After rough first day in pads, should Bengals fans be concerned about Joe Burrow?
The Cincinnati Bengals offensive instills no confidence in fans for a week at training camp and begins with quarterback Joe Burrow.
Burrow, the # 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft, got away with a cruciate ligament rupture in the 10th game of his career on Nov. 22. but its performance has so far been lacking.
Burrow was 5 for 12 with an interception in 11v11 drills during practice on Tuesday, Jay Morrison and Paul Dehner Jr. reported for The Athletic. He almost picked up another pass and on the first day only hit one in pads for the team that was longer than 10 yards.
Some of that can be traced back to an outstanding defensive performance at camp this week. The defense made strong stakes one after the other and was the star of the camp. But Burrow allegedly threw between players, had passes easily broken by multiple defenders and looked uncomfortable against a team that clearly can't get too close to the QB in training.
There might be a variety of reasons for the fighting, but it was ugly. At one point there was pressure on his face and Burrow raised his leg in the air, almost to avoid an accident with the closed bag. One wonders if the knee is still in his head, but that's just guesswork. The bottom line is that his game can't be said to be comfortable at this point, and that's not at all what you saw from Burrow even in the early camp moments last season.
Burrow injured his knee in the third quarter against the Washington Football team and tore his ACL and MCL. It ended a brilliant start to a career that Bengals fans rightly looked forward to for the future. Recovery is estimated at six to nine months; it's eight since the injury.
Head coach Zac Taylor said on July 26th that Burrow "is entitled to anything," but there still seems to be a hesitation on Burrow's end. Or at least a little more football work that has to be done after eight months of extensive rehab in order to be fully back on the field.
As Yahoo Sports' NFL writer Frank Schwab wrote in June, fans should be nervous until Burrow fully tests the knee. And he "could never be the same quarterback," he wrote. Team owner Mike Brown said the star quarterback "probably" won't play in preseason games, so now is the time to clear that up.
The burrow is key to the Bengal's advancement and so far the camp needs significant improvements.
Joe Burrow comes back from a knee injury. (Dylan Buell / Getty Images)
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