Zac Taylor: Ja’Marr Chase can be one of the great receivers over the next 10-15 years

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Not needing a quarterback after drafting Joe Burrow at No. 1 overall last year, the Bengals had every player in the draft but tight end Kyle Pitts available to them at No. 5 overall last week.

They chose LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase, reuniting him with Burrow after the pair won a national championship together.

While Burrow wasn’t campaigning for his team to select Chase, the quarterback really didn’t have to. Though many thought Cincinnati would select an offensive lineman to protect Burrow — particularly after the QB tore his ACL and MCL last season — head coach Zac Taylor feels Chase can make a special impact on the offense.

“Everybody was happy with the result and understands what this guy is going to do for us,” Taylor said, via Paul Dehner Jr. of TheAthletic.com. “We take Ja’Marr Chase because you think he’s going to be one of the all-time great receivers here over the next 10-15 years. You don’t want to be influenced by, ‘Is there a lineman there in the second round?’ If you think this guy is as good as we think he is, we just need to get him on the football team.”

Still, with a deep class of offensive linemen, Cincinnati was able to land Clemson’s Jackson Carman at No. 46 overall. The opportunity to select a player like that later solidified the choice of Chase.

“This year, consequently, just happened we knew there would be a good group of linemen there in the second round we knew we could get,” Taylor said. “If you knew this player would turn out to be A.J. Green, what would make you pass on him? If you look back on his career and say he’s going to have the same impact and career that A.J. Green had, what makes you say let’s pass on him and go get this other guy because there’s not a lineman you like in the second round — knowing what you know about A.J. Green. To me, that weighs into it a little bit, this is the impact we think this guy is going to have on us.”

After 10 seasons, 649 receptions, 9,430 yards, and 65 touchdowns with the Bengals, Green signed with the Cardinals as a free agent in March. But if Chase can become as productive as Green, who began his career with five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, then there will be no doubt the LSU wideout was the right choice.

13 responses to “Zac Taylor: Ja’Marr Chase can be one of the great receivers over the next 10-15 years

  1. Ja’Marr Chase was a great pick no doubt there’s massive talent there…but the question begging to be asked is why can’t the Cincinnati Bengals draft and develop offensive linemen?

  2. Still, with a deep class of offensive linemen, Cincinnati was able to land Clemson’s Jackson Carman at No. 46 overall.


    Not to mention two more tackles and a center.

  3. No doubt Chase is a great talent. But if the later-round OL picks they made don’t seriously upgrade the OL then it doesn’t help Burrow all that much. Before he got injured he was taking a serious beating from the start of the season.

    You’ve got your potential franchise QB for the next 10-15 years – protecting him should be priority #1, especially when your OL did such a poor job last season.

  4. If Chase falls short of these very high expectations, the entire front office for the Bengals won’t survive, and they shouldn’t! You don’t build a team from the outside in. I think Chase will be very good but I still think they should have taken the best tackle on their board.

  5. The Bengals did address O-line. 1st rd pick Jonah will be healthy and back at LR, they signed Reiff to play RT, and picked up 2nd rd Carman to play RG. They also have Spain coming back healthy.

    This isn’t the same O-line as last year, it is much improved. Plus, major addition by subtraction with letting Hart go.

  6. The Bengals did a LOT to address the OL in FA and the draft. LT Jonah Williams was in his first year and only allowed 3 sacks and had 2 penalties. There should be 3 new starters and the Center should be back from injury early in the season.
    They took 3 OL in the draft and some experts are saying Carman isn’t that far off from Sewell.

  7. Not taking Sewell will go down as a huge mistake for Cincinnati! I can see it now: There’s the snap Burrow is looking deep Chase is wide open,oh if he just had half a second that would have been a touchdown,Burrow is slow to get up he took a huge hit! Cincinnati will win enough games this year that it will be hard to draft a solid starter at left tackle next year. This draft was deep at wide receiver you don’t pass on chances to get a left tackle to protect your QB for a decade. Why? Well let’s see they had one of the best receivers in the game for years in Green and all he got them was his numbers. Before that it was Ocho. Keep doing the same thing and you get the same result.

  8. phinjunky1985 says:
    May 6, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Not taking Sewell will go down as a huge mistake for Cincinnati! I can see it now: There’s the snap Burrow is looking deep Chase is wide open,oh if he just had half a second that would have been a touchdown,Burrow is slow to get up he took a huge hit! Cincinnati will win enough games this year that it will be hard to draft a solid starter at left tackle next year. This draft was deep at wide receiver you don’t pass on chances to get a left tackle to protect your QB for a decade. Why? Well let’s see they had one of the best receivers in the game for years in Green and all he got them was his numbers. Before that it was Ocho. Keep doing the same thing and you get the same result.

    They have a left tackle, smarty. Their issue was guard and RT – they signed a veteran RT and took a T/G in the second round. You have no issue with Miami passing on Sewell though… and you had a worse record than Cincy did. Laughable.

  9. Miami’s line wasn’t as bad as Cincy’s, and Tua didn’t get his knee shredded thanks to awful blocking.

  10. Miami fans are so salty bc the Bengals took Burrow from them last year and Chase from them this year lol.

  11. Very few of the best linemen in the NFL were drafted in the first round, and first round drafts are often busts. It was the smart pick.

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