The Bengals gave the key to the franchise to Joe Burrow last year, but the offensive line was unable to keep him upright all year. This led to a massive injury to Burrow and a lost season for the Bengals. The organization has made some moves to improve the line with the signing of Riley Reiff, the drafting of Jackson Carman in the second round, D’Ante Smith in the fourth round, and Trey Hill in the sixth round. This year was basically Jonah Williams’ rookie year, so he should take some steps towards improvement. Even though they addressed the line in the draft, they decided to pass on premier left tackle, Penei Sewell, and take Ja’Marr Chase instead.
The youth movement is in full swing and the goal for the Bengals is to continue to build and improve and let Burrow lead them to their first playoff appearance since 2015. On offense, they look like a powerhouse of skill position players with Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and Joe Mixon. If the line play improves, this could be one of the top offenses in the league as Burrow was on pace for record-breaking numbers in 2020. Their defense struggled in 2020 and is part of the reason Burrow had to throw so often. That side of the ball looks to make strides this year with the free-agent signings and rookie draft picks joining the team.