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NFL sends clear message with Week 1 taunting fines

Roger Goodell at a press conference

Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces the final pick of the 2021 NFL Draft for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Anyone hoping to see the NFL relax a bit on its enforcement of taunting will be disappointed by the list of fines issued for Week 1.

Stefon Diggs, Ja’Marr Chase, and Jamal Adams were among the players hit with taunting fines for their actions in Week 1. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the league handed out upwards of $54,000 in fines to five players for taunting violations.

Chase was actually fined twice, one for pretty obvious reasons. Diggs was hit with a fine for his response to Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey after he beat Ramsey for a touchdown.

The league made it clear that the taunting emphasis was not going away after some controversies in 2021. This set of fines demonstrates that pretty clearly, for better or worse.

Ja’Marr Chase disses Trevon Diggs ahead of matchup against Cowboys

Ja'Marr Chase waves after a catch

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) waives after converting a third down during the game winning final Cincinnati Bengals drive in the fourth quarter of the NFL game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Bengals defeated Kansas City Chiefs 34-31. Photo Credit: Albert Cesare / The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

Ja’Marr Chase appears to hate the very existence of opposing DBs.

The Cincinnati Bengals wide reciever Chase spoke this week on his Week 2 matchup against cornerback Trevon Diggs and the Dallas Cowboys. While Chase did compliment Diggs’ physical skills, it was a bit backhanded as he also got in a swipe at Diggs over Diggs’ supposed lack of technical ability.

“He’s got great ball skills in the air,” said Chase of Diggs, per Bengals host Mike Petraglia. “He’s super fast. He’s not too much on technique-sound, though. You know what I’m saying? He’s a little hit or miss.”

Diggs, who was a First Team All-Pro last year, does have a tremendous nose for the football. He had a league-leading 11 interceptions in 2021, a number that had not been achieved by any NFL defender since Everson Walls did it (also for the Cowboys) back in 1981. But at the same time, Diggs often takes bad angles in coverage, which leads to him getting roasted by opposing receivers far more often than truly elite all-around cornerbacks do.

The dynamic Chase will probably draw Diggs one-on-one fairly often during Sunday’s game against Dallas. If these comments are any indication, Chase is taking the matchup just as personally as he took last week’s matchup.

Photo of Ja’Marr Chase and Minkah Fitzpatrick goes viral

Ja'Marr Chase waves after a catch

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) waives after converting a third down during the game winning final Cincinnati Bengals drive in the fourth quarter of the NFL game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Bengals defeated Kansas City Chiefs 34-31. Photo Credit: Albert Cesare / The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

There is some beef between the Bengals and Steelers, and that was captured in a great photograph over the weekend.

Cincinnati-based photographer Emilee Chinn captured a photo on Sunday of Ja’Marr Chase flipping Minkah Fitzpatrick the double bird during the Steelers’ 23-20 overtime win over the Bengals.

There was no love between the players, that was clear.

Chase was asked about the photo Wednesday and was complimentary.

“Pretty cool picture,” Chase said of the photo.

It’s unclear when that photo took place, but the two players were battling throughout the game. Chase had 10 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown catch to tie the game at the end of regulation. But Fitzpatrick blocked Cincinnati’s extra point attempt to send the game to overtime. Fitzpatrick had 14 tackles and the blocked extra point, so he effectively matched Chase’s performance. Plus, his team got the win.

Don’t be surprised if you hear about Chase being fined by the NFL over his gesture.

Tom Brady has great response to Ja’Marr Chase about ‘Madden’ snub

Tom Brady after a game

Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after defeating the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

NFL training camp is on the horizon, and that means player ratings are beginning to trickle out for the upcoming “Madden NFL 23” video game. The annual game is a big deal for some players, who put some real stock into how the developers rate their skills.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase is one such player. Chase was not pleased to be left off the game’s list of the top ten receivers. He tweeted that he was using the snub as “extra motivation.”

Chase got some solid reassurance from a great source in the form of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. Brady responded to Chase by noting that he had been left out of the game completely in his second NFL season.

Brady is actually correct. He is not on the Patriots’ roster in Madden 2002, according to Madden Ratings, a website that chronicles the rosters and ratings from various iterations of the game. Damon Huard and Michael Bishop are in as Drew Bledsoe’s two backups instead.

Of course Brady would remember this, even though it was a minor thing that happened over 20 years ago.

Chase has a point here, though. He finished fourth in the NFL in receiving yards and third in touchdown receptions, and he did it as a rookie. Amari Cooper has never had a season that successful statistically and he is ranked higher. That one just doesn’t really check out.

In complaining about his rating, Chase is keeping some good company. If he keeps putting up the numbers, he should have no problem rocketing up the list fairly quickly.

Bengals WR shares great tweet about Ja’Marr Chase

Ja'Marr Chase waves after a catch

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) waives after converting a third down during the game winning final Cincinnati Bengals drive in the fourth quarter of the NFL game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Mandatory Credit: Albert Cesare/The Enquirer

Ja’Marr Chase established himself as one of the most explosive wide receivers in the NFL during his rookie season last year, but the fifth overall pick may not have even been the best player on his team at the position. Just ask Trent Taylor.

Sure, Taylor caught just two passes in four games last season. But like Chase, the former Louisiana Tech star once led the NCAA in receiving yards. He did so with 1,803 yards back in 2016. Chase had 1,780 in 2019. Taylor sent a very sarcastic tweet on Wednesday implying that the college stat proves he is a better player than Chase.

The man makes a very strong case.

