Joe Burrow not lobbying for Bengals to draft Ja’Marr Chase, or Penei Sewell

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Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow says he is not, contrary to some reports, lobbying the team to draft his old LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase with the fifth overall pick in next week’s NFL draft. And he’s not lobbying for Oregon left tackle Penei Sewell, either.

Burrow told Cris Collinsworth on a Pro Football Focus podcast that he thinks there are more qualified people than him to decide who the Bengals should draft.

I’m not watching film on any of these guys. I’ve just seen highlights,” Burrow said, via Bengals.com. “The organization knows more than I do and will make the best pick.”

Burrow said he’s confident the Bengals will add a good player — and confident that they have added significantly to their team this offseason.

“I trust the organization to do what they do and do their jobs and pick the best player,” Burrow said. “I think we’re in a good spot to take just the best available. Especially after the free agency we had. We got a lot of really good players that are going to be a lot of help on defense and Riley Reiff at tackle is going to help us a lot.”

The Bengals need to take a big step forward in Year 2 for Burrow, and either Chase or Sewell can help that happen.

23 responses to “Joe Burrow not lobbying for Bengals to draft Ja’Marr Chase, or Penei Sewell

  1. Joe is too smart to say anything that would be either telling, misleading, or give the talking heads anything to speculate about, or to give them a “Burrow wants this angle”. Rest assured the Brown/Blackburn family, and Duke have been in communication with Joe throughout the process. The problem with sitting where Cincy is, is that there are several outstanding players available, and we could use more than one of them.

  2. The Cincinnati Bengals have finally found their franchise QB of the future in Joe Burrow and I can’t help but root for this kid,but it seems the verdict is still out on their head coach Zac Taylor. Not a Bengals fan….but as a football fan looking in from the outside,Zac Taylor looks to be already coaching on borrowed time. Make or break season coming up for Zac.

  3. So in other words he’s lobbying for them behind the scenes. Trust NOTHING you hear in the media over the next week.

  4. Not a bengals fan, but Burrow sounds like a great team player, looked good last year as well. Bengals look to have solidified there QB position for awhile.

  5. The Bengals top 2 OL are coming off ACL tears late in the season. Burrow is coming off an ACL tear. The picks need to he OL in several rounds if they value Burrow at all.

  6. you gotta love Burrow. Super talented with a high ceiling but he shuts up and only focuses on what he can control. Much more mature than some other QBs that are older than him. You know darn well he wants the team to draft OL, and lord knows he deserves it

  7. Of course it will be hard to be upset if they get a great receiver like Chase, but man I hope they are smart enough to realize that adding an extremely average right tackle on a 1 year deal does not do much to solidify a terrible line.

  8. Sewell would likely do a lot more for Burrow’s long-term health and well being than any receiver would. Sewell should be their pick.

  9. If Joe Burrow was my QB I would install that Erhardt-Perkins system that New England installed for Tom Brady. Spread the formations,
    Give him shorter slot receivers that are agile, elusive and good after the catch, and let him run the show so he can out- think D-Coordinators and eviscerate defenses. The man is a football savant. Trey Lance is a football savant as well.

  10. He was ‘lighting it up’ last year with the receivers they already have, Tackle is the smart pick as others have said. Plus it’s a safer, more immediate impactful position.

  11. I keep hearing about a “Civil War” among Bengals fans on who the Bengals should pick (Sewell or Chase), but tbh it seems 90% of the entire world “gets it” that Sewell is the no brainer pick.

  12. Confused…I was under the impression that QB1 also came with the responsibilitys of assistant GM.

  13. He said they’re in position to draft the best player, considering the free agency they had. They signed a tckle so dis he implying the best is chase? I think so and that would be my pick. Go interior line with rounds 2-3

  14. cincy85 says:
    April 21, 2021 at 11:49 pm
    He said they’re in position to draft the best player, considering the free agency they had. They signed a tckle so dis he implying the best is chase? I think so and that would be my pick. Go interior line with rounds 2-3
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    For what it’s worth, the last mock I saw on ESPN had 8 offensive lineman going off the board before the Bengals 2nd round pick. I doubt any Bengals fan is OK with protecting Joe Burrow with the 9th best lineman. Reilly Reiff is on a 1 year deal, he’s average at best, he’s already said if they need him to play guard he’ll do that. The writing is on the wall, draft Sewell or trade down and draft Slater. If one of them can beat out Reiff make them a tackle, if not they can play guard for a year.

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