"He's got great instincts. I understand he's very, very smart," said Bengals aide Jim Haslett, per the team's official website. "He's very powerful. He's one of the best tacklers I've seen in a long time. Just watching tape and not having met him yet, he's one of the top linebackers in the National Football League."
"The stuff off the field, I think that comes with age. He'll grow out of some of those things," Haslett said of Burfict. "... I know things get blown up. From what I've seen on the field, he's dynamic and I really like him. He's smart, instinctive and a heck of a player. I hope I can do whatever I can to help him out and make him better."
Burfict won't be available until Week 4, but it's crystal clear that Haslett and the Bengals value their hard-hitting defender. Talented players get plenty of rope, meaning Burfict will remain in Cincy as a defensive centerpiece deep into the future.