Cincinnati Bengals OC Brian Callahan says Joe Borough hasn’t had rust during his first healthy spring camp

As crazy as it sounds, this spring is a first for the Joe Boroughs in the NFL. His rookie season had COVID-19 as social distancing separated him from meaningful actors, then he was still recovering from a ruptured ACL in his second season that ended with a trip to Super Bowl LVI. As if there was any doubt, Burrow looks just as good as usual, according to OC Brian Callahan.

“Same old man,” said the Bengals attack coordinator this week. “He’s doing fine. He’s healthy, and that’s a big step. Finally, we’ve got the weekend off together. He looks normal, no lingering effects.

“For him the rest of it has been a big problem as well, maybe he doesn’t mess with his movement and things that much and I think that will pay off. He has done a really great job of getting rid of this season in a short amount of money he’s had and working on things he wants to improve schematically.”

Last season, Burrow threw 34 touchdowns to 14 interceptions, while rising 4,611 yards with a 70.4% completion rate. His magical season came after tearing up the AFC Champions League as a rookie. He threw 13 touchdowns to five interceptions before a season-ending injury in his first NFL season. Since the season ended, Burrow hasn’t had much time to make drastic improvements to his game. But running towards becoming a Super Bowl champion may have shown that not much is needed.

Callahan said of Borough’s mechanics, “But I don’t know if there’s been some overhaul…just fine-tune his driveline for attack and relief. Now he’s rolling.”

Heading into the season, Burrow will have a goal back – not only because he’s one of the league’s most recognizable players – but because he’s called up AFC North’s rival Baltimore Ravens this season, which could add fuel to the fire. While a guest on the Full Send Podcast, Burrow noted that the results against the Ravens last season were “much to little,” and explained why he was looking forward to the match.

“I like playing crows because they talk. I like that,” Boro . said. “I don’t start talking, but if someone hoards me I can talk a little.”

Much to little was a harsh, but accurate, description of how the Bengals managed to make their way with Baltimore. In the first meeting, Burrow went on 23 of 38, while throwing for 416 yards, three touchdowns and interceptions at 41-17 lane. When the two faced off again, Burrow again set the Ravens on fire and threw for 525 yards and four goals, eventually winning 41-21.

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After graduating from Athens High School in The Plains (Ohio), Burrow was ranked as a potential four-star and No. 8 double-threat man in the 2015 class, according to industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings. His final season at LSU was one of the best ever for quarterbacks, throwing 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns to lead LSU to the National Championship.

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