Virtual offseason be damned, Joe Burrow remains atop the depth chart at the quarterback position for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Head coach Zac Taylor confirmed during his press conference Wednesday that Burrow will be the starting quarterback when the Bengals get back onto the field.
Zac Taylor said they're going to put a lot on Joe Burrow right out the gate. "He will walk in and take the first snaps at quarterback and he's prepared for that."— Marisa Contipelli (@BengalsMarisa) July 29, 2020
This comes after Paul Daugherty of Cincinnati Enquirer made the case for sitting Burrow this season.
Taylor’s statement isn’t very surprising considering nothing about the quarterback situation has changed. Burrow has been spending his entire first offseason preparing to be the starter, the team has advertised him as the starter, and they haven’t signed any quarterback off of the free agent market to compete with him.
From the moment Andy Dalton was released, it was all-but assured that Burrow would be the first to go under center.
With no preseason to change plans, Burrow will be the starter when the Los Angeles Chargers come to Cincinnati on September 13th.
Zac Taylor on his expectations for rookie QB Joe Burrow: "Play well Week 1. That's our starting point."— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) July 29, 2020
Taylor’s public expectations don’t go any further than that date, but it would take something dramatic for Burrow to not start the whole season.
Per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, Burrow is expected to sign his agreed upon rookie contract on Thursday, and provided he tests negative for COVID-19, he’ll enter training camp with Week 1 directly in his sights.
Me translating Zac Taylor and removing all his very kind and considerate words in regards to QB1: I think Joe Burrow is gonna be great and you better believe I'm sending him out there to prove it. You got to be out of your damn mind to think I'd do anything different.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) July 29, 2020