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Joe Burrow in the 'best shape' of his life and 'ready' to play after unprecedented offseason

by James Rapien

 

CINCINNATI — Joe Burrow's first NFL offseason hasn't gone as planned due to COVID-19. 

 

Instead of working out at Paul Brown Stadium and getting to meet his teammates in person, he's had to try to get to know them virtually. He hasn't been able to throw to A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd or any other Bengals players since he was drafted in April. 

 

The last time he was in a room with Bengals head coach Zac Taylor was in February at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. 

 

Despite the pandemic, Burrow was his usual confident self in an appearance on Good Morning America. 

 

"I feel great right now. I'm in the best shape of my life," Burrow said. "Everybody around the league is preparing like business as usual, like we're going to be reporting in a couple weeks and getting ready to play."

 

Burrow, 23, launched the 'Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund' this week. He appeared on the national morning show to discuss his goals for the new foundation. 

 

"In Athens County up to 20 percent of the people are food insecure," he said. "When I was in college I couldn't really help out financially. Now I'm finally in a position that I can help out financially as well."

 

As for the 2020 season, Burrow doesn't have any inside information. He knows football may look and feel different, but he's focused on preparing for his first year in the pros. 

"I'm in the dark just like everybody else," Burrow said. "I can't imagine there would be fans in the stands at the beginning. Maybe a few, but I'm preparing like I'm going to be the starting quarterback with 100,000 fans in the stands and I'm going to be ready to go."

 

https://www.si.com/nfl/bengals/news/bengals-burrow-ready-to-play

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LaVar Arrington on why he's optimistic about Burrow ...  (with Marcellus Wiley hating)

 

 

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I haven't looked lately but as of a couple weeks ago only 5 teams have signed their 1st round pick and something like 80% of all draft picks remain unsigned.

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54 minutes ago, membengal said:

Physical and then signing I would presume.

 

:locomotive:

 

 

Do I still have questions about his ability to transition to a league where everyone else is on the same level athletically?  Sure, it's a struggle for any rookie and the hype & pressure on this kid couldn't be any higher.

 

Do I have doubts about the FO's commitment to protecting him and giving him the tools he needs to excel?  Last I checked Bobby "Flat Earth" Hart was still his RT and we've got another rookie LT penciled in to protect his blindside, and a whole lot of happy thoughts as plan B.

 

Did I watch this same fanbase turn on the last QB while ignoring a dogshit OL & dropped balls from their superstar WR's?  Yes, indeed.  The same people cheered when he was benched and then cheered when they brought him back.

 

Does any rookie QB struggle at times?  So far I haven't seen one that didn't & I fully expect a lot of fans will turn on him the first time he has a bad game.  And he will have bad games.

 

Am I still on board the Burrow Hype Train, now departing from station 2-14?   You bet your sweet bippy.

 

 

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25 minutes ago, Jason said:

Joe "Captain America" Burrow?

Sample and Hubbard looking jacked as well

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Man Hubbard is a monster, those legs look like tree trunks. He's come a long way from being a tall, skinny safety at Moeller, that's for sure,

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2020 NFL signing tracker for first-round draft picks: Contract details for top 32 picks as they're reported

The COVID-19 pandemic might complicate the signing of top NFL Draft picks in 2020

1. Bengals QB Joe Burrow

Status: Unsigned

 

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/2020-nfl-signing-tracker-for-first-round-draft-picks-contract-details-for-top-32-picks-as-theyre/

 

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LSU punter Zach Von Rosenberg says former Tigers’ QB Joe Burrow “didn’t want to just beat you, he wanted to embarrass you”

 

https://www.tigerrag.com/lsu-punter-zach-von-rosenberg-says-former-tigers-qb-joe-burrow-didnt-want-to-just-beat-you-he-wanted-to-embarrass-you/

 

Some nice snippets:

 

“Joe didn’t want to just beat you, he wanted to embarrass you. He went into every game trying to make you look stupid. He didn’t care if defenses knew our plays, like Georgia (in the SEC championship game) how they knew what we were running, and they didn’t stop us."

 

“He wasn’t trying to show off, he wasn’t trying to be flashy, He was going to come in and bury you. He wanted to score 60 points on you. He didn’t care who we were playing. He was just going to be Joe."

 

“We had this thing before games when he’d tell me how many points we were going to run on teams. I swear he was right 14 of 15 times. The only game he was wrong about was Auburn. I remember him telling me we were going to put 60 on Oklahoma. I was like, `C’mon man, 60 points? This is a Final Four game.” Then, we went out and scored 63."

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