Former Bengals QB Carson Palmer offers advice to Joe Burrow
The Cincinnati Bengals drafted former USC QB Carson Palmer with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Palmer had some moderate success with the Bengals before moving on to the Raiders and Cardinals to finish out his career.
Now, the Bengals have a new quarterback who was the No. 1 overall pick — former LSU star Joe Burrow.
“The best thing he can do is go in there and work his butt off,” Palmer said. “He’s a hometown kid. He grew up an hour northeast of downtown Cincinnati. That city’s in his blood. He’s got family and high school teammates and teachers and so many people pulling for him. He’s going to have a ton of support.
“If you get shellacked in Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 — just keep fighting because they are a couple steps behind personnel wise. There’s a reason they’re drafting number one. It’s because they’re a couple years away. So just come in and know that it’s gong to be a rough start from the jump. But coming off a national championship, coming off all the success he’s had at the collegiate level, maybe his work ethic can come in and create a culture there that there’s a certain level of commitment, a certain level of work ethic and expertise and professionalism that he can bring in and I hope to see that rub off on all the guys around him.”
Palmer didn’t play at all during his rookie season, sitting behind Jon Kitna. It doesn’t appear Burrow will have that same luxury in 2020.
Palmer started 13 games as a second-year player in 2004. He threw 18 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Can Burrow do better than that?