Rookies are expected to report to NFL training camps starting this week, and that includes first-overall pick and Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
A couple more Bengals spoke about Burrow in this last week before the NFL tries to go business as usual during a pandemic. Trey Hopkins appeared on the Bengals Booth Podcast and shared his impressions on Burrow during the virtual offseason.
“Very impressive,” Hopkins said. “He has a great grasp of the offense in just a very, very short time... He was the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, you don’t really skate by. There’s a lot of excitement in the locker room just to see what he’s got and see how it translates to the NFL. I’m encouraged by what I’ve seen thus far in the Zoom meetings.”
Hopkins has been in Cincinnati longer than any offensive lineman on the team, starting or otherwise. He was here for the majority of Andy Dalton’s tenure under center and has grown into a leader in the locker room. His praise isn’t something to ignore.
While Hopkins has been around the Bengals since 2014, D.J. Reader hasn’t even moved to Cincinnati yet after agreeing to the biggest contract for a nose tackle in free agency this March. But Reader did see what Burrow was capable of when LSU defeated Clemson, Reader’s college team, in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Reader recently made an appearance on Good Morning Football and took an appreciation to Burrow’s character.
“What I like about him most is, especially on social media, is that he stands his ground for what he believes in,” Reader said. “He cares about a lot people, you can ask about what he’s doing and he cares... from what I’ve seen so far he carries himself the right way, so I’m excited to get down there and see him grow, be a part of his growth and hopefully I can put some pressure on him and make him a little bit better.”
You can watch the full interview with Reader here:
.@Bengals DT @Djread98 joined #GMFB to talk about why Cincinnati was the right choice in free agency, QB @JoeyB, Von Miller's Pass Rush Summit, and his BBQ nickname.— GMFB (@gmfb) July 15, 2020
"What I like about him most is that he stands his ground for what he believes in." pic.twitter.com/7md02DA9E8
The Burrow hype has been non-stop, and we’re only days away from seeing the hype begin to translate onto the field for the very first time.