Joe Burrow hailed as 'smartest player out there' after leading Bengals comeback

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Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow again looked the part of a budding young franchise QB in guiding his team to a comeback win after facing a 14-point halftime deficit against the Jaguars on Thursday Night Football in Week 4.

Specifically, the second-year pro out of LSU earned praise for a savvy audible call late in the fourth quarter that helped set the Bengals up for the eventual game-winning field goal as time expired.

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Apparently facing a blitz that left his receivers in man coverage with no safety, Burrow changed from a run play to a seldom-used wide screen pass targeting tight end CJ Uzomah.

Burrow's audible to the scarcely practiced passing play caught Uzomah off guard, but he nonetheless converted the 2nd-and-14 play at midfield into a 25-yard gainer.

After the game, Uzomah had high praise for the man he called "Joey Franchise."

"He is the smartest person out there at all times," the seventh-year pro said of his quarterback.

Head coach Zac Taylor also praised Burrow for the heady change of play, per Pro Football Talk.

“Joe handled it well and calmly, got us in the right check and executed," Taylor said. "That wasn’t the play we called. That was a check from Joe.”

Burrow finished his stellar night with 25-of-32 for 348 yards and two touchdowns.

His strong game on Thursday, and overall start to the season, has the Bengals off to an impressive 3-1 record.

The early returns are especially encouraging after reports during training camp indicated Burrow didn't look fully comfortable in his return from last year's season-ending knee injury.

The Bengals host the Packers in Week 5.

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