"We're going to put a lot on Joe right out of the gate," head coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday, according to ESPN's Ben Baby. "Obviously we have weeks to sort out who's starting and all that good stuff, but Joe's going to walk in and take the first snaps at quarterback. He's prepared for that."
Though Taylor isn't ready to anoint Burrow as the team's starting quarterback entering training camp, the former LSU standout is likely a lock to be under center Week 1.
Cincinnati's offseason release of longtime starter Andy Dalton highlighted the franchise's confidence in Burrow; the move left Ryan Finley - who has just 87 career passing attempts in the NFL - as the Bengals' most experienced quarterback.
Burrow, who inked a four-year contract worth $36.1 million Tuesday, is entering his first NFL season following a historic final year in college. He won the Heisman Trophy, led the Tigers to a national title, and set a new FBS record with 60 touchdown passes.
The 23-year-old won't have any preseason games to get acclimated to the NFL due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Taylor believes his new quarterback is ready to rise to the challenge.
"We took him because we've got high expectations for Joe," Taylor said. "And from everything I know about him and have seen of him, he's got high expectations for himself. And so he's going to do everything he can to put himself in a position to be successful. I trust that."