OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens rookie linebacker Patrick Queen already had some spirited battles in practice with Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow when they were teammates at LSU.
The two first-round picks will meet as opponents for the first time when Cincinnati visits M&T Bank Stadium in Week 5.
"It was a crazy relationship between us," Queen said about Burrow. "As word got out, some things got heated sometimes. That's just the competitor in both of us. We're still great friends to this day. Joe is a great guy, great competitor, Day 1 when he came in, he went to work against all of us. I'm looking forward to this rematch."
Both Queen and Burrow, who hoisted the college football playoff national championship together last season at LSU, have made immediate impacts with their respective NFL teams.
Queen, the 28th overall pick in the 2020 draft, leads the Ravens with 33 tackles on the season. He had a nose for the ball and is a solid tackler. Queen is also making progress in pass coverage, an area that is especially challenging for young linebackers.
"He read the schemes well," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He made a bunch of tackles for us at the point of attack and also, some rally tackles, too. In coverage, he’s doing well. Man-coverage, he’s got speed. He works on his technique; he’s always working on that. He did pretty well with that, [but he] always can improve."
Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, has managed to throw for 1,121 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions behind a porous offensive line. Burrow has been sacked 15 times, which ranks second in the NFL behind Deshaun Watson.
However, Burrow now stands as the only rookie QB in NFL history to ever throw for 300 yards in three consecutive games. Queen will be looking to end that streak.
"Three hundred passing yard games, three of those in a row – that’s pretty remarkable to say the least,"Harbaugh said. "I don’t think it’s ever been done before. We just have a lot of respect for him. [We’re] just trying to study what they do, how he’s utilized, the weapons that he has. They have a lot of good players on offense, obviously, especially at the skill positions.
"They’re just excellent; they always have been it seems like, and they continue to be. So, we’re studying that. We’re going to try to do the best we can against it.
Queen is looking to end that streak. However, he knows Burrow will present a tough challenge.
"Joe is a phenomenal athlete – a phenomenal person," Queen said. "He came up, [and] his story was very touching, because mine kind of relates to his. So, I respect everything about him; his game, his attitude, his work ethic – everything he does for the game and does for his family, as well.”