4 projected starters Bengals fans should be worried about vs. Vikings
3. Ja’Marr Chase
This might seem like a stretch considering the damage he did at LSU in 2019 but Ja’Marr Chase has not had a good rookie season. He dropped four of five passes that came his way and looked visibly frustrated during the loss to Washington in the second game of the preseason.
The selection of Chase was a controversial one, as the Bengals had a strong need on the offensive line and Penei Sewell was there for the taking (though the start to his career is not going well either). When push came to shove though, Cincinnati opted to give Joe Burrow his favorite weapon from his LSU days rather than give him more protection up front.
While Chase’s poor performance this preseason is a concern and has Bengals fans understandably nervous, he should bounce back and be a factor in this offense. If he doesn’t, the Bengals still have Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins to carry the load.
Still, until Chase shows he can catch the ball and make an impact on the field, it’s only natural for fans to worry about him and what he can do for this team moving forward.