Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has taken significant steps in his road to recovery from a torn ACL injury that abruptly ended his rookie campaign last season. He positively spoke about his current condition as he expects himself to be back in action come Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season for the Bengals.

“I'm very optimistic about where I'm at and also where the team is at,” Burrow told Cris Collinsworth on the Pro Football Focus podcast, via the team website. “Rehab is going very, very well and lifting is going very, very well. I'm in great shape. Legs feel good, knee feels good. There's still a long way to go, but I'm expecting to be there on the first snap of 2021.”

“I'm expecting to play game one. I expect to take part in practice. I'm feeling really good. I'm ahead of schedule.”

Despite the Bengals lacking elite weapons on both sides of the field, Burrow was still able to make a good impression after being the top overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. He successfully showed flashes of his potential during games until he went down with a torn ACL injury back in week 11 for the Bengals against the Washington Football Team.

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Due to the setback, the former LSU standout notched a total of 2,688 passing yards on 264 completions to go with 13 touchdowns through just 10 games played for Cincinnati. Without their top guy, the Bengals failed to get back on the right track as they concluded their campaign with a disappointing 4-11-1 record, finishing last in the AFC North division.

Despite encountering a major injury in his first pro season, high expectations are still set to surround the Bengals star quarterback in 2021. Hopefully, he will continue to do well on his rehab as he prepares for a bounce-back campaign for the Bengals next season.