Joe Burrow gets huge praise from Mike Zimmer ahead of Week 1

By Chris Roling

Cincinnati Bengals fans loved Mike Zimmer during his time with the team as defensive coordinator and they’re sure to love some of his recent comments about Joe Burrow.

Speaking with reporters before his Minnesota Vikings play the Bengals this weekend at Paul Brown Stadium, Zimmer threw out a Carson Palmer comp while talking about Burrow, per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com:

“I have been extremely impressed with watching Burrow. This kid is competitive. He’s a heck of a scrambler. He’s got a big-time arm, he’s not afraid to throw the ball into tight windows. He seems to see things and get the ball off really quick. It looks like, I remember, Carson the way he could spin the ball. This guy probably will be better than him.

“He’s a better scrambler, but I’ve been so impressed with the toughness. He will take a shot, scramble and dive or the first down. Run a quarterback draw. All the things he does. I think y’all hit big on that one.”

Zimmer isn’t the first to suggest Burrow could surpass Palmer in any number of ways. But the praise as a whole means quite a bit coming from someone as genuine as Zimmer — especially before his team comes to visit the area.

Burrow will have a chance to prove Zimmer right on Sunday too as he completes his faster-than-expected comeback. And if he’s doing that, he’s probably helping the Bengals make a serious push for a 1-0 start to the season.


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