Ja’Marr Chase wins offensive rookie of the year

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Odell Beckham was the last receiver to win the Associated Press’ offensive rookie of the year award in 2014. After six years of quarterbacks and running backs winning the award, Ja'Marr Chase broke the streak by winning 2021 offensive rookie of the year.

Chase was honored at NFL Honors on Thursday night. He received 42 of the 50 votes, with Patriots quarterback Mac Jones getting five, Chiefs center Creed Humphrey two and Chargers tackle Rashawn Slater one.

The Bengals took some heat for drafting Chase fifth overall rather than tackle Penei Sewell, and the voices grew louder when Chase had problems holding onto the football during the preseason.

Once the regular season began, though, Chase played at a Pro Bowl level with 81 catches for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns. He caught 11 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 win over the Chiefs in Week 17 that clinched the AFC North for the Bengals.

That performance gave Chase the record for rookie receiving yards in a single game, and he also set a new mark for rookie receiving yards in a season in the Super Bowl era. With two catches for 26 yards in the final game of the regular season, Chase also set the franchise record for single-season receiving yards.

11 responses to “Ja’Marr Chase wins offensive rookie of the year

  1. As good as Chase was, and he was really good, OT Rashawn Slater was better. But OL don’t win offensive awards, and a Charger won OROY last year, they weren’t about to give to another Charger again this year. So congratulations Ja’Marr Chase.

  2. Congratulations to Ja’Marr Chase — you are so much fun to watch, wishing you a long and productive career.

  3. Where are those commenters from preseason who dogged Chase and called the Bengals stupid for drafting him?
    This is a good time to admit you were wrong

  4. He was good but playing wr is nothing compared to qb mac jones was the best rc in the nfl and he had the most degree of difficulty on top of it.

  5. Angel Valle says:
    February 12, 2022 at 9:25 am
    He was good but playing wr is nothing compared to qb mac jones was the best rc in the nfl and he had the most degree of difficulty on top of it.
    ——
    Not all QBs are equal that way. The 2021 Patriots didn’t win games because of Jones. He threw 3 times in one game and his team won anyway. Chase transformed that Bengals offense. He made his teammates including Burrow better.

    Jones wouldn’t even be my pick for offensive rookie of the year on his own team (Stevenson is) so how could he be OROY for the league.

  6. Mac Jones had the harder job; playing QB is orders of magnitude more difficult than playing WR (or RB, TE, OT, etc.). But Chase had probably one of the five greatest rookie seasons of all time at any position. Hard to argue with him getting OROY.

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