Bengals 'impressed' with rookie QB Joe Burrow, name him Week 1 starter



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Bengals 'impressed' with rookie QB Joe Burrow, name him Week 1 starter

Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor raves about Joe Burrow as he says the rookie quarterback has been "impressive" so far in training camp. This offseason, the Bengals moved from their long-time quarterback Andy Dalton and used their No.

1 pick to select Burrow. Burrow led Louisiana up NCAA title last season and there was no doubt he would go No. 1 in the draft. Taylor plans to start Burrow in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Chargers. "He's just been impressive," Taylor said, per ESPN.

"He's what we expected when we took him No. 1 overall. He hasn't disappointed one day he's been out there. "Probably the thing that gets him the most is when he thinks the error is his own and he doesn't want to replicate the same mistake twice.

But he's a competitive guy, and we expect him to lead this offense to a lot of points." Burrow says each day he feels more confident in himself and his game. "I feel more comfortable than I did last week, so I think my overall performance is still getting better," Burrow said.

Taylor recently praised Burrow's leadership skills

"He’s got full grasp of our offense,” Taylor said, via NFL Media. “You want your quarterback to be the hardest worker on the team and an extension of the coaching staff.

He fits both those descriptions for us right now. He really breathes life into this offense, into this team. . . . He’s very confident; he’s not arrogant. "I think the team believes in this guy right now, but again he’s earned that in the way that he’s gone about his work, the way he operates in the meetings, the way he communicates with his teammates on both sides of the ball.

He’s filling into that leadership role as well as any young player can do right now." Taylor never kept that the Bengals plan to start Burrow. "We’re not going to beat around the bush. We’re going to give the guy the reps,” Taylor said.

“I didn’t want him to be splitting reps with somebody else and not getting all the work in that he needed to get to be the Week One starter. Sometimes you just have to make those decisions and go with it. Again, I haven’t looked back.

He’s done an excellent job. He’s been the No. 1 quarterback. We still have work to do these next three weeks, but again we’re not going to look again on that decision."