6 young players who give the Cincinnati Bengals hope

Leigh Oleszczak
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) - Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) - Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports /
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Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals
Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Ja’Marr Chase, WR (21)

A lock to make this list, Ja’Marr Chase has proven once and for all that he was worthy of the fifth overall pick despite the Bengals getting criticized for not taking Penei Sewell. Chase immediately made the Cincinnati offense better and currently has 835 yards and seven touchdowns through nine games.

Chase all but locked up the Offensive Rookie of the Year award after the first seven games of the season and while he’s had some down games recently, he’s going to be a big part of the Bengals offense for years to come.

It’s clear that Burrow depends on Chase in the passing game and he’s always looking his way whenever he drops back to pass. This is why the Bengals felt confident taking Chase fifth overall, to reunite him with his college quarterback. Considering Chase is less than 200 yards away from 1,000 yards receiving, it’s worked out for the Bengals.

This is only year one of what’s looking to be a promising career for Chase and he won’t turn 22 years old until March. He should go on to have a massive NFL career and hopefully, most of it (if not all of it) is spent in the Queen City.

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I wanted to include more defensive players but despite somewhat of a defensive resurgence (depends on the week), those players are over the age of 25. Logan Wilson turns 26 next summer but for now, he was eligible to make the cut here.

These six players, however, should make fans feel good about the direction of the Cincinnati Bengals.

What do you think, Bengals fans? Who gives you hope for the future?