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“Ja’Marr Chase was the best player on the soccer field” in a game full of offensive superstars | The next Jerry Rice?


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Bengals rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase had 11 catches for 266 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s AFC North win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Chase set a new rookie record for most receiving yards in a season, breaking the record of Justin Jefferson, former LSU student and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver, last season.

NFL analyst Ryan Clark said on Monday that Chase was the best player on the field in Sunday’s game.

“Ja’Marr Chase was the best player on the soccer field… point to point blank. In a game full of offensive superstars. … You have to remember, Travis Kelce is on the other side. Tyreek Hill is on the other side. The best quarterback we’ve seen in ages, Patrick Mahomes on the other side. In his own team there are Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins and Joe Mixon. Yesterday Ja’Marr Chase resumed this football game “

With an extra game to play, Chase will add to his rookie record of 1,429 receiving yards.

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In 16 games, Chase has 79 catches for 1,429 yards and 13 touchdowns. We mentioned the rookie’s record for yards received, and he’s four touchdowns off Moss’s rookie record. Although he probably won’t get that record.

No matter how you look at him, his raw count stats are impressive. If he continues on that trajectory, he is heading for the Hall of Fame and could challenge the great receiving records of all time.

Jerry Rice is widely regarded as the greatest wide receiver of all time, and it’s hard to argue with him. He owns career receptions, receiving yards and touchdown records in the NFL. Rice has been 11-time All-Pro, 13-time Pro Bowl, three-time Offensive Player of the Year, three-time Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP.

In the 10 seasons since his rookie season, Rice averaged 89 catches, 1,419 yards and 14 touchdowns per season. This is an insane level of production.

That’s 10 seasons of what Chase did this season.

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Even if Chase could replicate that same production for 10 consecutive seasons, he would still be well behind Rice’s all-time records. But he would land firmly on the shortlist of the greatest receivers of all time.

Rice, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson and Marvin Harrison are the greatest receivers of the modern age. It’s rarefied air, but not out of the realm of possibility for Chase.

As a rookie, Chase is in the top five of all receivers this season in yards, touchdowns, and average yards per game and catch. He is among the top five receivers in terms of raw counting stats.

Advanced stats tell a slightly different story.

Of all the wide receivers with at least 50 catches, Chase is ranked 15th in adjusted yards on defense over substitution. A statistic that gives the value of performance on games where a receiver has caught the ball, relative to the substitute level, adjusted for the situation and the opponent, then translated into distance.

He is 26th in adjusted value in defense compared to substitution.

This is not the end, but it helps provide context. Chase is having a great rookie season and with a +300 rating he could still win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

But let’s slow down on the next Jerry Rice.

He is on the right path as mentioned previously. He will need longevity and health to challenge these all-time records.

He must also keep playing with the best weapons around him.

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And to ultimately be considered the greatest, he’ll have to win Super Bowls. No guarantees in this league.


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