Joe Burrow was living up to the hype of a No. 1 overall pick. The rookie quarterback was showing tremendous potential despite playing behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league. Unfortunately, he went down with a knee injury that ended his first year prematurely.
Now, it’s all about getting back onto the field for the Cincinnati Bengals. Apparently, Burrow’s father, Jimmy Burrow, is optimistic about a return for the opening week of the 2021 season. Earlier this month, he joined the guys at Off The Bench to offer an update on his son.
“He’s attacking that (physical therapy), just like he did preparation for a game, all indications things are going great. He’s looking forward to getting back with the Bengals for the first game next year. He’s in constant contact with teammates and coaches.”
That is obviously great news. It was a scary injury that ended a promising rookie season, but this has been the hope all along.
Of course, Cincinnati will want to continue building that offensive line through the offseason. That way, the unit is more equipped to keep its young franchise quarterback upright. As it sits, the Bengals have a top-5 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
That caliber of pick puts a player such as star Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell within reach.
In 10 games, Burrow completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He also added another 142 yards and three scores on the ground, continuing his dual-threat ability from college.
Hopefully, he will be ready to go by the opening game in early Sept. of 2021.
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