Is quarterback Joe Burrow the savior of the Cincinnati Bengals?
The Cincinnati Bengals finished as the worst team in the NFL last season. However, there was a general consensus that their roster wasn’t necessarily the worst in the NFL. Star receiver A.J. Green missed the entire season with a foot injury and first round pick Jonah Williams did not play a single snap. Joe Burrow looks to turn the tides of the franchise in Cincinnati.
So what happened to the Bengals? After staying competitive with playoff teams like the Seahawks, Bills, and Ravens, the Bengals just couldn’t seem to do enough to win a game. Obviously there were some blowouts against teams like the 49ers and Ravens, but for the most part, the Bengals kept most of their losses close. Eight of the Bengals 14 losses were by one score.
After finishing 2-14, the Bengals were able to lock up the number one overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Longtime quarterback Andy Dalton was benched mid-season for rookie Ryan Finley. After Finley fell flat on his face, Dalton came back and was average. That left the Bengals with no choice but to make quarterback their biggest need.
For Cincinnati, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was the obvious pick. The only other player in competition was Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who had three injuries in two seasons as a starter. Burrow was coming off of a Heisman Trophy winning season and a 15-0 national championship run with the Tigers. Obviously, the Bengals made Joe Burrow their man in April.