The Cincinnati Bengals still have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, but it’s improved from a season ago. A crux to any offense, the Bengals built on the line in 2019, taking Jonah Williams in the first-round of the draft.
Williams missed all season, and as the two-win Bengals were awarded the No. 1 overall pick, they continued to build their offense. With Williams healthy and the signing of Xavier Su’a-Filo, this offensive line has potential.
They’ll need to work together and work seamlessly with Burrow. The rookie QB spoke on what he needs to do in order to build their trust and get them to get in the trenches each and every play for him.
“It’s just natural. You just be yourself, talk to them, have conversations about them. Be confident in the huddle. O-linemen really have a good B.S. meter and if you’re not confident in the huddle and saying the play confidently, they are going to think you don’t know what you’re doing so that’s something I’ve really taken to heart and tried to do,” Burrow told Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson.
Before he gave a piece of advice that made him sound like a 10-year veteran, Burrow told the real secret to a happy o-line — Christmas presents.
“They are going to have some nice Christmas presents this year,” Burrow added.
That said, here are the starters that he may have to keep happy in order to stay upright.
#Bengals first offensive line group to line up today:— Marisa Contipelli (@BengalsMarisa) August 17, 2020
The Bengals ranked near the bottom in Pro Football Focus’ offensive line rankings.
It’s an issue they know is there, and they’re working to fix. For now, those five have potential, and those five will look to stop a few of the league’s most fierce pass rushers like Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt in 2020.