Cincinnati Bengals fans may not see center Trey Hopkins or Joe Burrow dress for a preseason game. And that’s OK.
What Hopkins and Burrow have shown Zac Taylor in practice has been enough. The third-year head coach is confident he’ll have both in the starting lineup on Sept. 12 when the Bengals host the Minnesota Vikings, regardless of if they take a preseason snap or not.
The story said Burrow could see preseason action this week but that's yet to be determined. Taylor said the team will take a couple of more days to decide but they seem just fine giving Burrow more rest leading up to Sept. 12. Burrow tore his ACL and MCL back in Week 11 of the 2020 season.
Bengals QB Joe Burrow told reporters Wednesday that comfort in the pocket was part of completing his preseason recovery from ACL and MCL surgeries, according to Ben Baby of ESPN. "We're good to go now," Burrow said.
Multiple Bengals reporters had noted Burrow's timidness in the pocket earlier in camp. Reps help with chemistry so it appears Burrow is comfortable with his linemen to the point he can run the Bengals offense.
I thought it was Joe Burrow’s best day yet. Confident, scrambling at times, and making good intermediate throws for 1st downs. By my count, 10-for-15 in full team drills including a drive that ended with a short Joe Mixon TD run.
I also thought it was Ja’Marr Chase’s best practice so far with a TD in 7-on-7s.
It's good to see from the Bengals, as we've seen several reports this summer about their offense struggling. We also had a report about Chase on Monday that painted a picture of him struggling with separation and drops. So it's perhaps a turning point for the Bengals today.
Bengals QB Joe Burrow has been struggling to connect with receivers so far in camp, according to Jay Morrison and Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. "Throws that felt like layups last year are dropping harmlessly away from receivers or easily broken up by multiple defenders. There might be a multitude of reasons for the struggles, but this has been ugly.
Burrow also appeared to lift his left leg - the one that he had ACL and MCL surgery on - to keep it from getting hit during one play.
Morrison and Dehner speculate that Burrow may be thinking about getting hit, which is natural coming off major surgery but also a concern that could plague the second-year quarterback as he tries to get ready for the season.
Offensive continuity is more likely to improve as camp progresses, but Burrow's potential concerns with his left leg is a must-watch in the coming weeks.