On Friday night, the NFL’s preseason rolled on with a contest between the Washington Football Team and Cincinnati Bengals.
During the game, fans got their first look at No. 5 overall pick Ja’Marr Chase. The former standout LSU wide receiver re-united with his collegiate quarterback, Joe Burrow when the Bengals drafted him.
Unfortunately, fans didn’t get to see the Burrow-Chase connection on Friday night. Instead, Chase was catching passes from backup quarterback Brandon Allen.
Or was he? Allen targeted Chase three times during the game, but the top draft picked failed to bring in a single reception. All three passes hit him in the hands, but Chase failed to catch any of them.
It was an odd scene to watch, but one former NFL player isn’t worried. Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant thinks Chase will be just fine.
I know his feeling…he’s nervous a lil bit.. he will be ok… he will be a RAW talent in the League…. https://t.co/ZjDkHG0oMT
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) August 21, 2021
It’s okay to criticize stuff like this and Smith last night, while also realizing this isn’t even a blip on the radar. Both will be very good. https://t.co/T0ivyn8JKZ
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) August 21, 2021
Following the game, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor reacted to his rookie wide receiver’s drops.
“We just gotta continue to work on it every single day,” Taylor said, according to ESPN’s Ben Baby. “It’s key that our receivers do a great job focusing, catching the ball. He’s getting better every day at a lot of the other details that maybe go unnoticed. So, we’ll just keep looking for improvements here.”
Chase is a talented wide receiver and once he gets comfortable at the NFL level he’ll be just fine.
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