Chase Brown was activated off of Injured Reserve last week before the team faced off with the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to Zac Taylor and Brian Callahan, the coaching staff was excited to see the rookie back at practice and hoping he could provide some new life to a running-game that has struggled regularly this season.
Then, he didn’t touch the field vs. Pittsburgh.
“Chase had some plays in the game plan that were his that we didn’t get to,” Callahan said after the loss. “When you get eight attempts, it’s pretty tough to divide up that carry number.”
Despite the lackluster performance on offense, it sounds like Callahan and Taylor are ready to see what they have in their fifth-round pick in Jacksonville this week.
“We need to find out what Chase can do for us because I don’t know. That’s the answer at this point, and we do need to find out,” Callahan said.
To this point in the season, Brown has recorded two rushing attempts and caught three passes, while being on the active roster for seven games this season. But the Ontario native comes to the Queen City after an explosive campaign for the Illinois Fighting Illini in the 2022 college football season.
During that year in Champaign, he rushed for 1643 yards on 328 attempts and totaled 10 touchdowns on the ground. He also added 27 receptions for three more scores to help push the team to an 8-5 season.
It is obvious that the rookie running back has some juice that could get this offense rolling. Now facing the uphill battle of making the playoffs without Joe Burrow, any kind of big-play threat in the running game will be greatly appreciated by Bengals fans.
Sounds like we are going to get our first true look at Brown in Jacksonville. Now, let’s hope he crushes it.