Bengals legend Boomer Esiason on Joe Burrow: “A can’t-miss guy.”
Boomer Esiason, who in his first eight pro starts had a better passer rating than Drew Brees and Andrew Luck, more touchdown passes than Ben Roethlisberger and the same yards per attempt as Tom Brady in their first half of an NFL season, told you so.
Bye The Numbers For Burrow: A Snapshot With Other QBs After Their First Eight NFL Starts
They are culled from some of his Bengals predecessors (Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, Jeff Blake, Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton), as well some fellow overall No. 1 picks from the previous decade (Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray) as well as some big-time players still flinging, such as Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers.
Carlos Dunlap Impresses in Seahawks Debut
“Carlos had many fine seasons here and showed rare physical talent that took him to multiple Pro Bowls,” Bengals President Mike Brown said after the trade. “I will always remember the role he played as a key part of exceptional defenses that we rode to the playoffs year after year. There are a lot of fond memories I have of Carlos, and I wish him well.”
What to expect from Bengals' Joe Burrow in second half
Logic suggests that quarterbacks who find their footing quicker as young starters are likely to see a spike in performance in the second half of the first seasons as they get more familiar with the offensive scheme, the tendencies of the receivers, the speed of the game and all of those defenses designed to destroy them.
Midseason Review: A Breakdown of the Bengals' Rookies
"Best case scenario," Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said after the team drafted Tee Higgins and Logan Wilson in rounds two and three. "Truthfully. I think this was the best-case scenario. As we came into today, if you said that we were going to go get a receiver and a linebacker that we had at the top of our board, we were going to get both of them, I would have thought that you were crazy. I would have thought you probably had to trade back and then trade up. For the way that it happened for us today, just standing firm at 33 and 65, is surprising that it worked out for us."
Three speedy receivers the Cincinnati Bengals need to keep an eye on
If you’ve been keeping your eye on the Cincinnati Bengals the past three weeks, it’s been no secret that their offense has begun to find its footing. Behind the stellar play of rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, the orange and black faithful are finally beginning to see the offensive promise that was guaranteed with the hiring of Zac Taylor.
Chad Johnson offers huge praise for Bengals WR Tee Higgins
Higgins has indeed caught on quick, working his way into the rotation alongside A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd, shoving aside the likes of John Ross. Due to his strong connection with Joe Burrow, he’s sitting on 33 catches for 488 yards and three scores while primed for a big second half of the season.
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NFL Week 9: What we learned from Sunday's games
Drew Brees is once again the NFL career TD passes record-holder, having surpassed Tom Brady, and most importantly for the here and now, keyed a season sweep for the Saints (6-2) over the Buccaneers (6-3). This ballyhooed Sunday nighter was a one-sided walloping. Brees was in vintage form, while the Buccaneers found no answers against a stellar New Orleans defensive effort. As stunning as it was to see the Bucs buckle and tumble under the lights, it was striking seeing Brees and the offense go to work with an arsenal seemingly healthy and on its game for the first time in a long time.
Giants' Logan Ryan dedicates game-winning INT to wife
"There was no doubt in my mind that if my wife was in stable condition that I was going to play this game," Ryan, who has two children, said. "Because I play for my family, and playing ball brings me a lot of joy, and it brings my family a lot of joy. I talked to her before the game, she just got back to New Jersey, she was resting and watching the game, and she just knows me and she just says, 'Bring a ball home for me and the kids.' I visualized it all week and I was able to do that."
Saints' Michael Thomas says he's 'grown' from practice fight, aims to 'win a championship'
Since Thomas last played -- and last talked to the media -- a lot has happened. Initially, it was the ankle injury, then he was disciplined by the team for punching teammate Chauncey Gardner-Johnson in practice, and lately, he's been dealing with a hamstring injury.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger downplays knee injury: 'I'll be fine'
The injury came during the Steelers' second-to-last series of the first half. As the veteran quarterback stepped up in a collapsing pocket to deliver a pass, he took a shot from Cowboys defensive tackle Neville Gallimore and was sandwiched between the rookie DT and Demarcus Lawrence.