Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase was a major problem in the AFC last season.

Chase, the No. 5 overall pick by the Bengals in the 2021 NFL Draft, had the best rookie season we’ve ever seen from a wide receiver.

The former LSU standout totaled 81 receptions for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns while catching passes from his college teammate, quarterback Joe Burrow.

Chase not only had the best season ever by a rookie wide receiver, but he also had the best season ever by a Bengals wide receiver.

The scary thing for the rest of the AFC — specifically the AFC North — is that Chase is only 22. He’s going to improve a lot as he better understands defenses in the NFL.

Chase is also getting more comfortable in Cincinnati’s offense and he says that’s going to make him “a lot better” in his sophomore season.

I’m not sure how much better Chase can get — he’s already one of the best players in the NFL.

And he’s playing alongside another wide receiver in Tee Higgins that might be the most underrated wide receiver in the league.

The Bengals’ offense is really just scratching the surface of how good it can be. Cincinnati will have a more experienced Chase in 2022. And they’ll have a much-improved offensive line (which means Burrow will actually have some time to operate the Bengals’ offense as intended).

It’s hard to see any team other than Cincinnati winning the AFC North this upcoming season. Anything can happen once the season starts, but I don’t think I’d bet against the Bengals in 2022.

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