Cincinnati Bengals 2020 No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow suffered a brutal season ending ACL injury a year ago.

Fast forward to the start of the 2021 campaign, and the signal caller for the Bengals has put that injury behind him as he focuses in on Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings. Via the team YouTube channel, Burrow talked about his own expectations for this season.

“I expect to be better,” Burrow told reporters. “I put in a lot of work this offseason that I’m excited to show off — as well as all of our guys have. We’re a much better football team that has prepared the way we need to and understands how to win games now, I think. So I’m excited to put that on tape.”

Burrow notes he's excited to show off his progress in the offseason along with his teammates. It's a really solid group on the offensive side of the ball for the Bengals that includes wide receivers Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and 2021 No. 5 overall pick, Ja'Marr Chase.

Joe Mixon is back at running back as well for the Bengals and while the offense looks set in place, the defense has plenty of questions.

Cincinnati was torched last year on defense and didn't do much in the offseason to vastly improve their depth. The offense will likely be able to put up points, but the Bengals defense will struggle to get stops.

Burrow is just excited to be back playing and isn't afraid of taking a hit.

“It’s exciting to play football again,” Burrow said. “I’m a football player, not just a quarterback. And that’s part of the game. I’m excited to experience it.”