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John Ross missed voluntary workouts due to “tightness”

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The injury-plagued receiver missed voluntary practices early on in the summer.

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As new head coach Zac Taylor gets ready for the 2019 season, along with his first-time coordinators, they want to make sure they have a healthy roster going into the season.

Easier said than done.

According to Geoff Hobson, third-year wide receiver missed voluntary minicamp this past month due to what he only describes as “tightness.”

The silver lining is that most of what Taylor, the play-caller for this upcoming season, is focusing on installing his new scheme, and is less worried about physicality at this point.

Though Ross can still put his brain to work while his muscles rest, it’s no cake walk.

“That’s the challenging part,” Ross said. “There is so much in and it’s so early. It puts a good strain on our brains when we come to camp and everybody is getting used to the different concepts.”

A huge part of the Bengals’ success will be on the dependability of their skill position players. Whenever A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert, Joe Mixon, or even Ross are out of the lineup, Andy Dalton’s job gets harder.

Hopefully, Ross was dealing with something minor. He does have a brief history of muscle injuries, so making sure that he is good and healed will be very important for the Bengals.