Healthy offseason has Vontaze Burfict feeling great

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Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is heading into the final year of his contract and he’s doing it in a different way than he headed into the last two seasons.

Burfict needed microfracture surgery after a 2014 knee injury that limited him to five games and started the 2015 season on the PUP list as he continued to recover. Last offseason saw him dealing with a foot injury that teamed with his season-opening suspension as reasons why he got in limited work during the offseason and preseason.

There are no such concerns this offseason, however, and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther says Burfict is in the best shape he’s been in since his Pro Bowl season in 2014.

“It set me back for pretty much, I would say two years because coming in you’re not able to mesh your whole body how you want to so you get other injuries,” Burfict said, via Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “This offseason I was able to focus on all the little muscles in my body, conditioning and doing all types of yogas and stuff like that. I feel great. I came in in great shape and I’m just here to try and lead the team.”

Burfict said he’s not thinking about his contract, but he doesn’t need to spend much time pondering the state of things to know that being healthy and productive is the best path to cashing in whether he’s in Cincinnati or somewhere else.

18 responses to “Healthy offseason has Vontaze Burfict feeling great

  1. Awesome to see that he’ll be feeling fine while handing out cheap-shot after cheap-shot. This piece of garbage shouldn’t even be allowed to play in the NFL.

  2. He and Rey Maualuga looked like offensive linemen when they arrived at camp last year. The first few games, they were huffing and puffing in games. Burfict seemed to get in better shape as the season went on. Hopefully he can avoid that this year and get back to being a beast.

  3. Tez is a great Linebacker and I’m glad his body is healthy. Now I hope he works on his temper. We don need no steenkin’ personal fouls.

  4. I hope he has a healthy and productive season with NO suspensions and personal foul penalties. When he’s playing the game the right way and healthy, Vontaze is a special player.

  5. One can only hope that this dirty player plays one down and has a career ending injury – he should never be on the field because he is a risk of injury to other players.

  6. He spent the off-season refining his technique, and now he feels he can intentionally hurt players way easier than last year.

  7. I’m sure all of the posts criticizing Burfict are written by fans of teams full of choir boys and they are all are happy with all of the new rules that are clamping down on the physicality of the game.

  8. ajgreenhof says:
    May 17, 2017 11:20 AM
    Toughest dude in the NFL.

    Steelers fans cower.
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    I’d call him a cheap shot artist, except there’s no artistry involved in his case. He keeps getting caught. Remember how he helped cost the Mighty Bengals that playoff game against the STEELERS?

    As for “Steeler fans cower”, you’ve got to be kidding. We respect most of our opponents, but we don’t cower at all (even against the Patriots, who have our number, sad to say), let alone to the Tabbies and their “Who Dey” fans. You and I both know “Who Dey t’ink gonna beat dem Bengals?”. It’s the Steelers.

  9. You know you’re doing something right when the “haters”
    come out in full force. Yeah, he’s had maturity issues with
    the cheap shots and temper but the guy can ball!! He’s never been arrested though.

    Dump Adam Jones and take that 6 million plus salary cap savings and put it towards Burfict’s new contract. 🙂

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