Joe Burrow given day off after practice struggles, looking ‘Iffy’ on knee
It’s still early, but so far training camp has reportedly not gone well for Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
The former LSU Heisman Trophy winner is coming off major knee surgery, so perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising that he’s taking time to get back into the swing of things. But so far the reports have not been good.
He was given the day off from practice on Wednesday due to his struggles.
“We’ll rest Joe today because we got this three day burst next week,” Coach Zac Taylor told reporters on Wednesday, via Sports Illustrated. “He wants to be in there with the guys continuing to gain chemistry with these receivers so it’s not something he wants to do, but he’s not the coach though, he doesn’t get to make that decision.”
Here’s an excerpt of analysis from The Athletic’s Jay Morrison and Paul Denher Jr.:
“It’s just not good right now. Throws that felt like layups last year are dropping harmlessly away from receivers or easily broken up by multiple defenders. There might be a multitude of reasons for the struggles, but this has been ugly. At one point, pressure pushed into his face and Burrow lifted his leg into the air almost to avoid any accident with the close pocket. It makes you wonder if the knee is still in his head, but that’s strictly guesswork. The bottom line is there’s no way to say his play looks comfortable at this point and this isn’t at all what you have seen from Burrow even in the early camp moments of last season.”
Burrow’s teammate, receiver Tyler Boyd, said Burrow looked “iffy on the knee” in practice this week.
Tyler Boyd today on Joe Burrow's progress:
"I think he's a little iffy on his knee, but it's hard to tell. I think he's ready to go, but he doesn't want to do too much."
— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) August 4, 2021
Burrow suffered a torn left ACL and MCL last November.
There’s still time for Burrow to turn things around, but it’s not off to a great start. The Bengals’ first preseason game is on Aug. 14.