Brian Burns ready to add to his game and sack totals


Burns has spoken in the past about the difficulty of constant attention, double teams, chips, extra blockers he has to deal with. But for Rhule, that’s what elite players get. So if Burns wants to be one, he better be ready.

“He’s got the ability, he’s going to get a lot of attention,” Rhule said. “But that’s what great players do. They still produce.”

Burns hopes his 2022 will be even more productive, thanks to some of the lessons he’s learned and the touch he’s added to his phone this offseason.

In the Pro Bowl, he spent time with Cardinals veteran Chandler Jones, who became one of the league’s most dangerous and consistent players in his position. Jones has 107.5 sacks in 10 seasons and has hit double digits seven times in the past nine years. Jones was injured the other two years.

So Burns hooked up with him, got his number, categorized the lessons, and started making a list of questions to ask.

Like the similarly built Jones, the length to disrupt passers and the speed is clearly there with Burns. Turning it into something more is the next goal. That’s why he focuses on the small points of the game, his footwork and his first step, all the lessons he can learn from a player with Jones’ record.

“Honestly, I think I’m not even there yet from a technician’s perspective. I’m a long way from that,” Burns said. “A lot of things I’ve done are down to godlike abilities, but there’s a lot I can work on when it comes to my technique.

“I feel like there’s so much more, so much more that I can go with Chan in my back pocket now. Being able to talk to him or hit him about certain things, I think I can bring my game to another level from a technical point of view.”

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