Remember when there were concerns Ja’Marr Chase could be a bust? Those preseason overreactions are laughable at this point.
The rookie receiver out of LSU is looking like one of the top deep threats in the game very early in his career. Yesterday, for the third time in three games, Chase scored on a touchdown of 30 yards or more. That’s a record right there:
Ja'Marr Chase is the ONLY player in the Super Bowl Era with a 30-yard receiving TD in each of his first 3 career games.— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 26, 2021
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But if you move beyond the standard stats, Chase is still at least as impressive. According to Pro Football Focus, he is one of the best deep threats in the game... already. He is third in the NFL in deep yards (126) on passes of 20+ yards (earning a 97.3 grade). He is also one of the best against man coverage (fifth, grade of 90.3) and depth of routes (2.75 yards/route, tenth best in the league):
Ja’Marr Chase update (via @PFF):— Evan McPhillips (@emcphil) September 27, 2021
90.3 grade vs man coverage (5th)
97.3 grade on passes of 20+ yards (3rd)
126 deep yards (3rd)
2.75 yards per route run (10th)
Ja’Marr Chase was a good pick.
We talk about Chase’s stunning touchdown at the end of the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers and much more from Cincinnati’s 24-10 upset in the video below: