The Cincinnati Bengals have one of the top wide receiver units in the NFL with Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd. Chase, the youngest of the trio, has already become the leader after being named Offensive Rookie Of the Year and garnering second-team All-Pro honors in 2021.
Chase doesn’t lack any confidence either. During his days at LSU, he played alongside Vikings’ All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson. When he was recently asked who was better between the two, Chase didn’t hesitate.
“I’m better than Justin,” Chase told Peter King of NBC Sports.
Chase isn’t crazy for thinking this when comparing the two. In Jefferson’s rookie campaign in 2020, he racked up 88 receptions for 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns. That’s quite impressive, and while Chase had seven fever receptions than Jefferson in his rookie year with the Bengals, he also had 55 more yards and six more touchdowns.
Jefferson was lights out last season with 108 receptions for 1,616 yards. However, Chase had three more scores than Jefferson, and his 13 total in one year are just four less than Jefferson has in two seasons.
It’s a debate for sure, and anyone who picks Chase wouldn’t be crazy.
The Bengals’ star was also asked about another elite receiver, Davante Adams of the Las Vegas Raiders. This time, Chase was a little more humble.
“I don’t know if I’m better … but I watch his film all the time,” Chase said. “He told me he watches my film. That’s definitely something to keep me working.”
No one can knock Chase from wanting to study Adams. The former Green Bay Packer has had over 110 receptions and a least 1,300+ yards in three of the last four seasons and has amassed 47 touchdowns over that span. Also, Adams has double-digit touchdowns in five of the last six seasons with two All-Pro honors as well, which is why is regarded by many as the league’s top receiver.
The Bengals hit the jackpot when they drafted Chase, and it was also smart to pair him with quarterback Joe Burrow seeing as they won a national championship at LSU in 2019. As Chase enters his second year with the Bengals, the expectations for him, due to his stellar play, have gone up a notch. If history tells us anything, Chase will rise to the occasion.
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