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Bengals News (9/8): Joe Burrow only rookie quarterback starting Week 1

This offseason didn’t allow most rookie quarterbacks to put their best foot forward, but Joe Burrow isn’t most rookie quarterbacks.

Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Bengals and Chargers will have two different looks for the 2020 regular season opener.
After this pandemic preseason of precious little information around a quarantined league, Bynes was asked Monday during his media Zoom call if he's checked TV to track the Bengals' Opening Day opponent since the Chargers are featured on this season's Hard Knocks.

Bengals Notebook: Zac Counting on A.J. Green And His Memorable Openers; Jonah Making A Debut, Too; Sage Bynes Brings LBs Some Needed Mileage
Even though Green hasn't played a full game since Oct. 28, 2018, it's hard to come up with a better Opening Day target for Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. Green bailed out Burrow's predecessor in his NFL debut nine years ago, so here he is.

Bengals Begin Game Prep
An official injury report won't emerge until after Wednesday's practice, but it appeared head coach Zac Taylor has a shot to get everybody to the gate. Early in practice the only players not working appeared to be eight-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins and strong safety Shawn Williams.

Cincinnati Bengals 2020 season preview - Will Joe Burrow begin the turnaround?
The Cincinnati Bengals are ranked No. 30 in ESPN's Football Power Index ahead of the 2020 NFL season. With no preseason games this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, Week 1 is the first time we'll see new acquisitions and rookies like quarterback Joe Burrow. Week 1 will also give us the first NFL games since Super Bowl LIV in February.

'Like he's been there before': What Bengals are saying about Joe Burrow
From the time the Bengals clinched the top draft pick in December to now, the former LSU quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner has dominated conversation as the Bengals try to get over last year's 2-14 season and continue a rebuild accelerated by Burrow's selection.

Bengals Notes — Green's return, Burrow's preparation and Jonah's anticipation
"We're fortunate because we're deep at receiver and we feel like there are a lot guys that can step in there and be a primary receiver," Taylor said. "You call a play and you don't necessarily have to look to see who's out there to make sure what play call. You feel the confidence all those guys can execute their jobs."

A.J. Green looks 'good,' but Bengals likely to monitor WR's snaps in Week 1
The long road back included tweaking his hamstring three weeks ago, which led to more missed practice time and gnawing thoughts that it could be another injury-riddled season for the seven-time Pro Bowler.

Zac Taylor: Joe Burrow has verified, earned starting job
It’s not exactly like Burrow had much competition with Andy Dalton now in Dallas. Ryan Finley and Brandon Allen aren’t Ryan Fitzpatrick or Tyrod Taylor, who will start over first-round rookies in Miami and Los Angeles respectively.

Joe Burrow is lone 1st-round QB starting with Herbert, Tagovailoa out
And then there is Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins, the draft’s fifth pick. He’ll hold the clipboard in Week 1 while the veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick takes the field, something the Dolphins confirmed Monday.

Boilers in the Pros: Markus Bailey Makes Bengals Roster-NFL- Cincinnati-Rookie
Like most Purdue players, his career with the Boilermakers was marred by injury (2 A.C.L.s and a hip surgery) but when healthy, he was one of the best linebackers in the Big10. His 83 solo tackles during his junior campaign ranked first in the Big10 and 6th in the nation. His 7 sacks as a sophomore ranked 6th overall in the Big10. As a redshirt freshman, he snagged 4 interceptions, good for 6th in the Big10. Needless to say, Bailey can do a little bit of everything.

Around the league

NFL Power Rankings, Week 1: Chiefs, 49ers on top at kickoff
First ... a shameless plug: The Power Rankings Show returns this season, with the premiere airing Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network. If you want to actually hear someone tell me why I'm wrong, that's the job of Matt "Money" Smith on this program. Unfortunately, he's very good at it.

Lions' Patricia coy on Adrian Peterson's role in Week 1: 'You know, we'll see'
"I think it was a great part of just a kind of a perfect storm, a combination of things to get them here," Patricia said. "I think that being familiar with Bev's offense and obviously being very productive in that offense -- I think he had a game with 291, 261 yards. (Peterson rushed for 296 yards against the Chargers as a rookie in 2007.)

Sean McVay planning for 'three-back rotation' vs. Cowboys
Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay is "optimistic" that running back Darrell Henderson will be ready for Week 1 after dealing with a hamstring injury. If so, McVay will get the three-headed backfield committee -- Cam Akers, Malcolm Brown and Henderson -- he desires to kick off the 2020 campaign against the Dallas Cowboys.

Joe Douglas: Low expectations for Jets 'angers a lot of people'
The Jets lost their top two defensive players when linebacker C.J. Mosley opted out and safety Jamal Adams was traded. The offensive line might be upgraded, but Sam Darnold's receiver corps leaves a lot to be desired.

Raiders place QB Marcus Mariota (pectoral) on reserve/injured list
The 2015 NFL Draft No. 2 overall pick who's set to be the Raiders' No. 2 quarterback was placed on the reserve/injured list by the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday. In a corresponding move, the Raiders signed quarterback DeShone Kizer to the practice squad.