Day one of OTAs for the Cincinnati Bengals is in the books, and Joe Burrow is looking like someone who should be “all systems go” for the season opener.
Burrow and the entire roster was reportedly present for the first voluntary organized practice of the 2021 offseason. This was the expectation going into this week after a team meeting led by free safety Jessie Bates III ensured everyone was on the same page.
Honestly, if Burrow was going to be out there putting in work, it seemed like the 83 other players would follow. That’s the Burrow effect.
After practice, Burrow talked with media and said his left knee is at “80-85 percent” and is not ruling out playing in the preseason, though he knows he wouldn’t play very much.
2. Burrow not ruling out the preseason, as was his initial thought in this process. Could do a few series to knock some rust off, but will be a decision for a much later time.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) May 25, 2021
We’re still a little over two months away from that decision being made, but it’s a testament to Burrow’s progress and where he is now.
He also said he stayed after practice to get some extra reps with wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.
Burrow said he stayed after practice to throw a few extra to Ja'Marr Chase.— Jake Liscow (@JakeLiscow) May 25, 2021
That was at the end of practice, but let’s rewind to the beginning for a little Twitter roundup.
As advertised, they’re not going to rush Burrow. An example: He watched the other three QBs take snaps from center.— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) May 25, 2021
And Joe Burrow throwing. pic.twitter.com/bIgZZmVqk4— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) May 25, 2021
Burrow looks comfortable taking small steps and planting on that left leg. pic.twitter.com/ErgafUIsOm— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) May 25, 2021
A few more Burrow throws because, well, why else are we here? pic.twitter.com/EV9h52Mf9P— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) May 25, 2021
QBs have backed up to throwing from 30 yards out and it appears Burrow is sitting this drill out— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) May 25, 2021
#Bengals with perfect attendance (assuming specialists are working inside stadium) today.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) May 25, 2021
Renell Wren, DJ Reader and Trey Hopkins all working out on the side/rehab field.
Burrow moves to some throws to receivers running more short routes. pic.twitter.com/INpFvdswMS— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) May 25, 2021
The first team O-line from left to right:— Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) May 25, 2021
Jonah Williams, Quinton Spain, Billy Price, Xavier Su’a-Filo, Riley Reiff.
Don’t read too much into that. Trey Hopkins is watching but isn’t fully cleared for practice yet. And Jackson Carmen will be given every chance to win a guard spot
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