Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow is excited about having a chance to compete against last year's NFL MVP Lamar Jackson. The Bengals, who selected Burrow at No. 1 in this past NFL draft, travel this week to Baltimore for an away game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens, who finished last season with the best regular season record, have started this season with a 3-1 record and they will be the huge favorites against the Bengals. "I'm excited to compete against him," Burrow said of Jackson, per CBS Sports.
"Obviously, he's one of the best players in the league right now going back the last two, three years. He's unbelievable, he's fun to watch. "When you watch teams that play him, I catch myself watching Lamar instead of watching the defense that I'm studying and I have to go back and re-watch the game because I'm like, 'Shoot, I just watched Lamar the whole time.
I didn't get anything from that hour of tape.' He's an unbelievable player. I'm excited to compete against him."
Jackson also spoke highly of Burrow
Burrow arrived to the league with high expectations as the Bengals hope he will turn into a franchise quarterback and lead the team to a Super Bowl.
Jackson, who is considered as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, likes Burrow but he hopes the rookie won't have a big game when they meet on Sunday. "I like his game," Jackson said of Burrow. "I see he's broken records for passing yards in consecutive weeks.
That's pretty dope. But I don't wish him success against us. I do want to win this game." In 2014, both Burrow and Jackson failed to make it past the regional round of their respective Elite 11 camps. "That was something that fueled me early in my career," Burrow admitted.
"It's not about the talent that you have or amount of stars you have or anything like that. It's about the work you put in. I'm not the most talented guy in the world, but I put in a lot of work to be prepared for game day, and I pride myself on my play and my execution of the offense.
"I've played with a lot of guys that can throw the ball 75 or 80 yards that aren't where I'm at now, or where Lamar's at now. There's a lot of different things that go into playing quarterback."