Joe Burrow was greeted with a standing ovation from Cincinnati Bengals fans as he took the field for the first time since suffering a torn ACL last season.
Burrow made his preseason debut Sunday, though he played only one series for Cincinnati. As he and the rest of the offense took the field, Bengals fans rose to their feet to give the quarterback a cool standing ovation.
It’s fair to say Burrow is still held in high regard by Bengals fans despite some issues in training camp. It helped that he looked impressive in his 10 games last season, throwing 13 touchdowns to only five interceptions. With the addition of Ja’Marr Chase on offense to go along with Tee Higgins, there is every reason to believe those numbers will be eclipsed this year.
Burrow is not expected to face any limitations once the regular season starts, and his recovery appears to have gone as well as he could have hoped.
One of the more interesting stories of training camp thus far has been Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow’s issues. Last year’s first overall pick has struggled by all accounts, and has been characterized as looking uncomfortable and struggling to complete passes that he had little trouble with in 2020.
On Saturday, Burrow spoke to the media and addressed the issue. He said his problems are purely mental and, while he is frustrated, he’s also not panicking yet.
Burrow is working his way back from a major knee injury, which has been theorized as a potential cause for his early struggles. Burrow’s admission that the issues are primarily mental will only reinforce that hypothesis. Even though his recovery from surgery has gone great physically, there can be a bit of a mental block when it comes to actually taking hits again.
Burrow was excellent in ten starts in 2020, throwing for 13 touchdowns and five interceptions before his season-ending injury. While you never want to hear the word “panic” associated with a quarterback at this point, there’s no reason to be there yet. It may be a case of shaking off some rust and getting back into the swing of things. Burrow has plenty of weapons around him, and he should be fine — as long as the offensive line does a good enough job of keeping him on his feet.
Joe Burrow said recently that he is close to 100 percent recovered from the torn ACL he suffered last season, but the former No. 1 overall pick has a lot of rust to shake off before Week 1.
The early reports from Cincinnati Bengals training camp have not been good for those on the offensive side of the ball. Jay Morrison and Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic shared some of their observations on Tuesday, and they said Burrow and the offense are committing multiple turnovers almost every practice session. Burrow has struggled to throw the ball downfield, and the way he has been playing makes the reporters wonder if he is nervous about getting hit near his surgically repaired knee.
While practice stats tend to mean very little, Burrow completed just 5-of-12 passes with an interception during the 11-on-11 portion of Tuesday’s session. He did not appear to be on the same page with wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. Chase, of course, played college ball with Burrow at LSU.
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Throws that felt like layups last year are dropping harmlessly away from receivers or easily broken up by multiple defenders. There might be a multitude of reasons for the struggles, but this has been ugly. At one point, pressure pushed into his face and Burrow lifted his leg into the air almost to avoid any accident with the close pocket. It makes you wonder if the knee is still in his head, but that’s strictly guesswork. The bottom line is there’s no way to say his play looks comfortable at this point and this isn’t at all what you have seen from Burrow even in the early camp moments of last season.
Obviously, there is no need to panic. Burrow is still recovering from a major knee injury, and the regular season is five weeks away. Though, Burrow is making it somewhat difficult to believe what he said earlier this offseason about his connection with Chase.
All of the reports about Burrow’s knee injury to this point have been positive. Most quarterbacks who return from a torn ACL experience an adjustment period, so it’s better for Burrow to get his mistakes out of the way in July and August. Bengals fans may simply need to be patient when the regular season begins.
Joe Burrow lobbied hard for the Cincinnati Bengals to select his former college teammate Ja’Marr Chase in the NFL Draft. After they did so, the quarterback isn’t shying away from hyping up their connection.
Burrow and Chase took extra reps together during OTAs and minicamp, and the quarterback said his connection with Chase was “right back to where it was” when the two played together at LSU. Burrow also wasn’t shy about saying that he’d made clear to teammates how good Chase would be.
“Everybody’s been surprised by how smart he was and I told everyone coming in, ‘he’s not going to bust, he’s going to know exactly what to do, he’s going to be a pro,’ and that’s exactly what’s happened. He’s super smooth on the field,” Burrow said of Chase, via Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
“It doesn’t look like he’s going super hard and guys are coming to me and saying is he going hard? Then we go up against the defense and he looks exactly the same and he’s doing the same, but he’s just at a different speed than everybody else. He’s going to be great for us and he’s a great friend as well.”
Burrow has been ecstatic about the Chase pick since it was made. He clearly envisions the two becoming one of the most dangerous quarterback-receiver combinations in the NFL. The Bengals want that too, and it sounds like the early signs are very good.
Joe Burrow said earlier this offseason that he expects to be fully recovered from his knee injury in time for the start of the 2021 season, and his doctor agrees.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who operated on Burrow’s knee in Los Angeles in December, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday that he expects the quarterback to be “all systems go” for the Bengals’ regular-season opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 12.
