With just three practices under his belt, Joe Burrow oozes confidence about his readiness to start the season. Burrow had his first snaps with the first team offense and he played well. He dropped back and made plays with his arm and his feet. He took the second team reps and was just as good. There is no doubt he’ll be on the field Sunday in Cleveland, and he’ll continue to play.
After five seasons in the NFL, the veteran quarterback is motivated to start this season.
Joe Burrow is ready to be the man in Cleveland’s backfield, but not before proving himself in the preseason.
Joe Burrow, the quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, is coming back from an ACL injury and has barely played in the preseason, but he is full of optimism.
Burrow has a swagger about him most of the time. It’s been that way since he was a standout at LSU, and it’s carried over into the NFL. The No. 1 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft is ready to go, and he’s expecting a great season that will make fantasy football managers worldwide happy.
Joe Burrow had a good year in 2020 before tearing his ACL.
As he takes his first snap after a knee injury, Joe Burrow receives a standing ovation from the fans inside Paul Brown Stadium.
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Despite the Bengals having one of the weakest offensive lines in the league, Joe Burrow’s NFL career got off to a good start last autumn.
In his first ten games, Burrow completed 65.3 percent of his throws for 2,688 yards and 13 touchdowns versus five interceptions. He put up such statistics while under constant pressure, as he was sacked 32 times in that 10-game span.
The Bengals quarterback shown a great lot of tenacity and leadership on a team that desperately needed both. However, everything was about to come to a stop.
In Week 11, Burrow led the Bengals to Washington, D.C., to face the Football Team. With the pocket crumbling around him early in the third quarter, he dropped back to throw, but several Washington lineman grabbed Burrow down low. Later tests revealed a torn ACL in his left knee after he fell to the ground and was carried off the field.
It was a heartbreaking moment for both Burrow and the Bengals. Despite this, Burrow said that he would work as hard as he could to recuperate ahead of time.
During the preseason, Cincinnati has been cautious with its young quarterback as he recovers from such a serious injury. The 24-year-old, on the other hand, seems unconcerned with his lack of preseason reps. Burrow is eagerly anticipating the start of the season.
Despite just playing three preseason plays, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton believes he is “ready” for Week 1.
As he began on-field training for the first time since sustaining the injury, Joe Burrow confessed to experiencing a “mental barrier” early in camp. He’s eager to go back to work now that he’s passed that barrier, even though he just played three preseason plays.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said he will be extra careful with Burrow throughout the preseason to keep him out of harm’s way. The former Heisman Trophy winner got his first preseason action against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, but he only played three plays and threw one pass.
Despite his lack of in-game experience, Burrow expressed confidence in his (and the team’s) preparedness.
“Yes. Burrow told Pro Football Talk following Sunday’s game, “We’re ready to play.” “I’m looking forward to the next week. We have an opportunity to correct our thinking. The body will not be as taxed as before. We have an opportunity to prepare physically for Week One. I’m looking forward to creating a game plan and being ready to go.”
Burrow isn’t the only quarterback who has been given special attention in the preseason. When it comes to Dak Prescott’s comeback from an ankle injury, the Dallas Cowboys have adopted a similar approach. Because of the lack of preseason repetitions, it’s reasonable to speculate that the two will need a short adjusting time.
Burrow’s unfamiliarity with game pace may be a factor early on. Despite this, he seems unfazed by the task. Cincy’s year-over-year progress will almost certainly be aided by the second-year quarterback. For fantasy managers, he may be a great upside player.
Joe Burrow may have a huge sophomore season | Getty Images/Dylan Buell
Joe Burrow’s fantasy football stock is a little difficult to figure out. Some managers may be worried about his knee and front-line protection. In fantasy football, he might be a QB2 with significant QB1 potential.
According to Fantasy Pros, Burrow’s average draft position (ADP) is QB13. In normal 12-team teams, it puts him barely beyond the range of being a starting quarterback. He does, however, have the offensive tools to be a top fantasy quarterback.
In 2020, Burrow formed a strong bond with fellow rookie Tee Higgins. In 2018 and 2019, Tyler Boyd recorded back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Burrow is most acquainted with former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase, who is lined up as wide receiver. Chase had a rough preseason, but it’s worth remembering that he didn’t play any football in 2020. He’s still a very gifted player.
In addition, the offensive line is expected to be considerably better in 2021. Although Carman had a poor preseason, Cincy acquired left tackle Riley Reiff in free agency and selected offensive tackle Jackson Carman in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
It’ll be fascinating to watch how Burrow adjusts as he gains more game experience. The weaponry and upgrades on the offensive line, on the other hand, may make him feel more at ease. As if Burrow didn’t have enough self-assurance already.
Pro Football Reference provided the statistics.
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