Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow had an incredibly brutal sequence in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
Burrow came into Sunday’s game with the longest active streak without throwing an interception, which stretched to 199 pass attempts during the game itself. It ended in spectacular fashion — Burrow threw three straight interceptions on as many passes, the first of which was a pick-six to Roquan Smith.
Here’s the third straight interception, this one coming with Burrow facing heavy pressure:
Social media quickly took note of Burrow’s issues. Some likened his day to that of New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, who also had a rough day Sunday.
In general, though, the takes were mostly devoted to roasting the Bengals quarterback.
Believe it or not, Burrow came back and threw touchdown passes on his next two attempts. It wasn’t enough, as the Bears won 20-17.
Burrow had a rough training camp, which he downplayed. He looked right to after a Week 1 win, but this will raise a new set of concerns.
Last year, the Cincinnati Bengals made Joe Burrow the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. This year, the Bengals used the No. 5 overall pick to give Burrow a familiar weapon — his former LSU teammate, Ja’Marr Chase.
In LSU’s 2019 national championship season, Chase had 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. In his NFL debut on Sunday, Chase had five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. The bomb he caught from Burrow against the Minnesota Vikings for his first career NFL touchdown looked awfully familiar to LSU fans.
The LSU Football Twitter account even made a great video out of it that went viral. Take a look:
That sure was awesome. It was like looking at the same play.
The Bengals no doubt incorporated some of the successful plays LSU ran and added them to their playbook.
If he can keep making plays like that, Chase will put the drops talk to rest.
Ja’Marr Chase has had fairly significant issues with drops during the preseason, and that came up again during Sunday’s preseason game.
Chase was the target of a bubble screen from Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, with the pass going right through Chase’s hands. It’s been an ongoing issue for the rookie wide receiver, who has struggled with drops in game action and in certain practices in recent weeks.
Burrow came to Chase’s defense after the game, saying he remains confident in the wide receiver to be ready to go.
Burrow and Chase know each other well, having played together at LSU. Chase’s talent isn’t in doubt, and this seems like more of a mental issue at the moment. Burrow has had his own issues during camp, and they haven’t fazed the quarterback. Chase can probably take some inspiration from that.
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.
Here’s more from The Athletic:
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.