Bengals: 5 bold predictions for Joe Burrow as he preps for his debut

Cincinnati Bengals, Joe Burrow (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Joe Burrow will win Offensive Rookie of the Year

Last year, Kyler Murray won offensive rookie of the year after an impressive campaign in Arizona. The former top draft pick was the obvious choice going into the season and did not disappoint.

Joe Burrow enters the 2020 season as the favorite to win offensive rookie of the year and he will not disappoint either. The biggest competition for Burrow will be from Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa or former collegiate teammate Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Tagovailoa is coming off a devastating injury and hasn’t even earned his team’s starting job out of the gate, giving the Bengals’ man under center a head start. Edwards-Helaire, on the other hand, is in a prime position to succeed with the reigning Super Bowl champions, but he’ll have to fight for carries and targets from the likes of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.

Outside of the favorable competition he’s going up against, the biggest reason Burrow will walk away with offensive rookie of the year is that he has a much better surrounding cast than any other rookie quarterback has had over the last few years.

With star wide receivers A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd running routes, Burrow will have top tier options that can make plays after the catch. He also has a great running back in Joe Mixon who can help take some of the pressure off him in big situations. A solid second tier of wide receivers in John Ross and Tee Higgins top things off. Burrow will be able to utilize these playmakers to have an excellent season.