It seems like every week Ja’Marr Chase takes the field, he does something few, if any NFL receiver has ever done, especially in his rookie season.
After tearing through opposing defenses through his first six games, Chase faced his biggest challenge of the season today vs. a stout Baltimore Ravens defense, which features Pro Bowl cornerback Marlon Humphrey.
Not only is Chase having yet another big game, his latest highlight-reel play came at the expense of Humphrey.
In the third quarter with the Cincinnati Bengals facing a 3rd-and-2 deep in their own territory, Joe Burrow dropped back and found Chase across the middle for an easy conversion.
But Chase wasn’t done there, as the rookie broke a few tackles and took the ball 82 yards for the touchdown, the sixth time the former LSU Tigers have hooked up for a score this season.
It was a thing of beauty.
Chase’s 82-yarder longest catch by Bengals rookie since Damon Gibson in 1998 . Most points in Baltimore since the Boyd game in ‘17— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) October 24, 2021
That play put Chase at seven grabs for 174 yards and a score. He also has broke the NFL record for the most receiving yards by a player in his first career seven games. He came into the day with 27 grabs for 553 yards and five scores, so he’ll end this game as the only player in NFL history with 700+ receiving yards in his first seven game.
.@Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase (@Real10jayy__), the 5th overall pick in the 2021 @NFL Draft, needs 69 receiving yards to surpass @AnquanBoldin (621) for third-most receiving yards ever by a player in his first 7 career games, trailing only Harlon Hill (685) and Billy Howton (667). pic.twitter.com/gKaTzXmn7o— NFL345 (@NFL345) October 23, 2021
Regardless of how this game ends, it’s clear that Chase is already a star on the rise in this league, and one that’s greatly improved the outlook of this Bengals franchise.