Ja’Marr Chase has already established himself as one of the best wide receivers in football, but the Cincinnati Bengals star has not let the success get to his head. His position coach doesn’t think he ever will, either.
Bengals wide receivers coach Troy Walters spoke with reporters ahead of the Super Bowl about Chase’s maturity. He said the 21-year-old is rare in that “success really doesn’t change him.”
“He doesn’t get too high, doesn’t get too low. If he messes up, he’s hard on himself. … He wants to correct it,” Walters said, via the Bengals official website. “I don’t ever see him getting that big head, becoming a diva. I’m going to stay on him. I let those guys know, even after his 200-yard performance, I let them know the next day that was the past. It’s all about what have you done for me lately. He gets it and he puts the work in.”
Walters mentioned how Chase struggled with drops during the preseason. That led to some premature questions about whether he would be able to successfully make the transition from college to the NFL. The former LSU star had a very clear message for his detractors then.
Chase had 81 catches for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in his rookie season. If he and Joe Burrow stay healthy, they should be one of the best quarterback-wide receiver duos in football for years to come. A big challenge for both will be staying hungry even after having so much success so early. Walters doesn’t think that will be a problem for Chase.
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
Ja’Marr Chase has already established himself as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, and the Cincinnati Bengals star says Dez Bryant deserves some of the credit for that.
Chase was asked on Monday if he had any influences that he tried to model his game after when he was younger. The first player he mentioned was Bryant.
Bryant appreciated the shoutout.
Chase said he also watched highlights of Stefon Diggs and teammate Tyler Boyd when he got to high school. That’s a great reminder of how young Chase is. Diggs is 28 and Boyd is 27. Both are still in their primes, but the 21-year-old Chase was a high schooler admiring their skills not all that long ago.
You can’t blame Chase for trying to model his game after Bryant’s. The former Dallas Cowboys star may be known more now for his Twitter beefs, but he was one of the most dominant players at his position during his prime. Chase has the potential to be even better.
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Joe Burrow might take after his father when it comes to celebrating, or perhaps it is the other way around.
Burrow has become known for celebrating by smoking a cigar after big wins. On Sunday, after the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Kansas City Chiefs, Burrow’s dad Jimmy joined in. Making it even better is the fact that he did so with Jimmy Chase, the father of Ja’Marr Chase, in a photo posted to LSU football’s Twitter account.
Ja’Marr Chase has become Joe Burrow’s favorite target this season, and Burrow has totally embraced that. Clearly, the good feelings translate to their dads as well, and why wouldn’t they? Their sons are stars, and they’re two of the biggest reasons the Bengals are heading to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1989.
On the other hand, maybe Burrow’s dad is still just really happy to have his basement back.
Photo: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The Bengals beat the Steelers 41-10. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK
Cincinnati Bengals star Ja’Marr Chase needed just one NFL season to establish himself as one of the best wide receivers in the game. Those who watched him in college may not have been shocked, but Les Miles certainly cannot say he saw it coming.
Chase was asked about his sources of motivation while speaking with the media on Wednesday. He said Les Miles is one of them. Why? Because when Chase was coming out of high school, Miles apparently told him he would not make it as a wide receiver at the next level. The coach felt Miles would be better off as a cornerback.
Needless to say, that assessment was a bit off. Chase exploded in his sophomore season at LSU in 2019. He caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and a whopping 20 touchdowns, which was an SEC record until Alabama’s DeVonta Smith broke it the following year. Chase and Joe Burrow helped lead LSU to a national title. Chase set a College Football Playoff championship game record with 221 receiving yards in LSU’s win over Clemson.
It’s worth noting that Chase said he worked even harder after he spoke with Miles, so Miles may have helped Chase’s career.
Some people doubted Chase’s abilities when he struggled with drops during the preseason, but that now seems like a lifetime ago. The 21-year-old caught 81 passes for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in his rookie season. He also had over 100 yards in each of Cincinnati’s two playoff wins.
Miles, who coached at LSU from 2005-2016, was not with the school when Chase arrived in 2018. Tigers fans should be thankful for that. Miles will probably hear about his Chase assessment for the rest of his life. We all saw what happened when a former NFL executive doubted Lamar Jackson’s ability to play quarterback.
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Ja’Marr Chase should probably start wearing one of those LaVar Ball “I Told You So” hats.
An old video of the Cincinnati Bengals receiver went viral this week amid Chase’s historic rookie season for the team. The video, shared by the official NFL Twitter page, was from Chase’s interview with reporters at the 2021 NFL Draft after he had been selected by the Bengals.
“I’m gonna break every record they got at the Bengals,” he said at the time. “That’s my goal right there. I’m telling you right now. I’m gonna break every record they have. I don’t know how I’m gonna do it, but it’s gonna get done.”
The NFL’s tweet noted that Chase then went on to break the Bengals’ franchise records for most receiving yards in a game (266), most receiving yards in a season (1,455), and most receiving touchdowns by a rookie (13).
