Bengals coach Zac Taylor on Ja’Marr Chase’s drops: “We just expect our receivers to catch the ball”

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Bengals rookie receiver Ja'Marr Chase had three drops against Washington on Friday night. After the game, Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor was asked about Chase’s miscues.

“We just expect our receivers to catch the ball, it’s as simple as that,” Taylor told reporters. “I don’t attribute it to any rhythm, the ball’s coming at you, catch it and that’s what we need to accomplish.”

So are the drops by the fifth overall pick in the draft concerning?

“We just got to continue working on it,” Taylor said. “It’s key that our receivers, the great job focus on catching the ball. He’s getting better every day and a lot of the details, and we’ll just keep looking for improvement.”

The team didn’t make Chase available to reporters after the game (if they did, his comments weren’t transcribed and distributed). Quarterback Brandon Allen spoke to reporters, and he had praise for the rookie.

“I talked to Ja’Marr, he’s a good player,” Allen said. “He’s still getting his feet wet with the game experience in the NFL. I’ve seen him make some unbelievable plays in practice that will translate well. It will. He’ll make some easy ones and he’ll make some hard ones as well. I’m not worried about him. I know what he can do and what he will do once he gets going.”

It may take some time for Chase to get going, given that he didn’t play last year. And that’s OK; the Bengals shouldn’t reasonably be thinking about getting to the postseason this year, not in a ridiculously top-heavy division and conference. Chase doesn’t need to explode in 2021. If it happens in 2022, it could be right on time.

10 responses to “Bengals coach Zac Taylor on Ja’Marr Chase’s drops: “We just expect our receivers to catch the ball”

  1. What he meant to say, is that they should of drafted Sewell as he will be in the league 3 times along as Chase. Another Bengal Bungle.

  2. The greatest receiver in league history, Jerry Rice, had major drops his rook season. Don’t worry Bengal fan

  3. He’ll show up big time against the Minnesota Vikings, they all show up against the Minnesota Vikings!

  4. Bengal fans are really delusional. They’re around here comparing Chase to the greatest receiver of all time. Your team is trash, and your HC is the worst HC I’ve ever seen in my life. Other than that, everything is fine.

  5. realfootballfan says:
    August 21, 2021 at 1:19 pm
    Bengal fans are really delusional. They’re around here comparing Chase to the greatest receiver of all time. Your team is trash, and your HC is the worst HC I’ve ever seen in my life. Other than that, everything is fine.

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    I don’t see anybody on here comparing Chase to Rice with the exception of Rice having drop issues in his rookie year which is factual. Chase hasn’t played organized football in a year, if he is doing this in October I’ll start to worry. Bengals fans delusional? Hardly. Nobody from what I’ve seen is saying the Bengals are going to make a lot of noise this year, I think most of us just want to see an improvement from the last couple of years. I’d be estatic if this team beat their win total from the last two years (6). I can’t say that I disagree with your crude comment about the head coach as he has shown little to nothing thus far. The team being trash is subjective, let us wait and see what happens this season. You seem to have a lot of hate in your heart there guy, and trashing a team when their down wreaks of poor character. I hope whatever is going on in your life to make you so bitter and petty resolves itself. Good day to you.

  6. He hasn’t player a live game in over a year, has had less than a half of live preseason football to get going, and has done so with the back-up quarterback throwing to him, all with a team that runs different plays than he ran in college.

    I’m not worried – Higgins started slow and only really got it together in week 4, and he had a massive year. Chase will be fine, he just needs to get out of his head and play. I’d wait on till at least the by week to make any pronouncements on him.

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