The Bengals selected LSU QB Joe Burrow with the 1st pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Burrow looked like a mid- to late-round prospect at this time a year ago. He redshirted his 1st season at Ohio State and then backed up J.T. Barrett for the next 2. Burrow transferred to LSU in 2018, when he mustered just 2,894 passing yards with 16 TDs on a 58% completion rate and 7.6 yards per attempt. Then came a massive 2019: 5,671 yards, 60 TDs, just 6 INTs, a 76% completion rate and 10.8 yards per attempt. Burrow received the highest passing grade from Pro Football Focus since the site started grading college players in 2014. We could point out the fact that the breakout season came as a 22-year-old, 5th-year senior playing with a loaded group of weapons. But watch Burrow and it’s tough to not fall in love. He has incredible pocket presence and mobility, is pinpoint accurate to all levels of the field and has underrated athleticism, totaling 767 rushing yards and 12 TDs over the past 2 seasons. He’ll be under center for Cincinnati come Week 1, whether or not QB Andy Dalton is traded. Burrow will have a nice group of weapons at his disposal in A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, Auden Tate and Joe Mixon. Hopefully the Bengals use the rest of this draft to bolster their offensive line.

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Bengals QB Joe Burrow tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee in Sunday's loss to Washington. ESPN's Adam Schefter and Ben Baby add that he also suffered "other structural damage." We'll have to see about the recovery timeline for this. There's a chance it challenges Burrow's start to 2021. At the least, it seems almost certain to cut way into his on-field prep time for his 2nd season. Burrow's absence the rest of this year pushes Ryan Finley into the starting lineup and clearly downgrades the fantasy outlooks for Bengals WRs.

The "initial diagnosis" on Bengals QB Joe Burrow's left knee is a torn ACL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "There may be additional damage," Rapoport adds. Burrow has already tweeted that he's done for the season. We'll look for another update on the final damage and exactly how long Burrow will be sidelined. He might not be a lock for the start of the 2021 campaign. QB Ryan Finley will step in for Burrow the rest of the way -- a huge downgrade for the offense.

Bengals QB Joe Burrow suffered a left leg injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Washington. He got high-lowed and bent awkwardly. Burrow was in obvious pain and carted off the field. This looks like a significant injury. QB Ryan Finley has replaced Burrow.

Update: Burrow is officially done for the day with a left knee injury, the team announced. Burrow later tweeted, "See ya next year." So it sounds like at least an ACL tear. We'll see about the official diagnosis.

The forecast for today's Titans-Bengals game calls for winds of 20-30 mph. That's just past the threshold of when we start to worry about the passing and kicking games. We're lowering our projections for both passing games a tad and would avoid both kickers in this game. Note that the Bengals will be without all 5 of their starting offensive linemen from Week 1 today. Their implied total has sunk from 25.75 to 21.5.

Bengals QB Joe Burrow played well in Friday's intrasquad scrimmage, completing 13 of 19 passes with 2 TDs, according to those in attendance. We usually wouldn't report on a scrimmage -- but it's the best we have with no preseason games. Burrow has drawn strong reviews for his camp performance so far and looks ready to make an immediate fantasy impact. He's 1 of our favorite later-round QB targets.

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