With the 2021 NFL season starting, the biggest question for the Cincinnati Bengals was, “How can the Bengals help Joe Burrow?” In 2020, Joe Burrow suffered a season ending knee injury against the Washington Football Team. When this happened, people said this was to be expected because of the poor offensive line the Bengals had. Since the Burrow injury, the Bengals have gone out into free agency to address some of those offensive line needs. However, many believed there was not enough urgency in protecting Joe Burrow, especially after the Bengals drafted Ja’Marr Chase with the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. So far, Ja’Marr Chase has been proving that he was the right choice.
Flashback From 2019
In 2019, the LSU Tigers won the College Football National Championship with quarterback Joe Burrow. However, Joe Burrow didn’t do this alone, he had Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and a very solid defense. Even with all this help, Joe Burrow still shined his way into becoming the Heisman winner.
However, Joe Burrow had help from one specific wide receiver, Ja’Marr Chase. In 2019, Chase was a sophomore at LSU, he had 84 receptions, 1,780 yards with 20 touchdowns. Burrow threw for 60 touchdowns in his 2019 Heisman season, Chase caught a third of Joe Burrow’s touchdowns. Burrow and Chase had such a rare connection that you hardly see in the NFL. I mean sure, you have great duos like Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, or Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill, but for this duo to be developing in college, makes it even more special.
The Connection Continues
In the 2021 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Ja’Marr Chase with the fifth overall pick. Of course, you had the critics who believed the Bengals should have drafted Penei Sewell to protect Burrow, or the critics who believed Chase would be a bust because of his drops in training camp and preseason, but that just doesn’t seem to be the case. In week one of the 2021 NFL season, Ja’Marr Chase had one touchdown and 101 receiving yards, that’s a heck of a debut if you ask me.
In week two, Chase had one touchdown and 54 yards, his touchdowns in week one and two were over 40 yards, which made him the first player since 1976 to ever have those stats. In week three against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chase had two touchdowns, 65 yards, and with his first touchdown, Chase became the ninth player in NFL history to catch a touchdown in his first NFL games. Chase already said he wants to break all the Bengals receiving records, and he definitely is on his way to accomplish that and more. The Burrow to Chase connection continues to grow strong, it started at LSU and continues into the NFL. People still may argue that drafting Chase was not the right choice, but right now he is proving to be the right choice for Cincinnati and Joe Burrow.