New Bengals TE Hayden Hurst says Joe Burrow is the real deal

Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals might have lost one tight end who loved Joe Burrow when C.J. Uzomah joined the Jets this offseason but they have another one now on the roster in the form of Hayden Hurst.

When speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Hurst had nothing but nice things to say about his new quarterback. The biggest quote of the day, however, came when he said “He’s the real deal.” referring to Burrow.

It’s not hard to see why Hurst would feel this way. Just look at what Burrow did in only his second year as a pro quarterback. He took a losing franchise all the way to the Super Bowl and did it with the confidence and swagger that NFL fans love.

Hurst joined the team this offseason after spending two years in Atlanta. He was a former first-round pick by the Ravens but after two years there, ended up with the Falcons where he put together his best pro season in 2020.

With Uzomah out and Hurst in, Burrow has a new tight end to throw to and Hurst is ready to help his quarterback succeed in any way that he can.

Hurst noted when talking to reporters that he told Burrow he’ll do whatever the reigning Comeback Player of the Year needs from him and also mentioned that Burrow has been a big help for him since he joined the stripes.

Hayden Hurst is a massive Joe Burrow fan

Of course, no one is surprised to hear any member of the Bengals say something like this but Hurst is a newcomer to this team and he’s clearly impressed by the young quarterback. He’s played with Lamar Jackson and Matt Ryan during his pro career so it’s not as though he’s been playing with slouches in his four-year NFL tenure yet here he is, knowing that Burrow is a special player.

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Fans were bummed to see Uzomah go but Hurst is the perfect replacement for him and he should be a key piece in this offense when the 2022 season gets underway in September.