Cincinnati’s new man under center, Joe Burrow, appears to have two favorite targets early on in his career for the Bengals.
Well, it didn’t take long for the rave reviews of Joe Burrow to roll out of the Cincinnati Bengals’ training camp. Early reports indicate that the reigning Heisman has a good knowledge of the playbook, a tremendous command of the huddle, and more, although he has had shaky moments in the red-zone from time to time.
If you leaf through all of the tweets, rumors, and rumblings, two names continue to pop up: Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate. The duo of pass-catchers has seemingly already built a nice chemistry with the new face of the franchise.
In Friday’s scrimmage, the connection between Burrow and Tate was the catalyst for getting the offense roaring. According to the Athletics’ Paul Dehner Jr., the LSU product found his 6’5 wide receiver for two touchdowns and a fourteen-yard third-down conversion. Not bad a bad stat line to kick off their working relationship.
Don’t forget about the Joe Burrow to Tyler Boyd connection either
It has long been anticipated that Tyler Boyd could wind up being one of Joe Burrow’s favorite targets. The fifth-year standout has single-handedly kept the Bengals’ offense afloat at times and his skill set matches nicely with Burrow’s. For proof of that, look no further than what Burrow was able to accomplish with his slot receiver in college, Justin Jefferson.
In one press conference, it was noted that the two appeared to indeed be off to a fast start and Burrow agreed, saying,
“He [Boyd] has great body language in his routes. I understand when he’s gonna break and he knows where I expect to put the ball and I know where he wants the ball put on every route to every coverage. Things are going really well so far. We’re gonna continue to build that relationship, along with the other guys.”
As training camp progresses, expect to hear more reports of the two lighting things up together.
Joe Burrow is just beginning to dip into his arsenal
While Burrow has connected well with two of his new teammates quickly, it’s important to note he’s just beginning to utilize all of the talent around him. A.J. Green has been precautionarily sidelined. Tee Higgins is being worked into the fold slowly. Not to mention, John Ross had to leave training camp.
As the season wears on, one of the most interesting storylines for the Bengals will revolve around which player becomes Burrow’s go-to. Will it be the seasoned superstar, Green? Speedster Ross? Young gun Higgins? Tough-as-they-come Boyd? Regardless of who takes the lead role, Cincinnati’s offense looks primed to take a step forward from what fans saw a season ago.