Cincinnati Bengals’ star quarterback Joe Burrow is back in the gym.
According to a report from AllBengals.com’s James Rapien, Burrow was seen working out with teammates Drew Sample and Akeem Davis-Gaither on Thursday at Black Sheep Performance, which is located in nearby Blue Ash, Ohio.
Burrow and Sample trained together during last offseason, and the two developed a bit of on-field chemistry last season before Burrow went down with his knee injury. Continuing to build that rapport with each other could be a huge positive.
Obviously, Burrow wasn’t partaking in any extensive training like Sample and Davis-Gaither were, but the 24-year old quarterback is clearly progressing well after tearing his ACL against Washington Football Team. It appears Burrow is on track to make an appearance early on in the 2021 season.
Burrow was among the most banged-up quarterbacks this past season. He ranked top-ten in sacks despite not playing more than the last months of the season. Burrow went down with his season-ending injury in Week 11.
It’s clear that for the Bengals getting help on the offensive line is a must.
Burrow can’t take too many more of those hits or he’s about to have an injury that changes the course of his career. While Burrow’s work ethic was praised by Carson Palmer, he can’t keep taking hits as he did his rookie year.
The Bengals’ two-game win streak at the end of the season placed them outside of the top three picks in the upcoming 2021 NFL draft. But as NFL draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote in his first mock draft, they very well could have first dibs on any offensive lineman.
Burrow had a terrific rookie season, throwing for 2,688 yards and 13 touchdowns in a mere ten games. He’ll look to build on that as the Bengals continue to develop their elite young core in 2021.