Cincinnati Bengals: All eyes will be on Joe Burrow in OTAs

Joe Burrow (Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Joe Burrow (Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Cincinnati Bengals are thrilled to have Joe Burrow healthy and ready to go for the 2021 season. The former No. 1 overall pick is participating in OTAs this week and it’s an excellent sign for the season to come.

Per Adam Maya of,

"Tuesday’s light workout provided Cincinnati with an up-close look at its QB connecting with former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase. The two won a national title together and earned All-America honors during a record-breaking 2019 season. One year after selecting Burrow No. 1, the Bengals took Chase with the fifth overall pick."

This is music to Bengals fans’ ears, as the Ja’Marr Chase pick was criticized but the Bengals made it for a reason. That reason was likely to provide Burrow with his favorite weapon from a season in which he put up gaudy numbers at LSU, won the Heisman, won a National Championship, and went No. 1 overall. This is the beginning of what’s hopefully a long-time connection between Burrow and Chase.

Everyone will be watching to see what Joe Burrow does in Bengals OTAs.

Burrow is going to be the biggest storyline for a slew of reasons. First and foremost, he’s the quarterback and went No. 1 overall just one year ago. That’s always going to make you a more popular attraction.

Secondly, he was injured and missed the final six games of his rookie year. Is he healthy? How does the knee look? Is he throwing the ball well? People want to know how players look after they recover from surgery and Burrow is no exception to this rule.

We’re early on preparations for the 2021 season but Burrow is going to highlight them all and just seeing him on the field, even in a limited role, was a nice sight. Bengals fans are certainly hoping Burrow can build on what he started last year in what looked to be a promising rookie campaign before it was derailed by an injury.

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With an improved offensive line and a new weapon at his disposal, Joe Burrow has a chance to do something special this year. OTAs is where it starts this year and he’ll continue to be the center of attention.