Ja’Marr Chase: I’ve got to take it slow, Rome wasn’t built in a day

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Wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase‘s arrival in the first round was greeted with fanfare in Cincinnati, but it hasn’t been the smoothest start on the field for the fifth overall pick.

Dispatches from Bengals camp have noted dropped passes, lacking separation from defenders and losses on contested balls that have made for fewer highlights than the team would have hoped to see. Tuesday’s practice went better than previous ones and Chase, who opted out at LSU last year, said after the session that he’s practicing patience when it comes to his development.

“I’ve got to take it slow,” Chase said, via the team’s website. “I realized this offense is very detailed. I had to take my time. The first couple of days I wasn’t doing so well. Of course. I kept pushing forward. Me sitting out that year, I’m not going to be so fast getting back to my normal self. It’s all mental. It’s all mental right now.”

Chase quoted LSU and Bengals teammate Thaddeus Moss‘ reminder that “Rome wasn’t built in a day” as a way to put his rough practice days in perspective and no one will remember early August if everything comes together for Chase once the regular season is underway.

7 responses to “Ja’Marr Chase: I’ve got to take it slow, Rome wasn’t built in a day

  1. @KCFinfan

    Waddle played football last year…Chase didnt. Give him a break he seems like he’s keeping a good attitude about it.

    I’m willing to bet Chase has at least 300 more rec yds than Waddle this year.

  2. KCFinfan says:
    August 11, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Waddle has been balling in practice…


    Good for him – he’s a good player too. You can only take one guy with your pick.

  3. A lot of players are shocked once they get to the NFL at how much faster the game is and how well coached players are. It is a learning process. Also keep in mind he played no football last season so getting in tune is going to take some time. He is going to be a fine player.

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