John Ross to the Bengals: Play me or Trade me

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross is frustrated with his role on the team. He has requested a trade. 

Ross wants to play. However, if the team cannot provide him a role, he wants to be moved to a team. 

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross celebrates a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons
John Ross celebrates a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons (Getty Images)

He has not played in four of the team’s past five games. 

“Trade me if this (is) how y’all feel,” the Bengals’ 2017 first-round pick wrote on Twitter on Friday. “I’m healthy and eager to play. I know I can be productive. It’s hard to love something when your (sic) not actually participating in it.

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“Believe me, its (sic) not football that I don’t like.”

If the Bengals deal Ross, he has to be traded on Tuesday, which is when the NFL’s trade deadline is.

The 25-year-old Long Beach, California native was the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Ross has been away from the team with an illness. He had one offensive snap in the team’s Week 6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

He has appeared in three games, including one start. He has had two receptions for 17 yards.

Both receptions came in the season-opener in a 16-13 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said that Ross was having stomach issues on Friday.

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“He’s sick,” Taylor said. “His stomach bothers him. It is what it is. He’s listed with [an] illness, and he’s trying to work through it.”

In his four-year career, Ross has appeared in 27 games, including 20 starts. He has had 51 receptions for 733 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Ross also has had eight carries for 25 yards.

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