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Chalk Talk: Paul Dehner Jr. on Joe Burrow’s first offseason

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How are the Bengals preparing Joe Burrow and the rest of the team for a turnaround in 2020?

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After struggling to a 2-14 last season, the Bengals came out of the gates firing when the offseason began, highlighted by a surprisingly productive free agency period, then had what many experts viewed as one of the top 2020 NFL Draft classes.

However, things have come to a screeching halt for Cincinnati and the rest of the NFL, as COVID-19 has essentially wiped out all offseason workouts, a critical team-building block, especially for a team with as many new players as the Bengals.

On the latest episode of Chalk Talk, I talked with The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr. about Joe Burrow and the Bengals’ unique offseason.

Among the topics we discussed include:

  • Developing Burrow
  • Using technology as a teaching tool
  • Burrow’s pass-catchers
  • Free agency and the NFL Draft


All of the film review content will be on SB Nation’s Cincy Jungle podcast channel, along with the other episodes of The Orange and Black Insider. New shows like the “Orange is the New Black” podcast from Ace Boogie and Zim WhoDey and “Sorry If I Spit When I Speak” from Dadio Makdook and Dr. Hodgie Smodgie have also been added to the channel’s audio slate.