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Can Joe Burrow help turn the Bengals into winners during his first season?

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Kurt Warner sees himself in Joe Burrow, agrees with comparisons and has message for Bengals' rookie
All eyes will be on Joe Burrow when the NFL kicks off its 2020 season. That's the price of admission when you're not only the first-overall pick in the NFL draft, but also one of -- if not the -- most heralded prospect to ever come out of the collegiate ranks. Burrow is coming off of arguably the best season in college football history, which includes winning both the Heisman and a national championship, making it a no-brainer the Bengals would sit tight atop the draft and select him as the new face of their ailing franchise. And with his selection comes instant comparisons to previous NFL legends, including one to Kurt Warner, who actually doesn't disagree with them whatsoever.

State of the AFC North: Burrow, Bengals Ready for Growing Pains
The Andy Dalton era in Cincinnati is now over, and with Burrow now a Bengal, there's plenty of hope surrounding a team that went just 2-14 a season ago. It's difficult for a rookie quarterback to completely turn a franchise around, little are doubting that. However, if there's one quarterback in recent draft history to do it, Burrow's the answer more times than not.

One Bengals legend loves the addition of Vonn Bell in free agency
Bell, all of 25 years old, has been uber-productive to this point in his career and takes some stress away from Shawn Williams — if not makes his seat a little hot come roster bubble time. Bell is a chess piece for coaches and one of those leader types the Bengals simply couldn’t refuse when they saw he was still available.

Tyler Boyd rightfully tabbed as Bengals’ most underappreciated player
Boiling it down in simpler terms, Boyd is great. With A.J. Green mostly sidelined in each of the last two seasons, he functioned as the No. 1 wideout while going for 1,000-plus yards both years and scoring 12 touchdowns with 50-plus first downs both times.

Joe Burrow, AJ Green, other questions out of NFL's AFC North in 2020
The Bengals are handing Joe Burrow the quarterback keys. Burrow is bound to start Week 1. Cincinnati even released nine-year starter Andy Dalton, so Burrow wouldn’t have to look over his shoulder.

Can Joe Burrow be a winner as a Bengals rookie?
Burrow also has the added pomp, circumstance and pressure of being the No. 1 overall pick. A top pick hasn't been part of a winning team in his rookie season since Jadeveon Clowney in 2014 with the Texans, and a quarterback taken with the top selection hasn't been a member of a winning squad in his rookie campaign since Andrew Luck with the Colts in 2012.

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 offseason storylines to watch
The NFL is allowing the gradual reopening of team facilities, beginning with non-football related personnel, but extended the virtual workouts for teams through most of June. While clubs would normally be having organized team activities at this time, teams instead are holding classroom instruction, workouts and non-football educational programs via video conferencing.

Bengals unveil Burrow color rush jersey and it's a big hit
Bengals first-round pick Joe Burrow hasn't even slipped on a practice jersey for the team yet, but fans can order the "Color Rush" jersey he will wear at some point in the 2020 season and many already have placed that order.

Around the league

Jets safety Adams unlikely to be extended, traded in near future
"The Jets would like to do a long-term deal, they're just in the situation of basically every other team right now in the NFL of making sure that everything is going according to plan, making sure that the season really does start on time before they dig into some long-term extensions," Rapoport said on NFL NOW. "Of course, Jamal Adams wants one right now, who doesn't? It does not sound like that's going to happen."

Blake Jarwin ready for bigger role in Cowboys' offense
"I'm excited for the task," Jarwin recently told the team's official website. "I'm grateful that they believe in me to be the future of the tight end position. It's my job to never be content with that. To just say 'I got a great deal now and I can coast.' That's never been my approach and that won't be approach in the future. Now I have to push myself even harder and prove that I deserve what they gave me."

Brandon Graham: Eagles have 'advantage' this offseason
With the NFL offseason disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teams owning continuity on the coaching staff and star players could own a distinct advantage in preparing for the 2020 season.

NFL teams begin process of reopening club facilities
Falcons president Rich McKay explained to reporters Tuesday that the Falcons have only one entrance open for entry and exiting. Temperatures are taken at the door. Masks must be worn at all times unless in a closed office. The cafeteria and team meeting rooms are closed. About 15 people returned to the Flowery Branch, Ga., facility Tuesday, per McKay, who also gave a virtual tour of the Falcons' reopened facility.