Former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow got off to a terrific start as a rookie for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020.
Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2019, tossed for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns, and only five interceptions in 10 games for the Bengals last season.
Those numbers put Burrow on pace for 4,288 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
Anyone would sign up for those stats from a rookie quarterback — especially a rookie quarterback on a team that was coming off a 2-14 record in 2019.
Unfortunately for Burrow and the Bengals, a torn ACL in week 11 against the Washington Football Team prematurely ended the young quarterback’s season.
Cincinnati Bengals receive good news on Joe Burrow
Burrow has been working hard all offseason to be ready for Cincinnati’s week one matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.
On Monday, we learned that Burrow is now one step closer to being ready for the game against the Vikings.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor told reporters that Burrow has been “cleared to do everything” (via ESPN’s Ben Baby).
Of course, that doesn’t mean Burrow is going to throw caution to the wind and go full bore during training camp.
Cincinnati is going to be smart with Burrow.
“It’s just on us to be wise going forward,” said Taylor while discussing Burrow’s status (via Charlie Goldsmith).
This is obviously the right way to approach Burrow’s reps during training camp. There’s no reason to rush Burrow back to 100 percent effort.
No one wants to be on the field more than Burrow. And I expect him to be under center for the Bengals when the season kicks off.
In fact, the only that Burrow isn’t starting is he suffers a setback during training camp. That’s why playing it safe with the former LSU standout is the right move. There’s no doubt that Burrow will be ready — mentally and physically — for the Vikings.