The Cincinnati Bengals entered the 2020 season with a lot of hopes after securing what everyone can only hope is their franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow during the offseason. But that hope was generally brought with the knowledge that while Burrow is a young, exciting player the team is simply not ready to compete. This showed to be exactly the case as the season progressed.
However, to the surprise of many, the team was able to be somewhat competitive through the beginning half of the season. In the first eight weeks of the season the team scored 23 or more points in all but two matchups. One of those they were held to three points by the Ravens and the other they scored 13 points week one versus the Chargers.
The struggles for this team were clear and it was noticeable that they were not ready yet, but early on the results were positive despite little wins. Their luck and hope all changed though when Burrow went down with injury just 10 games into his professional career. With a torn ACL and countless hits accrued over his first year, it is clear the Bengals must do everything in their power to protect Burrow.
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Now with Zac Taylor entering his third year as the head coach it’s clear the expectations are higher than before, as it has been questioned whether he is the guy for the job or not. This just makes the draft all that more important, and more importantly their first pick needs to hit for this team to show more life outside of Burrow.
Team needs for Bengals
Entering the off-season the needs for this football team are clear. Simply put the team must do everything in their power to keep Burrow safe and healthy. Offensive tackle remains the top need for this team, though ideally you would add multiple players to this line.
Outside of the offensive line, the team is in desperate need of some playmakers on both sides of the ball. This leaves wide receiver and corner two as top auxiliary needs for this team as well.
Now obviously the team can’t address all these needs in round one, but with the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, there are plenty of choices at their disposal.