Ranking every active 2021 Bengals rookie through Week 12

Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals
Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

1. Ja’Marr Chase

Well, duh. This shouldn’t come as a surprise whatsoever, as Ja’Marr Chase has been an absolute stud for the Cincinnati Bengals. It hasn’t been the easiest path for Chase to get here, however.

When the Bengals went with Chase, there was a lot of criticism thrown their way. It wasn’t a knock on Chase but rather an argument of how Cincy should have gone with Penei Sewell with the fifth overall pick instead. I don’t think we need to dive into how laughable that argument is now.

Chase had his fair share of problems during the preseason but those are long in the past now. His production has slowed down a bit but through 11 games, the first-round pick has racked up 50 receptions for 906 yards and eight touchdowns.

As mentioned, Chase hasn’t been as electrifying in recent weeks, but that was to be expected. Teams were going to start double-teaming him and while that’s not great news for Chase, it’s great for the other weapons in Cincinnati who have been able to shine. Chase is still a top-notch teammate though and he’s proven that with his run-blocking skills.

As good as McPherson has been, there’s absolutely no discussion to be had about who the best Bengals rookie has been this year. While Chase might not be leading the Offensive Rookie of the Year race anymore, he’s been incredible and a lot of fun to watch. He’s the best Bengals rookie this year.

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How would you rank the active rookies through 12 weeks?