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Joe Burrow | Bengals QB

Date of Birth:  12/10/1996
Age:  25
Height  6'3"
Weight:   221
College:  LSU
Drafted:  2020 | Round 1 | Pick 1
Depth Chart:  Starter

Joe Burrow | Bengals QB


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Joe Burrow | Bengals QB

Joe Burrow is dealing with a sprained MCL.

Burrow suffered the injury late in Super Bowl LVI and played through it, and he should be fully healthy with some time to rest. The priority for Cincinnati this offseason will be building up the offensive line to match the firepower they have around Burrow at the skill-positions.

Joe Burrow | Bengals QB

Joe Burrow will not play in Week 18.

Most teams are playing their starters in the regular season finale, but it appears the Bengals will not be one of them after winning the AFC North last week. Playoff seeding is still at stake this weekend, so it's interesting that the Bengals are not worrying much about that and will instead rest ahead of the postseason. Coming off a serious knee injury as a rookie and returning in time for Week 1 this year, Burrow completed 70.4% of his passes and threw for 4,611 yards, 34 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions along with 40 carries for 118 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. There was some inconsistency and a stretch with interceptions, but Burrow really came alive over the past two weeks, throwing for 525 yards and 446 yards (with four touchdowns in each game). Burrow will now look to lead the Bengals to a deep playoff run and championship.

Joe Burrow | Bengals QB

Joe Burrow will not be placed on the PUP list to begin training camp.

The team announced that Burrow will not be placed on the list, which is excellent news considering the severity of his torn ACL suffered in late November. The full expectation was that Burrow would be good to go by the regular season, but now he should have pretty much a full camp—though Cincinnati may still hold him out of preseason action. All three of Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd have a case to be a top-30 option at wide receiver.

Joe Burrow | Bengals QB

Joe Burrow (knee) is on track to be ready for Week 1.

Dr. Neal ElAattrache Kerlan-Jobe told ESPN's Adam Schefter in a text that Burrow is set to be "all systems go" for the season opener this September. It's great to hear such optimism, and the expectation is that Burrow will be ready to face the Vikings on September 12, but hopefully the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft isn't rushed back, as we've seen happen to other high-profile quarterbacks over the past decade. Still, Burrow's recovery appears to be going very well, and he likely won't have any contact on the knee until the regular season begins. Following a promising rookie year before it was cut short, Burrow will be joined by college teammate Ja'Marr Chase this year after the Bengals took the star receiver fifth overall last month.

Joe Burrow | Bengals QB

Joe Burrow is dealing with an ACL and MCL tear.

Multiple reports say Burrow is also dealing with additional damage to his knee, so this is a pretty serious injury and doesn't seem to be a "clean" tear of a ligament you sometimes hear about. This likely puts the start of next season in jeopardy for Burrow, but the plan should be to attack rehab—but to not return to the field until a clear 100% recovery. Burrow should have a long and successful career ahead of him, so don't expect him and the Bengals to rush things. Mobility is a part of Burrow's game, but he's a pocket passer first and foremost, which is a plus. We look forward to seeing Burrow back on the field at some point in 2021.

Joe Burrow | Bengals QB

Joe Burrow suffered a torn ACL.

An MRI should confirm the news tomorrow; but, as Burrow tweeted earlier today, the rookie season is over for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft. Burrow's rookie year ends with 2,688 passing yards, 13 passing touchdowns, and five interceptions along with another three rushing scores in ten starts. The numbers might not be overly impressive, but Burrow impressed everyone that watched him play this season and he looks to have a very bright future. He should be 100% by the start of next season, and we wish him luck on his recovery.

Joe Burrow | Bengals QB

Joe Burrow suffers leg injury against Washington.

Burrow had his knee/leg twisted very badly, and he's on the ground in obvious pain/discomfort with the cart coming out. Hopefully this isn't as bad as it looks, but this could be a season-ender for the promising rookie No. 1 overall pick. We just have to hope for the best for Burrow. Before leaving, Burrow was 22/34 for 203 yards and one touchdown along with two carries for 12 yards.

Joe Burrow | Bengals QB

Joe Burrow runs for one touchdown in first NFL game.

Burrow was 23/36 for 193 yards and one interception along with eight carries for 46 yards and his first-career rushing score in the Week 1 loss to the Chargers. The No. 1 overall pick did miss on a couple of deep balls, and he admitted that he needs to be better after the game, giving himself a D grade. However, Burrow did put Cincinnati in position for a near-go-ahead touchdown and then a potential game-tying field goal late in the fourth quarter, and he looked sharp on quick throws in Zac Taylor's offense. The decline in relative talent level he had at LSU, which was vastly superior to almost everyone they went up against last season, will probably take some getting used to. From a fantasy perspective, the rushing upside helps, but Burrow might take some time to develop into a strong QB1 option.

Joe Burrow | Bengals QB

The Bengals have selected LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Burrow to Cincinnati was obviously a foregone conclusion heading into the night, and now the work will begin for the Ohio native. Last year in Baton Rouge, Burrow put together perhaps the greatest season in college football history, and it concluded both with a national championship and Heisman Trophy. The Bengals have the weapons and offensive system in place for Burrow to have immediate real-life and fantasy success, but a deep quarterback group probably makes him nothing more than a late-round option in redraft leagues—especially considering 25% of his games will be against Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Long term, Burrow has the upside to become a perennial 4,000-yard, 30-touchdown passer.