NFL Predictions: Which second-year players will shine in 2021? 🏈
Had Joe Burrow not suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 11 against Washington last year, he likely would not be on this list. Yet, that is exactly what happened, effectively robbing us of the 2020 No. 1 overall pick’s final six games.
Even before his injury, Burrow struggled in an area that many draft pundits thought he would excel at in Year 1. According to SIS DataHub, Burrow completed just 9 of his 45 throws that went 20+ yards downfield.
The former LSU quarterback should rebound, especially since Cincinnati used the fifth overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft to nab his favorite college weapon — Ja’Marr Chase. Sure, the Bengals’ offensive line isn’t the safest for a QB on one leg, but an upgrade there is not as valuable as an upgrade on the boundary. Expect Burrow and Chase to regain their rhythm alongside Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and Joe Mixon.