CINCINATION – Joe Barrow said that he did not waste time thinking about himself and not thinking about what could have happened after the loss of the Bengals in the Super Cup of Los Angeles Rams.

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Barrow said he watched the video of the game once and then mentally recorded it. He is not one of those who dwell on the past, and moreover, he is confident that the Bengals will return to the Super Cup sooner rather than later during his stay.

“I treated it like any other loss,” Barov insisted on Tuesday after taking part in organized off-season events with the team’s veterans on the second day.

“I looked at it the next day and saw what I needed to improve, what we did well and move on,” he said. – We left it behind. We lost. We had a wonderful year. We are moving forward. “

Barrow was in his second year in the NFL and is still recovering from major knee surgery in 2021. He led the Bengals to the AFC North title and their first Super Cup appearance in 33 years and lost to the Rams 23-20.


Last year at this time Barrow was still rehabilitating after major knee surgery in December of the previous year. He threw, but his mobility and readiness for the season were far from guaranteed. He sat most of the pre-season, then started the regular season, not yet 100%.

This spring he is not wearing a bandage to protect his repaired left knee. He sprained his right knee in the Super Cup, but says there are no long-term consequences.

On Tuesday, he led the first team behind the renewed offensive line, the goal of which is to keep him upright more often. This was a problem in his first two years with Cincinnati.

“I’m feeling great,” said Barrow. “Will I be ready for the season. I can just focus on adjusting my body, make sure I’m healthy, and then relax.”


“I’m sure he doesn’t take it for granted,” coach Zach Taylor said.

In 2021, the Bengals developed slowly, but – without injuries and problems with COVID-19 the previous season – had a strong second half to finish 10-7. Two of their three playoff victories were decided by Evan McPherson’s goals, including a 27-24 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC championship match.

“We need to start stronger this year,” Borov said. “As an offense we kind of threw in the initial part when we didn’t do everything we needed to do to win the games we hoped to win. Just entering this year, I just expect to be more sophisticated, more technical offense that really maintain explosiveness and efficiency throughout the year. ”


Much of this may depend on new offensive linemen signed as free agents to defend the most fired quarterback in the NFL. Central Ted Carras, right-back Alex Capo and right-sunset Lael Collins ran with the first team on Tuesday, along with Jonah Williams in the left back and Jackson Carman in the left guard.

“I’m thinking about it, expecting that we can open it up a bit and maybe throw in some things that we couldn’t do last year and the year before,” Barrow said.

Carras, who blocked Tom Brady and won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, likes what he sees so far with Barrow, who has done his best to foster a personal relationship with each of the new linemen.

“I’ve always said that coolness is an attribute of QB and statistics, and his (pseudonym) is Joe Cool,” Karas said. – Usually there are not many good defenders who do not care about the guys, so he was very cool for me. We are building our friendship, building our relationship.


“We’re going to use this spring to hone it, and come back this summer with a cannon gun.”

On Tuesday, among the Bengals veterans was not defender Trey Hendrickson and security Jesse Bates III, who was disappointed that he could not agree on a long-term deal with the team. The Bengals put up a franchise tag on Bates in March.


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