Just like at the start of the 2020 season, Cincinnati is buzzing with excitement around former No. 1 pick Joe Burrow. His continued rehab and ability to practice with the team in OTAs is building hope that he’ll be ready for Week 1.
The expectations around the Bengals aren’t that high as most sportsbooks have their win total around 6-7. But, don’t tell the players that as at least a few believe Joe Burrow can get the job done.
Most recently, it was Tyler Boyd, the team’s star receiver and the heir to A.J. Green’s throne as the most tenured veteran in the corps. Boyd gave some major props to Burrow, who he feels can lead the Bengals to glory.
“Nothing average about Joe. He’s going to lead us to the Promised Land. Joe looks great. He looks like he’s ready to play a game right now. I’m not worried about Joe. He makes magic when his number’s called,” Boyd told Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson.
If what we saw at the start of 2020 repeats itself, Burrow is set for a terrific start. Now, what is concerning is despite multiple 300-yard performances, Burrow finished with just two wins in 10 games.
At the same time, there were several games decided by less than one score that a more experienced Burrow could’ve changed the outcome on. That could be a major difference in how the Bengals finish games this coming season.
After throwing for 2,688 yards in nine complete games, Burrow will be back and looking to top that. If he stays healthy, he should easily surpass 3,000, especially with the team drafting former collegiate teammate and standout receiver Ja’Marr Chase.
While the external expectations are tempered, the team, internally, seems ready to rock.