Even though the Bengals’ keep losing, Joe Burrow has been a huge positive this season.
Burrow is having unprecedented success for a rookie quarterback outside of wins and losses. But even Peyton Manning went 3-13 in his first season.
Pro Football Focus ranked all 32 starting quarterbacks before the season began. They recently revisited their rankings after six weeks. Burrow is ranked at #15, which is seven spots higher than he was six weeks ago.
Here’s what PFF said about Burrow:
The Bengals’ future is looking great if Burrow survives his rookie season behind the offensive line, because his play this season has been impressive outside of one disastrous game against Baltimore. Burrow has been under pressure on 36.6% of his dropbacks but has remained poised and efficient at quarterback. There are some negatives to his rookie performance so far, and he has completed just two deep shots in six weeks, but overall the good far outweighs the bad, and he climbs the rankings significantly despite us already holding a pretty favorable view of how he would perform out of the box.
Burrow has earned a PFF grade of 74.9 this season, which is the third-highest on the team. Only Tyler Boyd and Jessie Bates have a higher grade so far this year.
For all that has been going right, there are still a few things going wrong. Burrow is still a rookie, he still has development ahead of him.
While that means he may not be a top starting quarterback in 2020, he will be far above #15 in the next few years to come.