• Brian L. Barefield

"Who Dey" Nation Should Be Excited About The Future Of The Cincinnati Bengals

The NFL is praying that they are able to go back to some sort of normalcy before the start of this year’s training camp since operations have been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If that happens, the Cincinnati Bengals just might give you a small glimmer of what the future holds for them. Although they currently reside in the same conference as the team predicted to at least make it to the AFC Championship Game in the Baltimore Ravens, there is an outside chance of them at least contending for a Wild-Card Playoff spot.

I know by now you are thinking that I have completely lost it, but you are still intrigued on where I am going with this so, I will proceed. When the Bengals are allowed to have their team all in one place, they will be doing it with two first round picks that will vastly improve their team the moment they set foot on the field.

Everyone knows that Joe Burrow, quarterback out of LSU is the projected overall No.1 pick by Cincinnati in the 2020 NFL Draft that will take place this Thursday. The College Football Playoff National Championship Offensive MVP had a record-breaking season throwing for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He won every award at his position and took home the Heisman Trophy as well. So, it’s a no-brainer that the Bengals will draft him especially since they are looking to move on from veteran quarterback, Andy Dalton.

Where the kicker comes in for Cincinnati is their 11th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft will also take the field this year. Left Tackle Jonah Williams , who was a unanimous All-American in 2018 at that position at Alabama missed his entire rookie season due to left shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. Williams injured himself during the Bengals OTA’s two weeks prior to surgery. He was placed on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) after surgery but was cleared to begin practicing in December 2019 and is scheduled to be fully recovered by the start of the season.

Wide receiver A.J. Green’s return along with the combination of 1,000-yard rusher Joe Mixon and wide receiver Tyler Boyd, who has put together back-to-back 1,000 yards receiving campaigns, is also a reason the "Who Dey" nation should be excited. It will be interesting to see what second-year coach, Zac Taylor will do if he can keep all his offensive weapons on the field.

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