“He’s on track for full go for start of the season,” ElAttrache said. “He’s doing all the work. He’s worked his tail off and been an amazingly mature participant in his recovery. He’s focused and great to work with.”
That is consistent with everything we have heard this offseason, but it certainly holds more weight coming from the doctor who performed surgery on Burrow. ElAttrache added that Burrow’s knee has been “performing perfectly” given the circumstances.
Burrow suffered a torn ACL on Nov. 22 against Washington. He underwent surgery on Dec. 2. Doctors have recommended that he not take part in any contact drills for nine months, so it seems likely that he will sit out the preseason.
The Bengals aren’t going to rush Burrow. He’s the future of their franchise, and they care a lot more about his long-term health than winning games at the start of the 2021 season. That said, they have already shared encouraging updates about his rehab. You can understand why they are so optimistic after hearing what ElAttrache had to say.
The Cincinnati Bengals gave Joe Burrow a nice present with the No. 5 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
Cincinnati drafted former LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase with their first-round pick. Chase played at LSU in 2018 and 2019 but opted out of last season.
During LSU’s national championship season in 2019, Chase had 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. That was the same year Burrow threw for 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns.
You think Burrow was happy to have Chase as a teammate again? He tweeted the following GIF of Chase celebrating a touchdown pass:
The Bengals are envisioning the connect between the two men living on throughout the NFL.
Cincinnati had A.J. Green as their franchise receiver for several years. Green is now with the Arizona Cardinals. Chase is well-positioned to take over that spot for the next decade.
Joe Burrow has only played one injury-shortened season for the Cincinnati Bengals, but the young quarterback appears to be flexing his muscle in voicing his roster preferences to the team.
Albert Breer of The MMQB noted in his recent mock draft that Burrow is urging the Bengals to draft LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase with the fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft. Burrow and Chase were teammates at LSU and won a national title together in 2020.
The Bengals are in dire need of offensive line help. However, Breer thinks the team’s recent free agent addition of Riley Reiff could allow Cincinnati to select the wide receiver Burrow apparently wants.
It’s easy to see why Burrow would want to play with Chase again. In 2019, the wide receiver caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns while playing with Burrow. Chase hasn’t played since, having opted out of the 2020 season to focus on his professional career.
Joe Burrow had a great response to Chad Johnson’s claim on Thursday.
Johnson, the former NFL wide receiver who was known as “Ochocinco,” claimed that he could help Burrow and Odell Beckham avoid further injuries. Johnson claims his 6-month meal prep plan would help both players, who are recovering from torn ACLs.
The claim sounds promising, but Burrow wasn’t quite buying it. He had to let Johnson down gently.
What’s the deal with McDonald’s? Johnson said a few months ago that he ate McDonald’s every day when he played. He credited that as the reason he never got injured. His reasoning was funny; if he could eat that fast food and his body would put up with it, his body would be able to handle the punishment it got from hits in the NFL.
That has to be the oddest food belief that we have heard since the old Jim Harbaugh story. It’s nice the diet worked for Ochocinco, who made six Pro Bowls as a player. But Burrow is probably best off avoiding the strategy.
Joe Burrow suffered a torn ACL late in the 2020 season, so it is fair to wonder if he will be ready in time for Week 1 next year. Based on everything we have heard about his recovery, it sounds like the Cincinnati Bengals star is on the right track.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor was asked about Burrow’s rehab on Wednesday, and he did not provide much detail. He did, however, say the team has been encouraged by the quarterback’s progress.
“I know that he’s on pace to do all the things that we were hoping he’d do,” Taylor said, via Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Burrow tore his ACL on Nov. 22. A torn ACL typically requires a recovery period of 6-9 months for NFL players, though Burrow’s injury was said to be even worse than expected. If Burrow took the full nine months, that would mean he’d be 100 percent healthy somewhere around Aug. 22.
Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin said this week that things look “very positive” for Burrow.
“The good news is with Joe, what I’ve seen around here is he’s attacking it full speed and looks great and so it’s been very positive seeing him fight back,” Robin said. “It looks very positive for the future and for this coming season for Joe.”
The Bengals aren’t going to rush Burrow. He’s the future of their franchise, and they care a lot more about his long-term health than winning games at the start of the 2021 season. That said, Burrow shared an encouraging update about his rehab a few weeks ago. It would not be a surprise if he is ready to go come Week 1.
Joe Burrow appears to be perfectly on schedule in his rehab from knee surgery, if his Instagram is any indication.
The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback posted an older picture of himself running, along with a two-word caption: “Coming soon.”
ESPN’s Ben Baby pointed out that mid-February marked the point when Burrow was supposed to start running as part of his rehab work.
The picture isn’t new, but the caption seems to indicate that Burrow is ready to hit that mark of his rehab. It would suggest he’s on schedule, which gives him a real shot at being ready for the start of the 2021 season.
Burrow suffered the knee injury in November, and it turned out to be even more significant than feared at the time. That said, he’s been hitting his rehab benchmarks, and appears to be suggesting that he’s still right where he needs to be.