Ja’Marr Chase: I have to make adjustment to beat double teams

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Before the Bengals met the Steelers recently, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Bengals rookie wideout Ja'Marr Chase‘s drop in explosive plays was a result of teams adjusting their defense to make sure he didn’t beat them.

Chase has 20 catches for 204 yards over the last five games, which is a sharp drop from the 35 catches for 754 yards that he posted through the first seven games of the season. Chase echoed Tomlin’s comments this week when he discussed the need to adjust his game in response to the way defenses have adjusted to his hot start to his career.

“I’ve been getting a lot of cloud lately,” Chase said, via Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “That makes my route change when I get cloud coverage. Bumping me, trying to make me slow down my route, get me out of the play, take me out back side. I’m pretty sure that’s slowing me down now. I have to make the adjustment to beat double teams.”

A return of the big plays that Chase provided early in the season would likely boost the Bengals’ chances of maintaining playoff position through the end of the season.

6 responses to “Ja’Marr Chase: I have to make adjustment to beat double teams

  1. Yeah. Welcome to the NFL. Just surprised it took more than one week for defenses to do it. He exploited the Vikings in week 1 and showed how explosive he was.

  2. And maybe…just maybe…don’t turn a potential TD (great throw by Burrow) into a pick for the other team!

  3. He flubbed a big play early in the game against the Chargers that ended up being an interception, so the opportunities are still there. He’s just not making the most of them.
    That said, it is possible that he’s hitting the rookie wall particularly hard, especially considering he hadn’t played football since 2019.

  4. Make your move kid and beat the double teams. My fantasy team is going to need you in 2 weeks! I traded your running mate T-Higgs for Lenny last month because I believed in you more. Prove me right…

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