Optimistic Bengals predictions: Joe Burrow is everything advertised and more
A lot of the success in 2020 for Cincinnati is riding on the number one overall pick, Joe Burrow. There are always questions and concerns about rookies entering the league, but imagine what Zac Taylor’s offense could look like if the same Burrow that led his team to a National Championship shows up in a Bengals uniform right away.
The collegiate Burrow had excellent judgment about where to go with the football and made few mistakes. He was a fearless passer that trusted his wide receivers to make a play and gave them every opportunity to do so. He was a passer that could open up the deep air attack and gave guys an opportunity to become a bigger part of the gameplan. This LSU version of Burrow is the one Cincinnati is expecting him to eventually become, but what if he could manage that from day one?
If Burrow is able to adapt quickly to the NFL speed and physicality, he will be the heavy favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. There are enough pieces around him that if he is able to play up to his potential, the Bengals’ offense will be able to compete with anyone in the league. This is the kind of turnaround the front office is looking for from a player who had a tremendous college career.