After spinal surgery, Justyn Ross wants to be a ‘normal me.’

KANSAS CITY (Mo. — Justyn RossHe didn’t do much at a three day event to make himself stand out. Kansas City ChiefsThe rookie camp concluded Monday. Ross’ camp was, perhaps, the greatest success of all.

The former ClemsonAfter signing as an undrafted-free agent, wide receiver joined the Chiefs and competed on an NFL practice field.

Ross once had modest prospects, but he was unable to play in a collegiate year in 2020. being diagnosed with a spinal conditionThe stress fracture in his left foot meant that he was unable to play the entire season.

Ross stated that he wanted to accomplish his weekend goals by “just getting my foot in front and trying to make plays.” “A lot hard work and putting in the hours. I’m just trying to be normal again.”

Ross described his early college performance as “normal me”, which he called it. Ross had 46 receptions for 1000 yards at Clemson in his freshman year, and then he had 66 catches to 865 yards as an sophomore. When he was eligible, he was considered a possible first-round selection.

Ross then took a huge hit in spring training in 2020 and was later diagnosed with a congenital spinal fusion. His football career was now in danger, according to doctors.

Later, he had surgery to correct the problem and he was able to return to playing last season. His foot injury meant that he could not produce the same results as he did in earlier years of his career. Ross was able to catch 46 passes for 514 yards with three touchdowns in the 2021 campaign.

Andy Reid, Chiefs coach said that Reid is feeling “a bit out” after having been hurt in the past few years. “He was knocking off the rust here. [but]You can see the skill.”

Reid stated that the Chiefs would not place any limitations on Ross. Ross is expected to participate in full practice when the team begins offseason training for the full squad later this May. General manager Brett Veach indicated that Ross’ medical conditions were thoroughly reviewed by Chiefs doctors and cleared him to play after Ross’ signing.

“I have always believed in our” [doctors]Veach indicated that they are more conservative. “Our docs did an excellent job in exhausting all of the information. It’s easier for me to operate. I am aware of the quality of our medical staff. … If they tell you yes, it’s a good feeling. I feel good if they say no. No. We’re fine if our doctors are positive.

Ross joined Chiefs in a transitional period for their wide receivers. They traded Tyreek HillAnd lost two other top wideouts Byron Pringle DeMarcus Robinson— Starting in the last season of free agency They are back Mecole HardmanSigned JuJu Smith-Schuster Marquez Valdes-ScantlingAs free agents and drafted Western Michigan’s Skyy MooreThe second round.

Ross could be given some playing time if he makes a strong showing at camp, but nobody knows his role.

Veach stated, “Talentwise he will have a shot as long as he is healthy.” “It will all come down to how he handles the playbook, being moved around and how he manages it.” [to different positions]He must be proactive in looking for preventative measures that he can take to keep his body healthy.

Ross says that for the moment, he is happy just to be there and take part in the Chiefs’ games. Ross indicated that he was disappointed not to be drafted. He said he had hoped to get selected somewhere in the seven rounds. However, he felt more likely going undrafted.

At this point it’s about taking advantage the chance to play.

Ross stated, “Ofcourse, I’m ready for everyone to be wrong, but… I’m trying fill my spot to play my part in the team, just to see what I can accomplish.”

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