One of the biggest stories surrounding Bengals training camp thus far has been the inconsistent play of the offense.
Despite revamping the offensive line and adding top-five NFL Draft pick Ja’Marr Chase at receiver, the offense has been getting manhandled by a defense that allowed the seventh-most yards of any NFL team in 2020.
Part of these struggles have been due to Joe Burrow still working his way back from his torn ACL suffered last November. Though he’s fully recovered, Burrow has clearly been rusty after not getting a normal offseason while rehabbing the knee. Head coach Zac Taylor has said some of the offensive woes have been due in part to installing new plays and working the kinks out.
Burrow believes a big part of it is simply getting back to trusting his body.
“It’s frustrating right now, more so just not feeling like myself,” Burrow said at his Saturday press conference. “I know I put the work in to make my knee feel good, make my body ready for the season. Now it’s just trusting my abilities, trusting my work, trusting everything.”
Burrow believes his struggles are more mental as he gets used to having defenders around him again, which can be remedied by simply getting more live reps in.
“I would say right now it’s a mental thing, getting back to playing football against top-level competition, getting back to being able to feel the people around me as opposed to seeing people around me,” he said. “I’ve always had a great feel for the pocket. It’s just going to some more reps to get that back.”
Check out all of what Burrow had to say below.