How Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase put together best rookie WR season in NFL history



LOS ANGELES — Ja’Marr Chase would not simply have a case for the perfect rookie season by a large receiver in fashionable NFL historical past. He has slammed the door shut by the straightforward truth his rapid stellar play was key to creating the Bengals a Tremendous Bowl workforce.

Final season’s Sporting Information Rookie of the 12 months, the Vikings’ Justin Jefferson, stacked up properly towards what Randy Moss did for Minnesota in 1998. Depart it to Chase, Jefferson’s former teammate at LSU, to verify Moss is not on high.

Chase adopted up Jefferson to win Sporting Information NFL Rookie of the 12 months in 2021, an award voted on by gamers across the league. Moss additionally was a simple winner in ’98. In between Moss and Chase, Anquan Boldin, Percy Harvin and Odell Beckham Jr. have been the opposite SN ROTY large receivers earlier than Jefferson.

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“It has been an unbelievable expertise,” Chase stated in accepting SN’s award forward of Tremendous Bowl 56, including to the LSU reference to Jefferson and Beckham. “I have been watching these guys execute sport after sport and speaking with them. Being part of that simply gave me confidence. Hanging with these guys has been nice.”

Jefferson, Beckham and the remainder of these earlier ROTY large receivers did not go to the Tremendous Bowl as a rookie. Moss’ Minnesota workforce fell simply brief, dropping within the NFC championship sport to Atlanta.

Based mostly on his regular-season numbers, Chase’s case already was sturdy. For a refresher, let’s examine his stats to these of Jefferson and Moss as rookies:

Ja’Marr Chase’s rookie season

  • 81 catches on 128 targets
  • 1,455 receiving yards
  • 13 receiving TDs
  • 18.0 yards per catch
  • 63.3 % catch charge
  • 11.4 yards per goal
  • 21 dashing yards

Justin Jefferson’s rookie season

  • 88 catches on 125 targets
  • 1,400 receiving yards
  • 7 receiving TDs
  • 15.9 yards per catch
  • 70.4 % catch charge
  • 11.2 yards per goal
  • 2 dashing yards

Randy Moss’ rookie season

  • 69 catches on 124 targets
  • 1,313 receiving yards
  • 17 receiving TDs,
  • 19.0 yards per catch,
  • 55.6 % catch charge
  • 10.6 yards per goal
  • 4 dashing yards

Jefferson has catch charge and receptions in his favor, however he drops out of the dialog with single-digit TDs and fewest yards per catch.

Moss does have the large scoring whole and unimaginable yards for catch working for him, however Chase counters with whole yardage.

Chase did play 17 video games, however bear in mind the Bengals rested his elite quarterback, Joe Burrow, forward of the playoffs in Week 18. Chase obtained solely 4 targets — with two catches for 26 yards — in that sport towards the Browns, so most of his injury was executed in 16 video games.

It is solely applicable, then, that, just like the wonderful 2022 NFL postseason, this argument goes into time beyond regulation with a take a look at yet one more issue: playoff efficiency:

Ja’Marr Chase’s rookie playoffs (three video games)

  • 20 catches on 27 targets
  • 279 receiving yards, TD
  • 14.0 yards per catch
  • 93 yards per sport
  • 74.1 % catch charge
  • 10.3 yards per goal
  • 28 dashing yards

Randy Moss’ rookie playoffs (two video games)

  • 10 catches on 20 targets
  • 148 receiving yards
  • 2 TDs
  • 14.8 yards per catch
  • 74 yards per sport
  • 7.4 yards per goal
  • 0 dashing yards

Chase has been terrific for the No. 4-seed Bengals. He posted 100-yard-plus video games towards the Raiders and Titans. He scored as a part of the epic comeback towards the Chiefs whereas Kansas Metropolis was doing the whole lot it might to cease the person who lit them up for 11 catches, 266 yards and three TDs in Week 17.

Moss struggled with drops and his impression lessened large time within the Vikings’ two playoff video games because the NFC’s No. 1 seed. Benefit, Chase. Sport, set, no match.

Chase has one last problem towards the Rams; he is prone to see numerous Jalen Ransey, the perfect cowl cornerback within the NFL. He’s properly conscious that amongst high rookie large receivers, the Rams’ Torry Holt had a giant Tremendous Bowl 34 towards the Titans. Holt caught seven of his 11 targets from Kurt Warner for 109 yards and a TD in St. Louis’ 23-16 victory.

Twenty-two years later, the Bengals beat the Titans within the playoffs and are hoping to beat the Rams within the Tremendous Bowl. If there was any remaining doubt about Chase’s case, one final large sport in a Bengals win would assist him run away with the consideration of finest rookie large receiver ever.



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