The Cincinnati Bengals have a clear goal in 2022 — get back to the Super Bowl. And this time, they plan to leave with the Lombardi Trophy.
Cincinnati came up short last season mostly due to poor offensive line play.
That’s why the Bengals spent this offseason bolstering their offensive line by signing three key free agents — La’el Collins, Alex Cappa, and Ted Karras.
The Bengals’ improved offensive line will combine with Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase to form one of the most potent offenses in the NFL.
Speaking of Chase, it’s hard to imagine him being better than what we saw last season.
As a rookie last year, Chase set the Bengals franchise record for receiving yards in a season with 1,455 yards.
Chase, like any elite competitor, plans to be better in 2022.
And based on the early reports from training camp, it sounds like the AFC North is about to see an even more elite Chase this season.
“It’s already scary to see him improve,” said quarterback Brandon Allen this week (via Bengals.com). “He’s got a lot freer in his routes and disciplined in his routes. That’s because he’s been in the system for a whole year now so he’s got a big understanding of what the route needs to look like, how I can get myself open to work little techniques here and there. That will make him even better.”
Speaking with a few players, it’s pretty clear that Ja’Marr Chase is viewed as the most exciting player on the team besides Burrow.— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) July 29, 2022
Just like during last season, Chase is making a variety of catches in camp. Go routes, contested plays on the outside and everything in between.
Chase has his sights set high in 2022. He wants to be the first wide receiver to ever total 2,000 receiving yards in a single season. That’s a goal that his former LSU teammate, current Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, shares. Chase is determined to beat Jefferson to the historic milestone.
Ja’Marr Chase on Justin Jefferson’s bid for 2,000 yards: “I hope he doesn’t beat me to it… We’ll compete for it. “— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) July 27, 2022
An improved Chase is a ridiculously scary thought for the rest of the AFC North. He was nearly unstoppable last season. What are defensive backs going to do in 2022 when he’s even better? Throw in Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins, one of the most underrated players in the NFL, and it’s easy to see how Cincinnati is going to make things tough on their division rivals this season.
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