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First overall pick Bengals’ Joe Burrow has ridiculously efficient day in practice

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The Cincinnati Bengals recently went viral after a clip surfaced of quarterback Joe Burrow running away from a host of defensive linemen during practice. Fortunately, it seems he has since been able to find his footing at training camp.

With the preseason cancelled, the Bengals held a scrimmage to gauge their player’s performance. According to ESPN’s Ben Baby, Burrow had himself quite a day under center:

Per those reporters, the first overall pick finished 13-of-19 with scores on all five possessions. Head coach Zac Taylor said after the workout that Burrow had good control of the offense.

It is encouraging to see Burrow finding his rhythm after social media poked fun at the clip of him running for his life. Although his success in the scrimmage is hardly a determining factor for a successful season, the Bengals are relishing in every step he is taking toward becoming their franchise quarterback.

While the restrictions placed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have offered up its own set of challenges for rookies, expectations could not be higher for Burrow given his status as the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Cincinnati has made it clear that they intend for him to lead from Day 1 and even made efforts to shore up his supporting cast this offseason.

Another intriguing aspect of the scrimmage is wide receiver Auden Tate emerging as a red zone option for Burrow after catching two of his three touchdowns passes. It will be interesting to see if he can emerge as a complementary option to wide receiver A.J. Green, who did not take part in the scrimmage.