Heading into the Super Bowl, the Bengals have plenty of stars on display against an equally talented Rams squad, but perhaps no star will shine brighter than Ja’Marr Chase.
Chase’s matchup against Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey makes for one of the most tantalizing one-on-one battles on the biggest stage of football. For all the reasons why Ramsey could keep Chase in his pocket all game, Chase may also have a few tricks up his sleeve.
Since getting picked in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Chase has put those Penei Sewell ruminations to bed.
The record books will reveal Chase as one of the franchise’s most prolific rookie receivers, the result of his athleticism, speed, and undeniable chemistry with Joe Burrow.
Cincinnati Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase has set at least five records so far this year
Chase surpassed Justin Jefferson with the most receiving yards by a rookie in regular season history (1,455) and ranks first among all Bengals players for the most receiving yards in franchise history.
He recorded the most receiving yards in a single game by a rookie (266), and that wasn’t against some practice squad secondary, either. He torched the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense in Week 17 and helped guide Cincy to a triumphant AFC North title.
In the postseason, Chase has stayed elite as ever, posting the most receiving yards by a rookie in the playoffs in league history (279) as well as becoming the first rookie to record multiple 100-plus yard receiving games in the playoffs.
Those who quickly wrote him off in preseason now viciously bite their own tongues as Chase could break more records yet in Super Bowl LVI.
His production in Year 2 may tell a wholly different story, but Chase has already made an unbelievable impact on this Bengals team and in the NFL. The young phenom’s got a dazzling future ahead.