NFL – Football: Finally help for Burrow, redemption for Ryan and Lawrence?


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No quarterback suffered more sacks last year than Joe Burrow. In fact, in NFL history, only two quarterbacks have been knocked down more times than Burrow in a single season including the playoffs. The Bengals’ star quarterback has been slapped 70 times from behind the line of scrimmage, just six fewer than David Carr who was martyred with 76 sacks in 16 games in 2005.

Close to an unlikely Super Bowl win, the Bengals have put nearly all of their chips into adding colossi to the offensive line to protect Burrow. La’el Collins, Alex Cappa and Ted Karras will now complete the offensive line that will include rookie guard Cordell Volson, who won his job against second-year player Jackson Carman, and former first-round pick , left tackle Jonah Williams.

The Bengals’ offensive line is probably the most improved unit heading into the 2022 season. With No. 9 performing despite a shaky offensive line, it’s very exciting to imagine what he will be able to do. achieve with more effective protection. Especially since his receivers Tee Higgins, Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd will all be back. Tight end Hayden Hurst was also added to the Bengals’ offence. However, we must remain cautious in the expectations of Hurst, who has never really shone in a starting role in four seasons, he who will already be on his third team.

The only shadow on the Bengals’ horizon before the start of the season and Burrow’s march to glory: the star quarterback represents a doubtful case for the very first game of the season due to a ruptured appendix he has suffered at the end of July. Still just as motivated, Burrow is approaching this event with an idea in mind. Returning to play. “I was in the hospital for several days and I was starting to feel like a sick person. Getting back on the pitch as soon as possible with my teammates was important to me. »

Finally the right answer to Andrew Luck’s departure?

The last time the Colts won a playoff game was with Andrew Luck at quarterback in 2018. Since then, Luck announced a surprise retirement in 2019 and the Colts had to fall back on Jacoby Brissett, Philip Rivers and Carson Wentz as a starting quarterback for the past three seasons. With the acquisition of Matt Ryan, it’s a different fourth starting quarterback who will start the first game of the season in four seasons.

The Carson Wentz experiment seemed to be paying off until a fishtail end to the season, capped by a worst-time underperformance against the dismal Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 18, ended the season. of the Colts. The previous season, Philip Rivers had fulfilled his mandate by bringing the Colts to the playoffs before dropping the flag against the Buffalo Bills in the first meeting. In 2019, Jacoby Brissett failed to take Indianapolis to the playoffs under a 7-9 season.

Of all these quarterbacks, none quite have Matt Ryan’s resume when it came time to join the horseshoe roster. Certainly Philip Rivers showed up at Indy with some 59,271 passing yards and 397 touchdowns, but he never won the MVP award or reached the Super Bowl final as the former third did. 2008 draft pick with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015.

Matty Ice can count on the excellent Jonathan Taylor in the backfield and an excellent offensive line, but it is at the receiving position that questions arise. Michael Pittman Jr. was born in 2021, but the same can’t be said for Parris Campbell, who hasn’t been able to walk the field with any consistency since joining the NFL. Rookie Alec Pierce could see a big role after being selected in the second round. Tight end Mo Alie-Cox is capable of good moments here and there, but we’re not talking about an elite player in his position.

And Lawrence’s progression?

The Jaguars will most likely still be in the NFL’s underworld. Unless of course under Doug Pederson, Trevor Lawrence is having a fabulous progression. It seems obvious the Jags won’t be in the picture, but it’ll be interesting to see what the 2021 No. 1 pick has in store for him in his second season in the Goodell Tour. After all, it’s not uncommon to see a player explode after a year on the circuit. Talk to Joe Burrow or Patrick Mahomes.

Without all the chaos surrounding former head coach Urban Meyer in particular and with a season of experience behind the tie, Lawrence will most likely be able to take his game up a notch. But even with all the talent we know him and a season of adaptation, the former Clemson quarterback simply does not have the weapons to allow him to compete with the best attacks in the league.

The Jaguars general manager offered generous contracts to receiver Christian Kirk and tight end Evan Engram to support their young quarterback, but let’s face it, it’s not the biggest crop in the world. Engram has a tendency to drop easy catches and lack focus, as well as being frequent visitors to the infirmary. For his part, Kirk has never reached the milestone of 1,000 receiving yards in four seasons. Offering him 21 million per season for four years is a high risk and a significant financial commitment.

Of the top three overall picks named here, Lawrence is likely to have the steepest slope this season with a much less talented team around him. The progress of the Jaguars will have to go through his shoulders, but especially his arm… and perhaps his legs!



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