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Bengals coach Zac Taylor has ‘plenty of time’ to get to know Joe Burrow

The Cincinnati Bengals are coaching one of the teams in this year’s Senior Bowl. However, despite hopes that he would play in the annual game, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow decided earlier this month that he will not participate in the Senior Bowl in order to spend more time with his family before the draft.

After a tremendous, Heisman-winning season for the Tigers, Burrow has all but locked up the first pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Raised in Ohio, Burrow makes a lot of sense for a Bengal team that is in desperate need of star players.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor was asked about Burrow’s absence from the Senior Bowl in a press conference Tuesday and said the following:

“any chance we get to be around him earlier is great,” Taylor said but made it clear why the Heisman winner made the decision he did stating that Burrow and other LSU players played “an NFL season” on their way to a national title, so it’s not hard to see why they might need to take a breather at this point.

Burrow had a record-breaking year for LSU this season. Leading the Tigers to an undefeated record, the former Ohio State transfer put up over 6,000 all-purpose yards and 65 total touchdowns. The 6-foot-4 quarterback also completed 76.2 percent of his passes and only threw six interceptions all season.

On the other hand, the Bengals limped their way to a league-worst 2-14 record switching between quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Ryan Finley throughout the season.