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Joe Burrow uses mistakes as fuel to improve

The rookie QB takes each interception as a learning opportunity and makes immediate adjustments.

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Joe Burrow’s camp has been completely on-brand.

The Cincinnati Bengals rookie QB takes whatever struggles he faces and turns them into learning experiences.

After red zone drills during Tuesday’s practice - which included an interception to Carlos Dunlap - he said he was excited about learning what his limitations are:

“I’m excited to see how the defense kinda changed up certain coverages they played, where I could’ve gone with the ball, where I couldn’t have gone with the ball. It’s all about understanding what you’re trying to do on every single play.”

In other words, he wasn’t going to let one bad play frustrate him. Rather, he’s going to use that as even more fuel for his success.

Then, on Thursday, when he was intercepted by Josh Bynes, he approached him after practice to ask about the play, instantly earning respect from the veteran linebacker. Bynes had this to say about his new quarterback:

“You can tell he’s hungry and wants to get better... He’s definitely got, an old term, dog in him... He has that want-to-win-I-want-to-be a-champion-I want to prove each and every day why he’s the No. 1 pick.”

Oh, by the way, it’s not like Burrow struggled overall— he completed 15 of 19 passes during both 11-on-11 periods. It’s just that he wants to be the absolute best and use every single play as a learning opportunity.

None of this comes as a surprise— Burrow sets himself by his dedication to the game. He beats defenses with his anticipation and awareness. We all knew that those skills come from film study. Now we’re seeing how he uses practice and the knowledge of veterans to develop his game as well.