Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is still working his way back from the ACL tear he suffered during the team's Week 11 game against the Washington Football Team last season. He's now just shy of eight months into his recovery, and speaking at Bengals training camp on Wednesday, Burrow indicated that things are looking up.
"I'm just about 100 percent," Burrow said, per Jeremy Rauch of FOX 19 in Cincinnati. "Feeling great. I feel great going into Week 1."
Bengals president Mike Brown stated earlier this week that Burrow is unlikely to play during the preseason, but that he would be ready for the start of the regular season.
"We probably aren't going to put him out there until we get to the season because we don't want to risk anything with him," Brown said, via ESPN's Ben Baby. "But his effort rehabbing was A-plus."
During his rookie season, Burrow completed 65.3 percent of his passes at an average of 6.7 yards per attempt, with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. He added 142 yards and three more scores on the ground, but the most important number may have been that he was sacked an average of 3.2 times per game.
Cincinnati then passed on taking a tackle with the No. 5 overall pick in this year's draft in favor of selecting Burrow's former LSU teammate, wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase, who along with Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins gives them one of the best receiver groups in the league. The Bengals are making a calculated bet that it's more important to give Burrow the best weaponry possible than the best protection possible. We'll see this year and beyond if that bet is the right one.