The NFL only got to see a glimpse of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow last season. Before his campaign came to an end due to a torn ACL injury, Burrow was deemed as a top contender for the 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award thanks to his 13 passing touchdowns recorded over 10 games.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has been doing his scouting homework on Burrow ahead of his team’s upcoming Week 1 opener against the Bengals. And even with the small sample size of games played in the NFL, Zimmer sees that the sky is the limit for Burrow’s potential in the league.
Speaking ahead of the Vikings’ clash with the Bengals, Zimmer offered his take on Burrow’s play and assertiveness as a passer, where he drew comparisons between the one-time Heisman Trophy winner and another player who also won college football's most prestigious individual honor.
“I have been extremely impressed with watching Burrow,” Zimmer said. “This kid is competitive.
“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 [Palmer] 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.”
During his time as the Bengals’ defensive coordinator over a decade ago, Zimmer watched up close on Carson Palmer's latter years with Cincinnati. Thus, the Vikings head coach is one who can make a fair comparison between the two.
Palmer had a formidable career in the NFL, which included 294 passing touchdowns and three Pro Bowl selections. If Burrow manages to outshine Palmer’s career, then the Bengals may be in for a special run over the upcoming seasons.