Chase made some eye-popping catches in the biggest moments last season, but did he have over 300 catches and over 4,000 yards receiving during his college career? No, he did not. Taylor will always have that on him.

New video reveals Ja’Marr Chase reaction after Bengals’ final play of Super Bowl

Ja'Marr Chase reacion

Cincinnati Bengals fans may have a tough time reliving the final play of Super Bowl LVI. By the looks of it, Ja’Marr Chase will, too.

Chase managed to get himself open against Jalen Ramsey on the Bengals’ final play of the game. Had Joe Burrow been able to find him, Chase would have been in line for a huge gain, if not a touchdown. However, pressure from Aaron Donald ensured Burrow had no time to make the read or the throw.

Chase definitely knew what position he was in. New video shows that the wide receiver was so frustrated at the missed opportunity that he took off his helmet and slammed it to the turf.

No, there’s no reason to think Chase was blaming Burrow for missing him. There is not much the quarterback could have done. The missed opportunity was simply very painful.

The fact that Burrow was playing through a pretty painful injury could not have helped, either.

Look: Ja’Marr Chase was wide open on Bengals’ final play of Super Bowl

JaMarr Chase was wide open in the Super Bowl

The Cincinnati Bengals were unable to make the play they needed late in their Super Bowl loss to the Los Angeles Rams, but the outcome of the game may have been completely different if Joe Burrow had an extra second to throw on the final play.

The Bengals turned the ball over on downs with less than a minute remaining when Burrow was unable to complete a short pass to Semaje Perine. Burrow, who was sacked seven times in the game, had to rush the throw. If Cincinnati’s offensive line were able to protect Burrow, he may have seen that Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey fell down and Ja’Marr Chase was running free down the sideline.

Ouch.

It’s no surprise that Burrow had to rush the throw. The Bengals will have to address their offensive line issues in the coming months, as their star quarterback was sacked 19 times during the postseason. It’s tough to win games when your QB is getting hit that much.

Of course, playcalling was also a major issue on the Bengals’ final drive. Head coach Zac Taylor faced a great deal of criticism for one particular call toward the end of the game.

Ja’Marr Chase sends 1-word tweet after Bengals’ Super Bowl defeat

JaMarr Chase waves to the crowd

Ja’Marr Chase let his disappointment show after the Cincinnati Bengals came up short in the Super Bowl this year.

The Bengals receiver reacted on Twitter to his team’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI. Chase posted a tweet that simply read, “damn.”

While the defeat was a gut-wrenching one for the Bengals, it was certainly through no fault of the rookie Chase. He finished with five receptions for 89 yards, including a big 46-yard catch to help get the Cincinnati offense going in the first quarter.

At 21 years old with a 25-year-old quarterback in Joe Burrow throwing him the ball, Chase has a very bright future ahead of him. Not many people can say they starred as a rookie for a team that made it all the way to the Super Bowl. While the Bengals are definitely getting hit with the jokes right now, they should be a formidable team in the AFC for many years to come.

Photo: Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) waves after converting a third down during the game winning final Cincinnati Bengals drive in the fourth quarter of the NFL game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Bengals defeated Kansas City Chiefs 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Albert Cesare / The Enquirer

Video: Ja’Marr Chase made incredible one-handed catch on Jalen Ramsey

Ja’Marr Chase brought his big play ability to the Super Bowl when the Cincinnati Bengals needed it most.

The Bengals struggled on offense throughout the first quarter, but Chase helped turn things around late in the period with a huge 46-yard reception. Chase reeled in a one-handed catch, beating top Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey in the process.

The slow-motion replay shows just how difficult the catch was.

Joe Burrow has joked in the past that when things are tough, he just heaves it up to Chase. That strategy paid off here.

The Bengals couldn’t get anything else going on the drive, but the big catch did ensure that Cincinnati got on the board with a field goal to cut the Rams’ lead to 7-3.

The story of how Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow became neighbors is incredible

JaMarr Chase waves to the crowd

Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow are already one of the best quarterback-wide receiver duos in the NFL. The two also played in college together at LSU and happen to be best friends. They’re neighbors, too, and the story of how that came to be is one that should be told more often.

During an episode of “Hear that Podcast Growlin'” this week, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic shared the awesome story of how Chase bought a house on the same street where Burrow lives in the Cincinnati area. After the Bengals drafted Chase fifth overall last year, the 21-year-old decided to go to Burrow’s street and start knocking on doors offering to buy houses that were not listed for sale. Eventually, he found someone who was willing to sell.

“He was looking for a place to live. He of course said, ‘Well, I want to live next to Joe Burrow.’ So what did he do? He went down to the street that Joe Burrow lives on and went door to door, knocking on every door offering to buy their house,” Dehner said. “What else do you do if you’re rich and want to live next to your buddy? You just go to people’s houses that live in the neighborhood and offer to buy them. And guess what? He bought one! Somebody sold him their house, so he lives next to Joe Burrow now on their little street and they’re like one happy family.

“He basically went around and was like, ‘Hi, I’m Ja’Marr Chase. I have lots of money and I want to buy the house.’ Eventually he found somebody that he bought it from, and now they’re neighbors.”

That’s amazing. We’d love to know how much over market value Chase had to offer. Considering he has a $30 million contract that is fully guaranteed, we’re guessing the seller was very happy with the transaction.

Chase seemed like an obvious pick for the Bengals last year due to his history with Burrow. The two players’ dads are even close, as evidenced by the awesome photo they took together during the playoffs. If chemistry is important, the Bengals could not ask for a better situation.

Photo: Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) waives after converting a third down during the game winning final Cincinnati Bengals drive in the fourth quarter of the NFL game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati