Training camp is right around the corner for the Cincinnati Bengals and while there are several position battles to keep track of during camp, the quarterback position is not going to have a battle at all. Joe Burrow is the starting quarterback of the Bengals, period.
Burrow is entering year No. 2 as the signal-caller of the Cincinnati Bengals and while year No. 1 was promising, we didn’t get a full season from the No. 1 overall pick due to his injury late in the season. This makes the 2021 season even more intriguing because not only is Burrow back under center, but the team has given him his favorite weapon from his LSU days.
Burrow might be QB1 in 2021 but what does the rest of the Bengals’ quarterback depth chart look like entering training camp?
Here’s what the Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback depth chart looks like entering training camp.
- Joe Burrow
- Brandon Allen
- Kyle Shurmur
- Eric Dungey
As mentioned above, Burrow is the starter and unless something unfortunate occurs in training camp, that isn’t changing. While some could see the backup quarterback situation being flexible, Allen is a nice option to back up Burrow this year given his previous experience as a backup quarterback in the league.
Allen spent his rookie season with the Broncos and started three games for them. He then signed with the Bengals in 2020 and started the final five games of the season after Burrow went down and Ryan Finley couldn’t get it done. Allen was fine as a backup and can carry the load for a few games if needed.
As for the other two quarterbacks on the roster, they’re battling it out for the third-string job. Shurmur played college football at Vanderbilt and was signed as a UDFA by the Chiefs in 2019. He signed with the Bengals in the 2020 offseason and didn’t have a preseason to show if he was worth keeping around but that will change this year.
The Bengals signed Dungey earlier this offseason, giving them their fourth quarterback for training camp. Dungey played college football at Syracuse and previously spent time with the Giants, Browns, and Dallas Renegades of the XFL before signing with the Bengals.
Shurmur nor Dungey have found their way onto the field yet as an NFL quarterback and Bengals fans are hoping that doesn’t change in 2021 because it’d mean both Burrow was injured and Allen was also injured or struggled mightily. The two will fight it out for the third-string job in camp and it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top, even if it is for a spot on the practice squad.
The Bengals are fortunate to not have any drama when it comes to the quarterback position and that the only camp battle is for the third-string job. Who do you think wins the third-string job between Shurmur and Dungey?