to part ways. He finished with just one catch for eight yards in three games.
The timing of the signing of Ross by the Lions is a bit questionable. My initial reaction to the signing was — “they’re a week a late.” I’m not sure why the Lions wouldn’t consider signing Ross a week ago when they were preparing for the Packers. Ross could’ve given the Lions some information regarding the Packers’ offensive formations and schemes, but the Lions decided not to go that route.
The Lions have their own problems at the return position, like the Packers, and bringing in Ross may be an upgrade over Micheal Spurlock, but he may not be the answer for the Lions as he wasn’t for the Packers.
Ross finished his Packers’ career with one catch for eight yards, eight punt returns for an average of 20.5 yards per return and an average of 17.8 yards per return in the kicking game.
Ross appeared in just nine games for the Green and Gold.