Joe Burrow about 80-85% joins OTAs
Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow was determined to make an OTA appearance
Joe Burrow isn’t complete after season-ending knee surgery, but the second-year quarterback has felt well enough to join his teammates on the field during OTAs wearing a left knee brace. As a team leader, Burrow wanted to send a positive message regarding his recovery.
“We have a lot of new faces on this team who need to see me there and see me work,” Burrow said via ESPN.com.
Burrow said he was around “80 to 85 percent” and threw a few passes during the drills. Burrow said his goal was to be “full” for training camp after being injured on November 22. In 10 starts, last year’s No. 1 overall pick was 2-7-1 with 2,688 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Cincinnati drafted wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, Burrow’s former LSU teammate, with the fifth overall pick, though many expected them to attack Penei Sewell. Burrow was sacked 32 times before being injured last season, but the Bengals coveted Chase and tackled their offensive line by taking on guard Jackson Carmen in the second round.
Cincinnati’s fortunes in 2021 are tied to keeping Burrow healthy, and head coach Zac Taylor has said Burrow will take it slowly during the rest of the OTAs.
“We’re not going to push the boundaries here,” Taylor said.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Former Raven Chris Wormley looks to bounce back from tough 2020
Former Ravens defensive end Chris Wormley was back on the pitch at OTAs after a tough first season with the Steelers. Baltimore traded Wormley to Pittsburgh in March 2020, but after spending three seasons in Baltimore he didn’t expect to be treated. Wormley also had nagging injuries that persisted throughout the 2020 season and he only played 148 shots. He said the adjustment to Pittsburgh and the pandemic had an impact on him mentally.
“There were a lot of times I had a pissing attitude when it came to feeling rejected by the Crows, being locked in a pandemic and on top of that, going on a new team,” Wormley said via ESPN. “Just a lot of things that have happened in the last year or so that have really made me question myself and my sanity. I think that has made me a better person.”
Wormley re-signed with Pittsburgh on a two-year contract early in free agency, and he is expected to be in the Steelers’ defensive line rotation behind Cameron Heyward and Stephen Tuitt. After last year’s fighting, Wormley said he would encourage more people to be honest when talking about mental health.
“There’s a stigma that you’re that big, tough guy who has no problem and you can handle it on your own,” Wormley said. “But a lot of times you just need to talk to someone. I think the NFL as a whole has really stepped up its game when it comes to mental health awareness.”
Cleveland Browns: Report Says Browns Won’t Continue Trade for Julio
The Browns were one of the few teams that decided not to have full OTA workouts last week, although some players participated in individual exercises on the field.
As for the news off the field, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. wrote that the Browns would not pursue Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who is reportedly on the trading block. Cleveland already has two high-priced receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.