Cincinnati Bengals legend Carson Palmer is honestly hoping and rooting for Joe Burrow to break his team records for the Bengals and helped the team win a Super Bowl. Palmer, the 2003 No. 1 overall pick, entered the league with high expectations but failed to lead the Bengals to a Super Bowl trophy.
In 2005, Palmer led the NFL in passing touchdowns. Burrow, who was taken by the Bengals at No. 1 in this past NFL league, entered the league with similar expectations. "I hope he does and I think he will," Palmer told the Bengals website.
"He's playing at a much higher level than I can remember a rookie playing. "Man, I enjoy watching him play. He's been spectacular … I had high expectations for him like everybody has and through four weeks I think he's exceeded those expectations and played better than anyone had hoped."
Palmers says the future is bright for Burrow and company
The Bengals now hope that Burrow will become the player they expect him to become and that they will form a team that will contend for the Super Bowl. "The future is bright," Palmer says.
"You've got the two Joes and (wide receivers) Tee and (Tyler) Boyd and A.J (Green) and the young left tackle from Alabama. You've got Geno (Atkins) who is still a great leader and hopefully he's back soon. You throw that big number out to me and that's great they're willing to spend around the young quarterback.
Because he's not really a young quarterback." In his NFL debut, Burrow rushed for a 23-yard touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers. "He's so much more athletic and faster than you'd expect. When he takes off and runs, people are shocked," Palmer says.
"They take bad angles and miss him. He's such a natural ball carrier." Burrow has struggled with deep balls so far as he is just 1-for-22 on balls of at least 20 yards. But Palmers isn't concerned as he says Burrow will get the feeling for deep balls.
"That's not a negative thing. It's easier to throw the digs and comebacks and curls and slants and crossing routes and all that. The deep ball will come," Palmer says. "That's something every young quarterback goes through regardless of where he's drafted or how much speed they have on the outside or what kind of deep threat they have. It just takes time. It just takes repetition."