The NFL Combine is underway, and Tuesday brings the first player press conferences of the week. Quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends will meet with the media on Tuesday, with NFL Network likely to carry plenty of the session.
There will be plenty of cliches mixed with the occasional fun presser, but the one that a lot of people are waiting for is that of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. The Heisman Trophy winner, national champion, and all but guaranteed No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft is going to get plenty of questions, but there’s a decent bet one of the questions is very specific.
Burrow has not said anything to suggest he will not play for the Cincinnati Bengals if they pick him No. 1 overall, but media have started to push a narrative that maybe he is not super jazzed about playing in Cincinnati. Pro Football Talk has led the way on this, with multiple articles picking apart Burrow’s answers to various questions and suggesting it could mean this is not so clear cut.
It comes across as fishing for traffic, but it would be an upset if Burrow did not get a question directly asking him about playing for the Bengals. Given that another team could move up in the draft and select him, or the Bengals could decide he’s not their guy, it makes sense for Burrow to not dive right in and say it’s the Bengals or bust for him. I don’t blame him for slow-playing this, even if it gets tongues wagging.
And so, we wait for Tuesday’s press conferences and see what Burrow has to say when he is inevitably asked about playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.