Another day, another NFL defender ranking Cincinnati Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase as a top-five wideout in 2022. What’s new?
Chase blazed a historic trail in 2021, breaking numerous franchise and league records as a rookie, and has leapt into relevance as one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL. Several of his victims have since paid their respects to Chase including former Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu, and now Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs has similarly raised Chase to an untouchable pedestal.
Diggs recently ranked his top five wideouts in the league and has Chase at fourth overall.
Of course, he had Stefon Diggs as No. 1 in his rankings and also included Cowboys’ Ceedee Lamb; Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson, and Mike Evans were all noticeably missing from the list.
Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase is widely regarded as an elite receiver by his NFL peers
Trevon Diggs hasn’t yet faced Chase in the league, but the Bengals will play the Cowboys in mid-September.
Chase and a high-octane Bengals passing offense will square off against Diggs and a star-studded Cowboys secondary for what promises to be a must-watch early season game. Fun fact: the Bengals have as many playoff wins in 2022 as the Cowboys have had since 2000 (three).
Cincy’s stock is only rising after Joe Burrow led his team to a historic Super Bowl appearance last season while Dallas is looking to make a deep postseason run after that painful loss to the 49ers in 2021.
Both teams carry quite a bit of offensive and defensive firepower, and there’s a mutual feeling of respect between the two sides; Diggs clearly already considers Chase as one of the best pass-catchers in the league, and Diggs’ own resume speaks for itself.
Keep an eye on the Chase-Diggs wide receiver-cornerback matchup early in the season, and make sure to bring popcorn.