Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase struggles in preseason loss, Zac Taylor will ‘preserve searching for enchancment’


The Cincinnati Bengals used the No. 5 general choose within the 2021 NFL Draft on extensive receiver Ja’Marr Chase out of LSU. Not solely was he seen as the highest wideout on this class, however he additionally had already established chemistry with quarterback Joe Burrow — with whom Chase gained a nationwide championship in 2019. Chase’s ceiling may be very excessive, however his efficiency in Week 2 of the preseason towards Washington will probably be one to neglect.

Chase was focused by quarterback Brandon Allen thrice within the first half of the eventual 17-13 loss, and the Biletnikoff Award winner dropped all three passes. All three throws weren’t tossed completely, however all three did hit Chase within the arms.

After the sport, Bengals coach Zac Taylor was requested about Chase’s struggles, and he responded by saying that he is enhancing in different areas and that they’re simply going to proceed to work with him. 

“We simply gotta proceed to work on it each single day. It is key that our receivers do an ideal job focusing, catching the ball,” Taylor mentioned after the sport, through ESPN’s Ben Child. “He is getting higher on daily basis at lots of the opposite particulars that perhaps go unnoticed. So we’ll simply preserve searching for enchancment there.” 

Chase was focused simply as soon as in Cincinnati’s first preseason sport towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — a display screen go he took for a acquire of 16 yards. He did not obtain any targets downfield, nonetheless.

Sadly, this isn’t the primary time Chase dropping passes has been introduced up, as he is missed a number of catchable balls in coaching camp. Taylor commented on these drops earlier this week. 

“I am not involved about that [drops],” Taylor mentioned, through “We wish him to catch the soccer, there isn’t any query about that, however once more, we simply wish to see progress on daily basis in all areas and I’ve seen him make progress as a receiver for what we’re searching for. Once more, we do not wanna drop the soccer, however he is beginning to make extra performs for us and we’re not off course there.”

There is no cause to overreact and take Chase off of your fantasy soccer targets record. That is nonetheless a man who caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns a few years in the past with Burrow as his quarterback. Taylor is doing the appropriate factor by taking issues sluggish and wanting him to be an entire participant. Extensive receivers face extra studying curves on the subsequent degree apart from catching the ball in tighter home windows. Chase has the expertise, and has a few weeks to buckle down earlier than Cincy’s opening sport towards the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 12. 

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