Cincinnati Bengals should not cave to Joe Burrow’s preseason wishes

Leigh Oleszczak
Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Mike Brown, owner and president of the Cincinnati Bengals, stated earlier this week that Joe Burrow would be held out of preseason action. Burrow retorted on Wednesday on media day by saying that he wants to get out there and take some hits before the season starts.

Burrow has yet to play in a preseason game for the Bengals, as there were no preseason games last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s looking like that streak will continue through this summer and it’s the right move for the Bengals. They need to stick to their guns with holding Burrow out of preseason games.

The biggest reason for optimism with the Bengals this year is because they have Joe Burrow as their quarterback and he has a stacked trio of wide receivers at his disposal. Putting Burrow on the field during preseason increases the risk of him getting injured and having to miss time during the 2021 season and that’s the absolute worst-case scenario for this team.

The Cincinnati Bengals have to stick to their guns and not let Joe Burrow play in the preseason.

Of course Burrow wants to get on the field and play. He’s a competitor and most football players are going to have this same mindset. The Bengals’ offense might be a bit sluggish when they first take the field in Week 1 due to Burrow not having taken any snaps, but that’s a risk the team should be willing to take. A sluggish start vs an injured quarterback is a no-brainer as far as which is the ideal option.

Burrow has the quarterback job locked up for the foreseeable future so preseason isn’t going to change anything for him, at least not when it comes to gaining much. The more he’s out there, the greater the risk of an injury occurring that could sideline him for an extended period of time.

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Keeping Burrow on the sideline might make him unhappy but at the end of the day, the Bengals are doing what they feel is best for not only Burrow, but for the organization as well. They have to put their foot down and not let Burrow go anywhere near the field during preseason action. It could be the difference between a respectable season and a catastrophic one.