Bengals: 3 key observations on Joe Burrow from Week 1 victory

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
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Joe Burrow did not try to force the ball, which was encouraging that he made smart plays and reads in his return.

There is a tendency when players get excited, to try and force the ball or throw with so much power that the ball ends up sailing. This is common with young quarterbacks, especially rookies, and players coming back from injury who are a little nervous and excited.

Burrow has not completed a full season’s worth of games yet and he was coming back from a major injury. The nerves were there, but an encouraging sign for Burrow was that he was able to control them really well.

Burrow made smart throws and was, for the most part, on time and on target. This bodes well as the quarterback continues to get more game reps with his starting unit and they can continue building chemistry.

Things started off a little slow as Burrow worked back into the game, but once he got going he never looked back. Throwing for two touchdowns and no interceptions is a perfect way to jump back in with the team. Burrow will only continue to climb as he becomes more comfortable with what he is able to do on his leg and trusts his body more.