Joe Burrow is a special kind of player. While his rookie season last year was unspectacular, he was primarily a special teams player. But he was the Browns’ best option out of the backfield, so they kept him around. This year, he’s been used in every offensive capacity by coach Hue Jackson, and that’s good news for the Browns. Joe Burrow’s strengths are his pass catching ability and his toughness. At 6′ 3″ and 230 pounds, he’s built like a wide receiver, and in college he was a three-year starter at quarterback and running back (and also a kick returner).

Joe Burrow’s recent comments should be worrisome for the rest of the AFC North. Making matters worse for the Steelers, who have made it clear they have no intention of benching their rookie quarterback, is the fact that he has built a strong rapport with Ben Roethlisberger’s complementary receivers.

The AFC North is perhaps one of the toughest divisions in football, with three playoff teams last season: Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. But this year, everyone should pay attention to another team, the Cincinnati Bengals. No, the Bengals won’t be world champions in 2021, but quarterback Joe Barrow’s recent comments should have other AFC North teams worried when they face Cincinnati next season.

Joe Barrow and T Higgins were excellent rookies for the Bengals in 2020

. Barrow was the one Cincinnati player everyone had their eye on in 2020. He was the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and that was after having an unfathomable season at LSU in 2019, winning a national championship and the Heisman Trophy. He finally lived up to expectations on the Bengals team. In nine games and one more, Burrow has rushed for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. His average of 268.8 yards per game was also seventh in the NFL. But the Bengals’ inability to put an above-average offensive line in front of Barrow led to the young quarterback suffering a knee injury in Week 11. Then he missed the rest of the season. Although Barrow’s injury has upset Bengals fans, they are still optimistic about another 2020 acquisition: T. Higgins. After a stellar career with the Clemson Tigers, Higgins was selected in the second round by Cincinnati last year. In the end, he showed that he has the potential to be a great NFL receiver: He caught 67 passes for 908 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie. He caught 43 of those passes and totaled 629 yards with Burrow on the ground, proving that the two could be a dangerous duo in the coming seasons.

Joe Barrow made a chilling statement about T Higgins

word-image-10624 word-image-10625 Joe Barrow of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up for the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on the 27th. September 2020 on. | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images It looks like Burrow will be ready for the 2021 season, which is a miracle considering how badly he injured his knee in the fall. While Bengals fans have plenty to cheer about, Barrow also recently sent a message about Higgins that should stir Chili’s fans. He looks like a different person, Barrow said of Higgins, who gained muscle mass in the offseason, according to the Bengals’ team website. We were throwing deep balls, and the first two times I threw them a little short, and I thought: Jesus T., where did that come from? I didn’t expect him to. He’s coming out this year. We have a couple of horses in the attack that I am very happy with. It’s gonna be a great year. Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan also praised Higgins. He came back strong. Physically, he’s very good. He did a lot of work in the offseason, from the end of the season until his return, to adjust his body, Callahan said, according to Bengals.com. It’s more explosive.

AFC North to be influenced

. No, the Bengals won’t win the AFC North this year, but this announcement about Higgins, combined with Burrow’s timely reassignment and some of the team’s other mid-season measures, should make rivals in the division nervous. The Bengals will no longer be a team that you can just grab and list as a winner. In addition to Burrow and Higgins, Cincinnati finally addressed its offensive line in the offensive season by signing former Vikings quarterback Riley Reiff and selecting three linemen, including Clemson’s Jackson Carman. They also brought in a new weapon for Burrow in college catcher Ja’Marr Chase. He caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2019 with Burrow at LSU. And all that with Tyler Boyd at receiver, who had multiple 1,000-yard seasons in 2018 and 2019, and Joe Mixon at running back, who also rushed for over 1,100 yards in those seasons. The Bengals have the weapons to be one of the most exciting offenses in the NFL, which could make it interesting when they play against their AFC North rivals. They’re still not good enough to compete with these teams for a playoff spot, but they can play the game breaker and possibly prevent one of these teams from getting a higher ranking or even making it to the postseason. Cincinnati hasn’t been a true Super Bowl contender since Boomer Esiason. That won’t change this year, but a stronger Barrow and an improved Higgins in a more talented offense should make Browns, Steelers and Ravens fans cringe. statistics courtesy of Sports Reference and Pro Football Reference. COMPARED TO: Joe Barrow and the Cincinnati Bengals team got big news about the $36 million injury to QB.

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