The rookie wideout was every bit as optimistic as before about this Bengals team in 2021, especially when it came to his connection with star quarterback Joe Burrow.
Chase told reporters on Wednesday that he believes he and Burrow can become just as legendary as another quarterback-wide receiver duo in the league.
Aside from the fact that Chase referred to Aaron Rodgers as “Mr. A-Rod,” Chase is paying just the right amount of respect to the Green Bay Packers stars.
According to StatMuse, Davante Adams had 557 catches for 6,823 yards and scored 61 touchdowns in 100 games with Aaron Rodgers in his career.
Cincinnati Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase knows he and Burrow will achieve greatness
Using Next Gen Stats, Burrow and Chase combined have 35 catches for 754 yards and six touchdowns in seven games, which admittedly is a much, much smaller sample size than the other duo.
But this is also just Burrow and Chase’s first year playing together, and they’re already averaging 21.5 yards per reception (compared to Mr. A-Rod and Adams’ 12.2 yards per reception.)
Even if the Bengals duo’s numbers aren’t sustainable for, say, the next five seasons, Burrow and Chase can still claim they’re one of the most elite QB-receiver combos right now.
Chase floundered in Week 8’s game against the Jets, catching just three passes on eight targets and recording one short-yardage score. He had some bad spoofs in the end zone that could have changed the tide of the game, but regardless, he’s right up there with Los Angeles Rams’ Cooper Kupp as the biggest yardage haulers in the league.
Plus, Adams and Mr. A-Rod (we’re using that name ironically now) don’t have the added chemistry of playing college football together. Chase and Burrow’s link goes way back to their LSU days, and with that rock-solid foundation, their chemistry will only get stronger over time.
Recent news of Green Bay’s COVID-19 issues means the league may not see both A-Rod and his sidekick suit up for Week 9, and possibly more games after that.
Reaching the Packers duo’s level of consistency will take time and patience, but what the Bengals have in their young offensive stars is undeniably special. Change the channel because it’s the Chase and Burrow show in 2021.