Joe Burrow has been back in front of the camera ever since the 2020 season concluded.
The Bengals’ star quarterback has field questions about his injury, recovery, and rookie season as a whole in recent weeks. But it’s nice to hear him talk about the future of the Bengals as well.
“I’d love to play with Ja’Marr,” Burrow answered. “He’s a great player—we’re still in contact all the time, we talk every now and then. He’s a great dude and a great player. I’d love to have him on the team.”
Our own Zim Whodey provided a clip of the question and Burrow’s answer:
2021 Joe / Jamar / Boyd / Higgins > whoever pic.twitter.com/XTjqmMZUAv— ZIM (@zimwhodey) January 30, 2021
A very diplomatic answer for sure, but Burrow’s smile when he hears Chase’s name is unmistakable. This isn’t even the first time Burrow has answered this question this month.
Most of Burrow’s production from that historic 2019 season was lobbing up deep balls to Chase, who hauled in nearly every single one that was catchable. And when the two weren’t connecting down the field, Chase was turning five-yard slants into first downs with some tough yards after contact.
If the Bengals draft a receiver with the fifth-overall pick, Chase will probably be the guy. Not only does he have that successful history and lasting chemistry with Burrow, he’s also the type of receiver the Bengals have usually selected early in the draft.
felt like making video content again pic.twitter.com/JGNAyP0icg— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) January 8, 2021
The Bengals’ primary mission this offseason will be to build around Burrow. Free agency will come first and the offensive line will be the emphasis of that period. Not only would investing in veteran blockers help Burrow immediately, it would free up what the Bengals can do in the NFL draft, especially if they need to fill an A.J. Green-sized void.
Chase is a virtual lock to be taken in the top 10 picks, and some mock drafts already have him going as high as third-overall to the Miami Dolphins. If he’s on the board when the Bengals are on the clock, there’s a good chance Burrow gets the reunion he desires.