• Crissy Froyd

What does the Bengals' QB situation look like heading into 2020?

The Cincinnati Bengals look to get a fresh start at the quarterback position this year after drafting former LSU signal-caller Joe Burrow at No. 1 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft and parting ways with Andy Dalton earlier this offseason.


So, what can we expect from Burrow in his rookie season, and what lies behind him on the depth chart?


Here's a look into every quarterback currently on the Bengals roster.


Joe Burrow


The Bengals gain one of the most exciting prospects to ever come out of LSU, and one of the best quarterbacks in the history of college football in Burrow. Analysts struggled all last year to find a fault in his game, with a bit more arm strength being the only real thing left to be desired.


Burrow, not a system quarterback, has continuously defied the odds in the face of adversity, coming off the bench from Ohio State and shattering a multitude of records en route to a national championship win on an undefeated season and taking home the Heisman Trophy.


The 6-foot-4-inch, 216-pound Burrow capped off the 2019 season with a completion percentage of 76.3% – the second-best in a single season in NCAA history – along with 5,671 passing yards, 60 touchdowns and just six interceptions.


Ryan Finley


Finley didn't do well when he was named the starter over Andy Dalton, but he could still have the opportunity to play backup this season.


In the three games he started, Finley completed just 47.1% of his passes for two touchdowns and five interceptions. Head coach Zac Taylor had seen enough at that point.


That's a rough completion percentage and an even rougher touchdown-to-interception ratio. Tough scene for Finley, to say the least.


Jacob Dolegala


Given Finley's struggles, it wouldn't be surprising to see Dolegala take the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.


He made the team as an undrafted rookie, but has still yet to play a snap.


The 6-foot-7-inch, 242-pounder's physical traits may be what ultimately gives him an edge in the battle.


Bottom Line


There's not much of any debate surrounding the notion that Burrow will be the starter -- it's absolutely his job to lose.


Questions surround whether Burrow's abilities will translate to the NFL, or if he's simply a product of the LSU system, but he'll have an immediate chance to prove himself in Cincinnati later this year.


The competition between Finley and Dolegala behind Burrow will be an interesting one to watch -- and it will come down to those two, considering it doesn't look like the Bengals intend to bring on a veteran passer.

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