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Joe Burrow Opens Up About Training Camp Struggles

Adam Taylor McKillop
Cincinnati Bengals franchise quarterback Joe Burrow has opened up about his early training camp struggles.
Cincinnati Bengals franchise quarterback Joe Burrow has opened up about his early training camp struggles. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images
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It's not time to hit the panic button yet, but there have been numerous stories coming out of Cincinnati Bengals training camp regarding Joe Burrow's struggles.

Cincinnati fans are fully aware of these storylines, but it's taken with a level of understanding. After all, Burrow suffered a gruesome season-ending ACL and MCL tear in the midst of a breakout rookie campaign in 2020.

Now, the young franchise quarterback has opened up about his struggles early on in camp.

Joe Burrow Bengals

The former LSU Tiger and NCAA National Champion described his level of frustration as "up there," in discussions about these struggles. These struggles stem from Burrow essentially playing very unlike himself. His passes haven't been sharp, he's had trouble alluding pressure, and he's thrown a number of uncharacteristic interceptions.

For the 24-year-old gunslinger, he chalks these struggles up to "a mental thing."

“It’s frustrating right now, more so just not feeling like myself. I know I’ve put the work in to make my knee feel good, make my body ready for the season. It’s just now trusting my abilities, trusting my work, trusting everything. ... When we get closer to Game 1 (of the regular season), if this is still happening, then the panic button will start off. But right now, there’s no panic button going on.”

Joe Burrow

There's no reason not to give the second-year QB a break for his early struggles. He may be fully healthy from a physical standpoint, but it's hard to just erase the memory of that gruesome injury. The good news? Burrow isn't hitting the panic button yet and neither should Bengals fans. After all, the NFL Preseason is all about working through these sorts of issues.

Currently, Cincinnati owns +12000 odds to win Super Bowl 56 on FanDuel Sportsbook. The success of this team lies first and foremost with Burrow's abilities, and he definitely has a chance to improve those odds.


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