In just 24 hours, former No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow will step on the field for the first time since he suffered a gruesome leg injury during the 2020 season.
After missing the better part of his rookie season, Burrow will be anxious to get back out there. He’ll face a tough test on Sunday afternoon against a revamped Minnesota Vikings defense.
While Burrow likely knows he’s in for a fight, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer knows Burrow has what it takes to be a great quarterback as well. In fact, Zimmer likened the young quarterback to a former Bengals quarterback: Carson Palmer.
While he didn’t spend his entire career with Cincinnati, Palmer was still one of the best to play for the Bengals.
Here’s what Zimmer had to say about Burrow, via Bengals.com.
“I have been extremely impressed with watching Burrow. This kid is competitive,” said Zimmer with the ultimate Zim compliment. “He’s a heck of a scrambler. 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 the way he could spin the ball. This guy probably will be better than him.”
Zimmer went on to say that Burrow is an even better runner than Palmer was.
“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.”
Cincinnati and Minnesota square off on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. ET.