Rising second-year quarterback Joe Burrow has gotten off to a shaky start this summer at Cincinnati Bengals training camp. Early reports indicate that he’s struggled to find his footing as he ramps back up to speed following his gruesome knee injury last season.
However, Burrow has clearly heard about his depiction in the media since his return to the practice field. And he wants to set the record straight.
Burrow met with reporters at Bengals’ training camp on Thursday and interjected in the middle of a question about how the team’s defense had been giving the young quarterback’s offense a difficult time. The 2020 No. 1 overall pick interrupted by claiming that his unit has flipped the script in recent practices.
“That’s changed the last couple days, make sure you tell everybody that,” Burrow said with a grin, via Stripe City.
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Burrow clearly took the question personally and wanted to show Bengals fans that he and the offense had shown improvement since a shaky start to camp. He also appeared to crack a smile while doing so, which is a welcome sight after the last few weeks.
At the end of last week’s practices, Burrow said that his frustration level with his play was rising. Just a few days ago, he shared that his struggles have been more mental than physical as he adjusts to being back on the field.
“I would say right now it’s a mental thing,” Burrow told reporters. “I’m just getting back used to playing football again against top-level competition. Hopefully a couple more reps, a couple more days, we’ll get it back to my old self.”
“It’s just getting more comfortable in the pocket,” the Bengals starter continued. “Today we’re going to have a bunch of people around me in 7-on-7 and individual drills just to get that feeling back. That’s the last step for me, just get my pocket presence back and understanding when I’m pressured and when I’m not. Just getting that whole feeling back that I’ve been really good at for a long time.”
Burrow still has plenty of time to build his confidence back up before Week 1 of the regular season. In the meantime, he’ll probably need to keep dealing with questions from reporters asking how he’s feeling about his performance.