There is little doubt John Ross hasn't lived up to expectations after being taken with the ninth pick overall in the 2017 NFL draft, at least statistically. In four years with the Cincinnati Bengals, the injury-plagued, speedy wide receiver played in 27 games with 20 starts and had 51 catches and 10 touchdowns. Ross' injury list was more notable.
Head coach Judge also has taken note of Coughlin's progress. "Carter has flashed pretty positively these first few days," Judge said. Being a new position for Carter, we understand that there’s going to be a learning curve at times, but one thing he does is he plays aggressive, and he plays instinctual, and he puts himself in position to be competitive on every practice.
Flowers was picked ninth overall in the 2015 draft, never fulfilled his potential, became the target of some harsh criticism and ridicule among Giants fans and media and became combative about it before the team finally waived him in the middle of the 2018 season. To the contrary, Thomas not only improved markedly in the second half of 2020, but he has a much more mature and even-keeled personality and approach than that of Flowers.