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Not only is he on track, he's projected to have a "Allen" sized leap this year:


Ranking young NFL QBs by their chances of making a Josh Allen-type leap and breaking out in 2021

Which young quarterback will take a gigantic step forward? Let's take a look

2 hrs ago6 min read

The most likely

1. Joe Burrow, Bengals

Burrow got his guy -- Ja'Marr Chase -- in Cincinnati. How amazing of a reunion. He also has the burgeoning Tee Higgins -- who quietly had over 900 yards at nearly 14 yards per grab as a rookie -- along with Tyler Boyd, who has established himself as one of the league's steadiest slot options over the middle and at the intermediate level. 

The offensive line -- which, in terms of pressure rate was actually right around league average last season -- will be better in 2021 thanks to the additions of veteran Riley Reiff and second-round draft selection Jackson Carman. Plus, Cincinnati will get Jonah Williams in his second year on the field.


Burrow doesn't have freaky athleticism or arm talent, yet he maximizes his physical capabilities as an improviser, and it's a reliable aspect of his game. Burrow needs to improve his downfield accuracy, and that will come in his second season running the show thanks in large part to Chase's presence and a bigger, stronger Higgins on the outside. 

Will Burrow's game be elevated to MVP-caliber status? Not quite. But the decisive, accurate passer will be viewed by some as a top-10 quarterback at season's end. 

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