CINCINNATI — The Bengals are hoping that rookie wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase becomes one of the best young players in the NFL this season.
He dominated college football at 19-years-old and now he's in Cincinnati catching passes from star quarterback Joe Burrow.
Chase is on the short list of Albert Breer's Offensive Rookie of the Year power rankings.
The 21-year-old is fourth on the list. Trevor Lawrence, Najee Harris and Zach Wilson are ranked 1-3, respectively.
"I have him in front of Kyle Pitts, just because history tells us tight ends’ transitions to the pro game take a little more time than receivers," Breer wrote. "Here’s a fun fact: Mike Ditka is the only tight end ever to have 1,000 yards receiving as a rookie. He’s also the only tight end ever to get to 900 yards as a rookie. And it’s been 19 years since a rookie tight end has even gotten to 750. Meanwhile, nine rookie receivers in the last decade have made it to 1,000."
If Chase leads the Bengals in receiving and they take a step forward in the win column this season, then there's no reason why he can't be in the mix to win the award.
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