The Cincinnati Bengals are not concerned about Joe Burrow’s development, even in a shortened offseason.
With no OTAs and no preseason in the immediate future, it would be somewhat reasonable if the Bengals were a bit concerned about Burrow’s development in their offense with no on-field work to speak of, at least not that they have been able to directly oversee.
That is apparently not the case at all, at least from head coach Zac Taylor, who is confident that Burrow is going to be able to hit the ground running from the first rep of training camp.
Taylor went on to say that the Bengals have ‘high expectations’ for Burrow and rightfully so. Burrow’s final season at LSU showed an advanced level of understanding the offense, how to manipulate a defense, and on-field execution.
There’s no doubt he has the work ethic to be able to effectively run the Bengals’ offense when they open training camp, and he should even be able to hit the ground running come time fo the 2020 regular season.
Of course, every Bengals fan has probably been dying to see footage of Burrow working out with his new Cincinnati teammates in the offseason, and it sounds like he’s spent time with a fellow former first-round pick…
The Bengals don’t seem to be tempering the expectations for Burrow even from the outside at this point.
After he threw 60 touchdown passes last year for LSU, why would they?
The expectation for Burrow with the weapons at his disposal in the Bengals’ offense could very well be that he breaks Baker Mayfield’s rookie touchdown pass record of 27.
Because NFL teams have been allowed to communicate at least virtually throughout this time as compared to the 2011 lockout, Burrow has been able to study the offense and at least practice it or go through the terminology on his own or even with some of his teammates as was reported above.
We’ll see how quickly Burrow can get gelling with his new Bengals teammates as soon as they are able to get out onto the field together.