Bengals: Joe Burrow gets some love from college teammate Justin Jefferson
Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson went on The Herd with Colin Cowherd earlier this week and praised his former LSU teammate and Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow. He even went so far as to say that Burrow has more swagger than that of his current quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Will Ragatz, the Vikings’ writer for Sports Illustrated, tweeted some of the tidbits from the conversation Jefferson had with Burrow.
It makes sense why Jefferson would say these things about Burrow. The two played together at LSU for two seasons and formed quite the connection on the field. The now Vikings wide receiver totaled 111 receptions for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns and ended up going No. 22 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The reason he was asked about Burrow is that prior to Cousins, that was the last quarterback he was catching passes from so it’s only natural for Cowherd to ask him to compare them.
James Rapien had Jefferson’s quote in his article on the subject on Sports Illustrated,
"“Kirk and Joe throw similar balls,” Jefferson said. “They’re not the strongest arms, but they’re going to get it to you exactly where you need them to throw it. The thing about Joe that’s a little bit different—I feel like Joe has a little bit more swagger. He has that confidence on the field and he’s not scared to get hit. I feel like as a quarterback, that’s a big trait to have, especially to be as young as he is. He’s a phenomenal quarterback.”"
Justin Jefferson heaped praise onto Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
Some people will take these comments and blow them out of proportion because that’s the nature of the industry. Jefferson was asked to compare the two and he did. He wasn’t criticizing Cousins but simply stating that he felt like Burrow is more confident and isn’t scared to take a shot every now and then. He loves that trait in Burrow and sees his former quarterback having a bright future.
Bengals fans love this about Burrow too. He’s young but he’s confident and believes he’s the right guy for the job when it comes to turning the Bengals organization around. He’s aware that this is a team and fan base starving for success and he’s going to do whatever it takes to achieve that.
Nowhere in Jefferson’s comments did he badmouth Cousins or say he wishes Burrow was his quarterback instead. He just had one of the best seasons for a rookie wide receiver ever and did so with Cousins as his quarterback so clearly he’s doing well for himself.
The former LSU wide receiver sees big things for his former quarterback and Bengals fans are definitely hoping that he’s right.