Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase acknowledged his struggles with dropped balls but vowed to get better going forward. Throughout the offseason, training camp and preseason, Chase struggled with drops and that was one of the main storylines from the Bengals.
The Bengals have high expectations from Chase as they took the wide receiver at No. 5 in this past NFL draft. Chase played college football at LSU with Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow. "I know I left a lot of stuff out there," Chase said, per ESPN.
"But that's all in time for me to get better, of course. I'm not afraid to get better. That's what I'm here for -- to work, to get better, make the team better, make the organization better."
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"If you look back at it, I jumped in the air when the ball got to me," Chase said.
"That means my eyes weren't concentrated on the ball. I didn't keep still. So that makes my eye adjustment for the ball move around." Chase didn't have an impressive preseason but Bengals head coach Zac Taylor doesn't see to be too concerned by that.
"I see the way that he prepares in the building, during practice, so I don't have those concerns," Taylor said. "We'll just move forward and I expect big things from him." The Bengals play the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1 and Chase would like to make some plays against star cornerback Patrick Peterson.
"I could put Patrick Peterson on my highlight tape," Chase said. "He might be mad I'm saying it, but hey, you know what I'm saying, it's part of the game. I'd love to make a play on him."
The Bengals decided to draft Chase to they could reunite him with quarterback Burrow. In the 2020 NFL draft, the Bengals used their No. 1 pick on Burrow, hoping he would turn into a franchise quarterback. While in college, Burrow was regularly helping Chase.
"Everyone wants to see this and that, but I'm excited to show literally me, myself," Chase said. "I'm excited to do what I came here to do." "I know in college, Joe was actually one of the first people that helped me really break down film.
I used to just sit there and watch myself, try to critique myself, but Joe actually gave me the ins and outs of watching film when I was younger. It plays a part now."