That elite production is just part of what the 21-year-old Chase has done for Cincinnati this season. He appeared in all 17 regular season contests for the team and provided some of the best viral moments of the year. While he did struggle a bit with drops to start the season, Chase is now peaking at just the right time and will look to keep it going when the Bengals face the Las Vegas Raiders in the Wild Card round on Saturday.
Chase obviously has a lot of work to do to surpass Chad Johnson, who is the Bengals’ all-time leader in receptions (751), receiving yards (10,783), as well as receiving touchdowns (66). But with how hard Chase went after some of the records that he already did break, you can bet that catching Johnson is definitely on Chase’s long-term radar.
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During a 34-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase tallied an impressive 266 yards receiving. That was good enough to set the NFL’s all-time rookie record for receiving yards in a single game.
Furthermore, those 266 yards gave Chase 1,429 receiving yards on the season. That, too, is an all-time rookie record.
But the record is a little extra sweet for Chase. Not only did it wipe out any memory of his preseason struggles, it also surpassed his former college teammate and close friend, Justin Jefferson, who had previously held the rookie record with 1,400 yards.
“It meant a lot,” Chase said during an appearance on The Herd. “It was a goal of mine. I had written it down and stuck it on my mirror … in college. It’s been with me ever since. Now, I get to go back and call Justin and rub it in his face a little bit.”
It’s all in good fun, though.
“That’s my guy. This is something we always talked about. It’s just a blessing to have the opportunity to be in this position,” Chase added.
Chase may have broken Jefferson’s all-time rookie record but the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver still has one up on his former LSU teammate. With one game remaining, Jefferson has 1,509 yards to Chase’s 1,429 yards.
Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Charvarius Ward’s decision to celebrate in front of Ja’Marr Chase was a shortsighted one.
Ward’s Chiefs were leading the Cincinnati Bengals 21-7 in the second quarter on Sunday. After breaking up a first down pass intended for Chase, Ward celebrated by doing Chase’s “griddy” dance. The celebration looked silly though when Chase caught a touchdown on Ward just a few plays later.
Chase finished with 11 catches for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns in the game, while his Bengals won 34-31.
Ward looks terrible after the fact for his celebrations given how big of a game Chase had. But the fourth-year cornerback told former Bengals lineman Willie Anderson over Twitter that he wasn’t going to stop dancing.
Confidence in a football player is necessary. Poorly-timed celebrations, though, are a different thing.
Joe Burrow was in a joking mood Sunday after the Cincinnati Bengals clinched the AFC North in dramatic fashion.
The Bengals pulled out a 34-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, keyed in part by Burrow’s connection with wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. On 3rd and 27 with under four minutes to go, an under-pressure Burrow heaved one up to Chase, who made the grab and turned it into a 30-yard reception.
Burrow was asked about the play after the game, and referenced a meme about Chase being open somewhere.
The joke is Burrow’s affinity for Chase, and the receiver’s skill in making huge catches. Burrow’s clearly embracing it. It showed, too, as Chase made 11 catches for 266 yards and three touchdowns in a monster performance.
Not that long ago, people were concerned about Chase’s drops and ability to transition to the NFL. Those concerns are long gone now.
Cincinnati Bengals rookie Ja’Marr Chase made yet another explosive play during Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and Tony Romo was ready with the perfect call.
Chase caught a short pass from Joe Burrow in the first quarter and turned on the jets. He cut toward the middle of the field and found some space, at which point Kansas City defenders had no chance of running him down. Romo exclaimed “Chase is on the case!” after the star receiver scampered 72 yards into the end zone.
If you don’t get the reference, you probably don’t have kids. That phrase the main character’s catchphrase in the popular Nickelodeon show “PAW Patrol.”
Romo and his wife Candice have three young sons, so Romo was probably waiting to break out that line. At least it won’t create the controversy that some of his innocent jokes have in the past.
The Baltimore Ravens are preparing for an important divisional game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and their defensive approach on Sunday will look a bit different from the one they used in Week 15. Joe Burrow will try to take advantage of that.
The Ravens made a huge effort to slow down Green Bay Packers star receiver Davante Adams last week. Adams still caught six passes for 44 yards and a score, but he was double- and triple-covered on many plays. Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale was asked if he will try to do the same with Bengals rookie Ja’Marr chase on Sunday, and he said it’s not going to happen. Why? Because Chase is not Adams, and Joe Burrow is not Aaron Rodgers.
Martindale obviously meant for the comment to serve as a compliment to Adams and Rodgers, not an insult to Chase and Burrow. He’s right that the former duo have proven to be much more dangerous than the latter. Still, Burrow and Chase are more than capable of burning defenses. They may be motivated to prove to Martindale and the Ravens that they deserve just as much attention as Rodgers and Adams.
Chase has struggled with drops this year, including one very costly one a couple weeks back. That hasn’t stopped him from being one of the best deep threats in the NFL, and he should have a chance to prove it against a Baltimore secondary that has been banged up all season.