Bengals who need to show something – No. 3: Ja’Marr Chase
When the Bengals drafted Ja’Marr Chase in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the hope was that he would have an outstanding rookie season. Visions of being considered for Offensive Rookie of the Year were held among many fans, with even the most tepid predictions seeming to think Chase would be able to elevate the entire offense. Reports coming out of camp so far tell a different story.
If Chase is struggling to create separation and establish himself as a top wide receiver, this would be very concerning for Cincinnati. While we probably won’t see more than a series or two from Chase, he is a player that needs to take a step forward in this game. When he is running routes against the top corners on the Washington Football Team, I will be very interested in the kind of separation he creates.
Against the Buccaneers, Chase had one catch, which went for 16 yards. Focusing less on the stat line but more on how he is able to get open is going to be important for the coaching staff. Chase won’t have a lot of time to demonstrate this skill, but he needs to take advantage of the time he does get.