Cincinnati Bengals roster: 3 Reasonable expectations for Ja’Marr Chase

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Ja'Marr Chase (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals
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Expect a 1000-yard season for the Cincinnati Bengals rookie.

You’ve seen how good Justin Jefferson is right? Now, imagine this for a second. Once upon a time in a land not too far away (the 2019 college football season), Burrow, Justin Jefferson, and Ja’Marr Chase were all teammates.

Yeah! We know right?

Jefferson was actually the second option in that LSU juggernaut of an offense. He hauled in 111 receptions for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns during the Bayou Bengals’ run to glory. Chase, believe it or not, was just slightly better in terms of yards receiving and touchdown catches (1780 and 20 respectively), and he did so with fewer receptions.

Justin Jefferson’s rookie season in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings produced 88 receptions for 1,400 yards and seven scores. Expect a similar stat line for Chase. How about those 75 receptions we stated and a 15 yards-per-reception average? That will earn him 1,125 receiving yards. Just for kicks, let’s say he gets in the end zone eight times. That’s a touchdown every other game for the most part.

Can he do it? Here’s a better question if you’ve asked yourself that. Is there a reason to believe that he won’t?