College free agent signee played in all four preseason games and earned a spot on practice squad ... Three-year letterman and two-year starter for successful Mississippi State teams ... As an MSU senior, suffered a right foot stress fracture just after the season’s midway point but continued to play, taking option to delay surgery until after the season.
Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as a college free agent on 5-6-16 ... Waived by Bengals on 9-3-16 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 9-4-16 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-2-17.
2016 recap: Played in all four preseason games, logging three tackles ... On practice squad for Games 1-16 ... Signed after Game 16 to 2017 offseason roster.
College: Played four seasons (2012-15) at Mississippi State ... Saw action in 45 games, with 24 of his 25 starts coming in his last two seasons ... Totaled 106 tackles, including 7.5 sacks ... Helped lead 2015 Bulldogs to a 9-4 season, including Belk Bowl win over North Carolina State ... In 2014, played in all 13 games for 10-3 team, with 12 starts ... In 2013, played in all 13 games for team that closed year with Liberty Bowl win over Rice ... Played in seven games as true freshman for 9-4 team, and had a pass breakup in Gator Bowl win over Northwestern.
Personal: Hometown is New Orleans, La. ... Attended Archbishop Shaw High School, where he was credited with 6.5 sacks and 22 QB hurries as a senior ... Two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll at Mississippi State, where his major was business administration.
NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Brown did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2016 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games.
Leave it to Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to sum up the drafting of Washington wide receiver John Ross with the ninth pick. “When you have the fastest player in the league,” Dalton said, “it’s going to be hard for that safety not to cheat.”
John Ross’ life changed in 4.22 seconds. That was the Bengals rookie wide receiver’s time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, breaking the record of 4.24 seconds set by Chris Johnson in 2008.
Receivers coach James Urban and offensive coordinator Ken Zampese speaks to the media after the Bengals draft WR John Ross with the ninth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.