Day 1 starter? Bengals coach says Joe Burrow will take first snaps under center once training camp opens
After performing at an elite level never before seen in the history of college football for an entire season, Joe Burrow has some high expectations for his first season in Cincinnati.
According to Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, so far, the rookie signal-caller and No. 1 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft has been as good “as advertised” this offseason.
During a recent interview with Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, the Bengal coach was asked if Burrow would be the team’s No. 1 quarterback entering the upcoming training camp.
“Absolutely,” Taylor responded. “Yes.”
That’s not totally unexpected news, as the Bengals released longtime starting quarterback Andy Dalton this offseason, but this is the response LSU and Bengal fans eager to see Burrow compete at the game’s highest level wanted to hear.
Being the No. 1 overall pick comes with a ton of expectations, but thus far, Burrow has impressed his new head coach.
“(Joe Burrow’s) been great,” Taylor said. “As advertised is the best way to put it. You can tell he spends a lot of time on his own being prepared with questions and he’s doing a great job taking ownership, which is important for a quarterback to do, and he’s doing everything he can to own this offense. Been really impressed with him, but not surprised.”
Anyone that watched Burrow tear up college football in 2019 on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy and leading the Tigers to the national championship would say the same thing.