Former NFL QB details Joe Burrow’s key to success
The Cincinnati Bengals were able to secure their franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. It seems another fellow, former top pick is making sure that the Bengals continue to work with an err of caution.
Former Houston Texans quarterback and current NFL analyst David Carr is all too familiar with the expectations Burrow is facing. According to Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer, he feels it is imperative that fortify his offense line:
“The offensive line needs to improve. It’s only gonna be about what they put around him. It’s all it’s gonna be.”
Carr learned this lesson the hard way during his early years in Houston. One the Bengals should learn from. He was sacked an NFL record 76 times as a rookie. This would become a regular occurrence for him after being sacked a league-leading 49 times in 2004 and again in the following season when he was sacked 68 times.
All the pressure that Carr faced early on ultimately stunted his development as a bonafide franchise quarterback. His story now serves as a cautionary tale for teams hoping to capitalize on their newfound talent under center. Obviously, he’s trying to parlay that message to the Bengals.
The Bengals are among the teams that have done plenty of spending this offseason in an attempt to shore up the supporting cast. They managed to sign guard Xavier Su’a-Filo before taking Hakeem Adeniji in the sixth round of the draft.
Despite the newest additions, Cincinnati will still need to secure some quality depth up- front if they hope to have options. Now that the dust has settled, they could be looking to bring in another left tackle to help seal the edge.