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Cincinnati Bengals: 3 reasons Joe Burrow should skip the Senior Bowl

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 28: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers celebrates during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 28: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers celebrates during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /
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The Cincinnati Bengals and the Senior Bowl would love to see LSU quarterback Joe Burrow in Mobile. However, Burrow doesn’t need the game as much as Zac Taylor does.

There is a lot of talk about Joe Burrow and the 2020 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. The hope for Zac Taylor and the Cincinnati Bengals is that he accepts an invitation and bolsters what is already a great event. For Taylor, who is coaching the South squad, it’s a big jumpstart to the offseason and seeing the talent available in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Burrow, who is expected to be the name the Bengals call when Roger Goodell announces the first pick, doesn’t need to play in the Senior Bowl. As a matter of fact, the game on Monday night against Clemson in the National Championship game is essentially his “Senior Bowl.” Even a dreadful performance and lopsided loss aren’t likely to move the needle with him being the odds-on favorite to be Cincinnati’s first pick.

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For Taylor and the Bengals, the game in Mobile is there opportunity to focus on the draft board after the first round. Cincinnati has a lot of holes to fill for them to be competitive. The offensive line, linebacker, and even wide receiver are positions they can fill with the players they work with while in Mobile.

Burrow at the Senior Bowl would be nice, but it isn’t critical. The Bengals have an entire season of tape, including a playoff game and Monday nights game against Clemson to know what they will be getting.

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