The reports that Bengals rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase was having drop issues because the NFL ball doesn’t have white stripes have quickly become archived by his terrific first regular season games, helping lead the Bengals to a 2-1 start.
Chase’s electric NFL introduction, combined with the lackluster play from rookie quarterbacks, has earned him NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month honors for September.
He’s hauled in a touchdown in each of his three games, including a two-touchdown performance against the Steelers at Heinz Field. He’s totaled 11 receptions for 220 yards and four touchdowns on the season.
Chase and quarterback phenom Joe Burrow have rekindled that LSU connection that took over the NCAA football world back in 2019.
Silencing the doubters. 1️⃣— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 30, 2021
Ja'Marr Chase has been named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month. pic.twitter.com/OszKB7ZTfu
Chase continues to impress and has brought the swagger back to Cincinnati, one not felt since the great Chad Johnson played in the Queen City. He’s the big-play threat that Burrow needed and has been explosive alongside Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd.
With the No. 5 overall pick, the Bengals took Chase over Penei Sewell, a pick that looks better and better by the week. While a career is much longer than just a rookie season or rookie month, Chase is off to a start that’s hard not to be extremely impressed by.
Chase is becoming a favorite of Burrow’s for good reason, as the second-year QB has by far the highest rating when throwing to Chase than any other rookie receiver-quarterback combo in the league.
Chase has also been the highest-graded PFF offensive rookie so far this season. He’ll look to take another huge step into the spotlight as the Bengals host the Jaguars for their lone primetime game of the season.