The Cincinnati Bengals had to be ecstatic when LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase fell to then at No. 5. While their other option, tackle Penei Sewell, was also on the board, they went with A.J. Green’s replacement instead of bolstering their offensive line.
The Bengals will catch some flak by some for not strengthening that line, but they added a generational talent in Chase.
On a team with former first-round NFL Draft pick and rookie standout Justin Jefferson and star Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, Chase was dominant. He had 20 touchdowns on just 84 receptions, showing elite athleticism.
Chase has high expectations for his time in Cincinnati. Knowing the greats that have come through the Queen City, players like Chad Johnson and A.J. Green, Chase is planning his own path, one that puts those two greats’ receiving records in the dust.
Asked about great #Bengals WRs of the past, Chase says "I'm gonna break every one of their records."— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) April 30, 2021
One record Chase could gun for is Johnson’s total receiving yards, which leads the franchise at 10,783. T.J. Houshmandzadeh leads the franchise in single-season receptions at 112, and Carl Pickens leads them in single-season touchdowns with 17.
Nothing is too insane for Chase.
While he’ll have to have both a stellar career and one mainly in Cincinnati to break Johnson’s record, after a season or two, he could easily grab more than 17 touchdowns, especially given the extra game in the schedule.
Chase, standing 6-foot and just 21 years old, neared 1,800 yards as a sophomore. Chase averaged over 21 yards per reception, showing a top-tier deep-play ability.
He showed enough to be a top-five pick, and he was so impressive that the Bengals passed on an obvious need for him.
The elite threat has the potential to be an all-time franchise great. Now, he just needs to link up with his former collegiate. quarterback and prove that his words have action to them.
When it’s all said and done, do you see Chase breaking any Bengals receiving records?
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