Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer sees the new No. 9 playing in town and can’t help but be happy to see what’s happening.
Palmer, in an interview with Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, says Burrow looks way ahead of most rookies.
“I hope he does and I think he will,” Palmer said. “He’s playing at a much higher level than I can remember a rookie playing.
And Palmer also addressed a bit of an elephant in the room by lofting out some praise for the fans in Cincinnati, hinting he thinks Burrow is the sort of guy to make special things happen for the city.
“I hope he can do what I didn’t do,” Palmer said. “I love the fans in Cincy. I want them to see their dreams and get what they want. They’re as loyal as any fans in the country.”
As if all of that weren’t good enough, Palmer also took something of a funny shot at Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns:
“The Browns are still the Browns. Maybe it’s early in the season, but I trust my eyes. You don’t know what you’ve got in Baker (Mayfield), but you know what you’ve got in Joe. The issue is Baltimore. They can still get in the playoffs next year in the Wild Card if you’re the Bengals.”
Big praise for Burrow (but not so much for Mayfield) from a guy who knows a thing or two about quarterbacking — and the Bengals.
While Palmer hasn’t always won fans over with past comments about the organization, it’s hard to take issue with some of the things he’s had to say about Burrow since.