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Dez Bryant Defends Ja'Marr Chase, Believes the Star Rookie Will Be Just Fine

Chase struggled on Friday night in Washington.

CINCINNATI — Bengals rookie wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase had a night to forget on Friday in Washington

The 21-year-old dropped three Brandon Allen passes on third down, including two that would've likely kept the drive alive. 

Some are panicking about Chase's drop issues. Others are simply concerned. 

Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant believes the fifth overall pick is going to be just fine. 

"I know his feeling…he’s nervous a lil bit," Bryant tweeted. "He will be OK… he will be a RAW talent in the league."

Chase grew up watching Bryant and other star wide receivers like him dominate opposing cornerbacks. Seeing someone like him come to his defense has to make the rookie feel good, especially with so many people wondering where the drop issues came from? 

Chase only had five drops at LSU. He's clearly still adjusting to the NFL game and getting back into things after opting out last season. 

"The expectations are so high that you expect him to be a star right out the gate, but it takes work," Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said. "You gotta put in the work. That consistency comes over time and by no means are we down on Ja’Marr. He’s just going through some of the things rookies go through in training camp and we expect him to improve over the course of this week."

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