Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow went out with a season-ending wrist injury in Week 11 against the Ravens. Since then, Cincinnati’s playoff aspirations have looked murky at best.
Stepping in for Burrow is backup Jake Browning. How long has Browning been in the NFL, and what has his career looked like so far?
Jake Browning’s NFL Career
In college, Browning played 54 games with the Washington Huskies, starting all of them, with a record of 39-15. He had 958 completions on 1,484 attempts with 12,296 yards, 94 touchdowns, and 34 interceptions. He also had 16 rushing touchdowns.
Browning became the first freshman to open the season in Washington football history and ended the season with 2,955 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
He was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2016 and was first-team All-Pac-12 in the same year. Browning also finished in sixth place in the 2016 Heisman Trophy voting.
While he had a strong season in 2016, it was later revealed that Browning was dealing with issues with his throwing arm throughout the season. He underwent surgery a couple of weeks after the Huskies’ playoff loss.
Browning went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft, partially because his shoulder injury hampered his draft stock with questions about his arm strength. He was later picked up as a UDFA by the Minnesota Vikings before signing with their practice squad.
He was waived by the Vikings during the 2020 season amidst final roster cuts. He signed a reserve/future contract in January 2021 and was waived in August 2021.
He joined the Bengals in 2021 when he was signed to their practice squad. He signed a reserve/future contract in February 2022, was waived in August 2022, signed to the practice squad the next day, and then signed a reserve/future contract in January 2023.
In the 2023 preseason, Browning completed 32 of 45 pass attempts for 277 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions through three games.
Before stepping in for Burrow in Week 11, Browning played during the end of the Bengals’ Week 1 loss to the Cleveland Browns. He failed to complete his only pass attempt. Browning completed eight of his 14 pass attempts for 68 yards and a touchdown after taking over for Burrow in Week 11. The team ended up losing the divisional matchup, 34-20.
In a 16-10 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 12 — Browning’s first NFL start — he completed 19 of 26 pass attempts for 227 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
Browning will once again be the starter as the Bengals take on the 8-3 Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday Night Football, and he said he is feeling more comfortable going into this matchup.
“Practice felt so much smoother today versus last week,” Browning said after Thursday’s first practice of the week. “(Last week was) what is this all going to look like? Now I have a full week of that, and I think I also just keep going back to the fact that whatever week this is (13), this is like Week 2 for me, Week 3.”
Browning said since he is nowhere near his plateau, he will continue to improve each week with practices and reps.
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