Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah hasn’t been shy about his admiration for his new quarterback and teammate, Joe Burrow.
Joe Burrow is no stranger to receiving praise. Before the Cincinnati Bengals selected him first overall, he drew rave reviews from scouts, analysts, and others scattered throughout the sports landscape. However, when admiration comes from a teammate, as it has with C.J. Uzomah, it carries a little extra weight.
Uzomah and Burrow barely know each other. After all, Cincinnati is just a few weeks into training camp, but that hasn’t prevented the Bengals’ sixth-year tight end from drawing conclusions about the new man under center. During a press conference, he had this to say,
"“He’s [Burrow] a beast. He’s an absolute beast. He’s an animal out there.”"
The praise didn’t stop there. Uzomah went on to gush about Burrow’s ability to check plays at the line, as well as his vision.
Uzomah’s comments prove Joe Burrow is winning over the locker room
While it’s nice to take Uzomah’s comments at surface level, it’s important to realize what they signal in the bigger scheme of things. A first-year quarterback earning the respect of a seasoned veteran is no small task, but it’s an essential one if the Bengals are going to turn things around quickly. So far, so good on that front.
This development should come as no surprise after witnessing what Burrow was able to do upon transferring to LSU. A kid from Ohio going into the heart of SEC territory to lead the Tigers to a national championship tells you everything you need to know about the Bengals’ new face of the franchise.
The positive reports continue to roll in from training camp. If Uzomah’s opinions are indicative of the rest of the team’s feelings about Burrow, the rookie signal-caller seems to be well on his way to winning over the locker room, if he hasn’t already.