Chase wants critics to enjoy his rise
Ja’Marr Chase’s summer was filled with doubt from a lot of critics who said that the rookie can’t shine bright for the Cincinnati Bengals. He had a lot of rough games in the preseason, but he promised to be better. The rook clapped back at them and showed off with a strong Week 1.
All of those talks are gone by now. Chase carved up his first game with the Bengals with five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. That is a strong stat line for a rookie like him who played with a lot of hype.
While the game was lost by just a few points, it was still good for the Bengals as they saw how Chase could lead the way for them. He still has a long way to go in the NFL, and his offence at this point is a big win for the team. Now he wants the world to know his worth.
‘I like to tell them, “Enjoy the show.” That's all I can tell them’, Chase said. ‘A lot of news coming. I've been hearing this since I was young, you know what I'm saying? But I'm not worried about it. This is my job right here, and my job is to catch the football and make plays. So I'ma let them sit back and enjoy the show’.
The rookie also had more yards in his NFL debut than any of his fellow LSU wide receivers. He is the best pick from LSU to start off the 2021-22 season, which is not a big feat but a good note for Chase.
He is the first and only rookie with 100 or more catching yards in Week 1 for the Bengals and the fourth rookie in the last 10 years to get five or more receptions. He was going for all the records he could break, so he was sure that this game was going to be the start.
The Bengals are pleased to have him on the lineup. Chase is set to get more time with the team in their next set of games. That is the chance for him to keep his strong run going.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores