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Ja’Marr Chase struggles in Week 2 NFL preseason debut

Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase did not have a great outing in Week 2 of the NFL preseason. We recap his performance.

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Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase was already experiencing struggles and growing pains in training camp and the LSU standout had a rough go of things in the first half of the Bengals’ preseason showdown with the Washington Football Team on Friday.

Stats

Chase was targeted three times early and subsequently dropped three passes in the exhibition at FedEx Field.

Analysis

Chase has had his struggles in camp so far but it could very well be a mix of the usual growing pains of a rookie receiver getting used to the NFL and a player who hasn’t played a single snap since January of 2020 shaking off the rust and regaining his muscle memory on the football field. The Bengals took criticism for taking Chase over Penei Sewell in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft but it’s way too early for anyone to bear judgement on his prospects as a future star. R-E-L-A-X.

Fantasy implications

Chase will be gradually worked into the Bengals’ scheme but for now, he’s solidly behind Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd on the depth chart.