LSU Football: Joe Burrow receives glowing praise from Carson Palmer

Former LSU football QB Joe Burrow
Former LSU football QB Joe Burrow /

Former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow has had a lot of expectations placed on him after being the No. 1 overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Burrow, who led the Tigers to a national championship win against Clemson to conclude the 2019 season, showed a lot of promise as a rookie in 2020.

Prior to going down with a torn ACL, Burrow played in 10 games and was on pace for 4,300 passing yards.

Those are incredible numbers for any rookie. But they’re even more incredible when you consider the not-so-great situation that Burrow found himself in as a rookie in Cincinnati.

Former Bengals QB Carson Palmer likes what he sees in Joe Burrow

I don’t think enough is said about just how bad the Bengals would’ve been last season without Burrow.

And that’s something that isn’t lost on former Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer.

Palmer recently appeared on The Pat McAfee show and discussed, at length, Burrow and his future in Cincinnati.

“I thought he was gonna be a really good pro and thought the sky was the limit, but he came in and played as a rookie on a team that was not quite as good as every team they played personnel-wise and he still with that supporting cast around him played like one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the league,” explained Palmer.

“I was blown away. He didn’t have those rookie moments, those rookie passes where you’re like, ‘Oh no, no, no, don’t throw that one!’ He was smart with the ball, he was mature, he was taking a shellacking on the field….he was absolutely taking a pummeling.”

If Burrow is going to be successful in Cincinnati, the Bengals are going to have to give him some help. I know that’s going to take some time, but they have no time to waste. They have to get draft picks right, they have to hit on free agents, and they can’t be passive.

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Otherwise, the Bengals are going to waste one of the potentially great quarterbacks of this generation.