Bengals' head coach Zac Taylor gives update on Joe Burrow’s wrist recovery as OTAs begin

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor is pleased with what he’s seen from his quarterback so far through the voluntary offseason program.

Burrow, 26, underwent season-ending wrist surgery to repair a tear in his scapholunate ligament in November. On Tuesday, Burrow was able to throw passes to his wide receivers against defensive players for the first time this spring. Live contact is prohibited but NFL teams are allowed to run 11-on-11 drills.

Taylor said he’s pleased with the way Burrow is throwing the ball so far.

“I feel really good about where he's at,” Taylor said. “He's been accurate, he's been on time. He's throwing with great velocity and power. You'd have to ask him what he thinks of his performance, exactly. But I like what I see right now."

Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins not at OTAs

Right now, Burrow is spending most of his time throwing to all of his receiving targets not named Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase. Both of these players have yet to report to Cincinnati’s voluntary offseason program this spring.

Burrow’s health is the No. 1 priority for this team entering a critical season after missing the playoffs in 2023. Earlier this spring, Burrow said he now understands the importance of being cautious and he hopes it will help him avoid any injuries this year.

“I'm growing and learning how to handle my body,” Burrow said. “I think that's a continued process of learning when to push through something that you think maybe might be there and another day, you might not be feeling great and this muscle's a little tight and like, 'Hey, we got to take it easy today.' So that's something that I'm continuing to learn. I think that's part of growing as a player and as a pro and it's a continued process day-in and day-out."

Joe Burrow dealing with recovery from wrist injury

Cincinnati’s franchise quarterback understands the urgency behind this season and knows his health is the key to the Bengals making another Super Bowl run. Burrow and the Bengals have proven when the former No. 1 overall pick is healthy with Higgins and Chase in tow, they can be one of the most explosive offensive units in the NFL.

After three consecutive seasons of missing significant time during training camp due to injuries, Burrow is approaching this season differently. Burrow put on more weight this offseason and believes the added weight can help him withstand some of the hits he takes in the pocket.

“I'm addicted to getting better,” he said. “And that feeling is there's nothing like the feeling of getting better because that makes the day-to-day really worth it. Once you start to see the results of the work that you're putting in, there's nothing like that and so that's really what I'm striving for every day.”

Burrow said he started throwing again in April and is fully cleared to do everything that doesn’t involve contact. Right now, the focus is on mechanics like his footwork, arm path and the “little intricacies of the throwing motion.”

The Bengals made Burrow the highest paid player on an annual basis last September when they signed him to a five-year, $275 million deal.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Joe Burrow wrist injury recovery update from Bengals coach Zac Taylor