The 2020 NFL first overall pick, Joe Burrow is set to return in September for the start of the 2021-22 NFL season. The highly anticipated prospect, unfortunately, underwent ACL and MCL surgery in his left knee on December 2. 

Burrow’s parents have played a crucial role in informing NFL fans of any Joe Burrow updates. Burrows’ dad, Jimmy, says

“At some point in the next month or whatever he can start utilizing receivers.”

While this may seem like a small detail, it’s important in noting that his ability to use receivers correlates to his capability of planting and using that injured left leg.

Jimmy Burrow continues by saying,

“He is so locked in. We had a week down in Florida that we had hoped he would take a day or two off in his rehab and he just wouldn’t do it.”

It is clear that one thing stays on the mind of Joe Burrow: getting back out on that field.

Rookie Campaign

The former Heisman winner and first overall pick came into the 2020-21 season with a great number of expectations and pressure. The Bengals had been struggling as of late and turned in every direction to try and seek out a future hero. In the 2020 NFL draft, they may have found their guy in trusting Joe Burrow.

You have to travel back 6 years to 2015 in order to find the last season the Bengals had a winning record. In the spam of 2016-2020, the Bengals finished 3rd in their division 2 times and 4th in their division 3 times. 

Behind Burrow as their starting quarterback, the Bengals struggled to a 2-7-1 record before the rookie took a blow to his knee and found himself on the sideline for the remainder of the season. Anyone but Burrow is to blame for the team’s poor performance as he passed for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns, and only 5 interceptions in his first 10 professional starts.

Each game, Burrow filled up the stats sheet, stunning the audience surrounding the NFL. The rookie quarterback threw for more than 300 yards in 5 of the team’s first 10 games while throwing for more than 400 yards in one of the contests. 

Numbers like those don’t lie. Numbers like those help the Bengals understand that it wasn’t their #1 draft pick that is the source of the problem. It’s the other things like a strong offensive line, special teams unit, coaching, etc.

Bengals Draft Chase

With the 5th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Burrow’s partner in crime over his college career, Ja’Marr Chase. The #1 selected receiver is being brought to Cincinnati in the efforts of providing Burrow a true and reliable #1 asset. This offseason, the Bengals got rid of a couple of receivers in releasing AJ Green and John Ross, so Chase will function as Burrow’s go-to guy.

September marks the month of the opening week in the NFL. We will get the opportunity of witnessing Burrow’s recovery and the type of quarterback he truly is. Will he play a few more games until he just gets injured again, or is he here for the long run and should be the new face of the Cincinnati Bengals franchise?

I guess we will have to wait and see come this September. Until then, stay with Knup Sports and come back for more news from NFL!