Joe Burrow makes me need to run by way of a brick wall head first, and I’m not even a Bengals fan.
These days once I activate the TV, I really feel like all I ever see is LeBron James rolling on the ground after getting boxed out by Chris Paul, or Zach Plesac having to take a seat out after taking his shirt off “too aggressively.” That’s what makes it so refreshing to see a younger buck like Joe Burrow going out of his strategy to encourage his staff though he hasn’t absolutely recovered from his ACL and MCL tears from final November.
The 2020 draft’s No. 1 total choice, Joe Burrow, participated yesterday within the Cincinnati Bengals’ first day of OTAs. As you’d count on, Burrow was not pressured to do something too intense throughout his first on-field motion since his damage — restricted to creating solely “shorter throws.” Afterwards, Burrow provided extra encouraging phrases, saying that he expects to be “able to go” for Week 1 of the upcoming season, and that his knee is presently at about “85 p.c.”
That each one sounds good and effectively, but when your franchise quarterback is even a bit bit damage, shouldn’t he be avoiding any exercise that might worsen his standing? Properly, not in line with that actual franchise quarterback. Burrow determined he needed to be at the Bengals’ first day of OTAs as a result of it was essential to be there for his teammates.
I find it irresistible… like, rather a lot. Ought to Burrow put himself at risk to inspire his staff? You would argue towards that, however so long as the Bengals do their half to make sure the 24-year-old gained’t reaggravate his injured knee (like ensuring nobody comes within 10 feet of him), then every thing must be nice.
Burrow’s actions had me considering: “Wow, Cincinnati has a bona fide chief within the palm of their arms. So, why don’t they deal with him like one?”
For many of Burrow’s first yr sporting black and orange, the Bengals appeared to make use of their star quarterback as a social commodity greater than anything, utilizing photoshoots, hype movies, and TikToks of Burrow to attract the eye of NFL followers, relatively than investing in Burrow’s well being and success. The Bengals number of Ja’Marr Chase on this yr’s draft additional proves this level. Moderately than doubling down on their primary total decide, the Bengals as an alternative opted to go for the flashy, enjoyable extensive receiver. Why? As a result of, “Oh man. How cool will it’s to see two former teammates who tore it up in faculty on the identical staff within the NFL?”
That’s being dumb. Offensive strains have lengthy confirmed to be extra invaluable belongings to an NFL staff. Why do you suppose the top-7 groups within the league in terms of adjusted sack rate all made the playoffs in 2020? When it comes to extensive receivers, solely two groups had three or extra 800-yard receivers in 2020: the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers. I doubt you’d name both of these groups Tremendous Bowl contenders. The truth is, these two groups are higher identified for not with the ability to shield their star quarterbacks. Doesn’t that inform you one thing?
Of the 14 playoff groups in 2020, six groups had solely two receivers with 800-yard receiving seasons. 4 groups had one such receiver, and three groups didn’t have any. Opting to pick Chase at No. 5 relatively than Penei Sewell not solely tells Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd that they aren’t sufficient — regardless of having incredible seasons in 2020 — however it additionally tells Joe Burrow that he isn’t sufficient to offer an honest aerial assault.
Earlier than anyone tells me that Cincinnati’s second-round choice — Clemson OT Jackson Carman — can be simply nice defending Joe Burrow, I urge them to take a look at the Professional Bowl numbers for extensive receivers and offensive tackles chosen within the first round of the NFL Draft. of the 42 first-round offensive tackles between 2011 and 2020, 10 have been named to at the least one Professional Bowl (that’s 23.8 p.c). In the meantime, of the 37 extensive receivers taken in that very same timespan, solely seven have gone on to grow to be Professional Bowlers (18.9 p.c, the bottom price of any positional group). It’s a lot simpler to guage offensive-line expertise within the first spherical than extensive receivers, so to move on a “can’t-bust” choice like Sewell, particularly in favor of Chase, is simply that rather more disappointing. Burrow deserves higher.