Kirk Herbstreit shares assessment of Joe Burrow's NFL debut
Even in a losing effort, Joe Burrow managed to impress in his NFL debut. The No. 1 draft pick out of LSU went 22-of-36 passing for 193 yards and an interception. The Cincinnati Bengals’ only touchdown came on a Burrow rushing score.
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit isn’t normally an NFL analyst, but calling Monday Night Football, he weighed in on the Heisman Trophy winner’s debut.
“Joey Burrow, I thought, played well his first game, didn’t he?” Herbstreit said, according to 247Sports’ Garrett Stepien. “He looked good. He gave his team a chance. Really good defense, the Chargers. Gave his team a chance there late to try to win it.”
As Herbstreit mentioned, Burrow put Cincinnati in a position to win, driving the team all the way to the Chargers 3-yard line on the Bengals’ final possession. Unfortunately, once at the 3-yard line, the Bengals were penalized for a push-off and then missed a chip-shot field goal to tie.
Veteran NFL wide receiver A.J. Green was impressed by Burrow’s poise under pressure.
“It’s unbelievable,” Green said. “That guy don’t flinch. The way he handled himself on that last drive was unbelievable… We have a special one in Joe.”