Future Watch: Cincinnati Bengals Football Cards, trio to collect

Future Watch: Cincinnati Bengals Football Cards, trio to collect – The Bengals have long searched for that quarterback to help them win their first-ever Super Bowl. They’ve gotten close before but haven’t been able to get over the hump. Now with a bright new batch of young players, they’re building towards another run at a title. It’s down the road, but you can see the building blocks, and now all they have to do is start to execute.

Joe Burrow was drafted first overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. His father, Jim, was an All-Star in the CFL and won a Grey Cup in 1977 with the Montreal Alouettes. Burrow attended Ohio State but didn’t play enough so he graduated early and was a graduate transfer when he attended LSU. 2019 was Burrow’s year. In a game against Utah State, the quarterback threw for 344 yards and five touchdowns. In December of that year, he won the Heisman Trophy. In the 2019 Peach Bowl victory, Burrow threw for seven touchdowns in the first half! He ran for a touchdown as well in the 63-28 win over Oklahoma. In the 2020 National Championship Game, Burrow threw for 463 yards and six touchdowns, earning MVP honors while guiding LSU to the National Championship. During the 2020 NFL season, Burrow threw for 406 yards and three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown, becoming the first NFL rookie to do so. In Week 11, he tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee and sustained damage to his PCL and meniscus. Burrow has healed and is ready for the 2021 season.
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Jessie Bates III was drafted 54th overall in 2018. The 6-1 safety has terrific hands and speed, and first showed off those skills at Wake Forest. In his redshirt freshman season there, Bates had five interceptions, two that he returned for touchdowns along with 100 tackles. He was named to the USA Freshman All-America team as well as other accolades. In 2017, Bates returned a punt for a touchdown as well as 79 tackles and five pass deflections. He then declared for the NFL Draft. In three seasons, Bates has three interceptions, one for a touchdown plus two forced fumbles and fumble recovery. He was a second-team All-Pro in 2020 and a star in the making.
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Drew Sample was drafted with the 52nd overall pick in 2019. The University of Washington product stands 6-5, 258 pounds. As a Tight End, his blocking in college was important, and he caught only five touchdowns in four seasons, three as a senior. Sample was the Bengals backup in 2019 and 2020 until an injury gave him playing time. He made the most of it with 16 first down catches and a touchdown. He may just be scratching the surface.
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