Ja'Marr Chase Proved Haters Wrong With Impressive NFL Debut

Ja'Marr Chase had a big game in Week 1.
Ja'Marr Chase had a big game in Week 1. / Sam Greene via Imagn Content Services,

So, about those Ja’Marr Chase dropped passes

The No. 5 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft showed just how good he can be with his college teammate and quarterback Joe Burrow in Week 1, torching the Minnesota Vikings for 101 yards on five catches including a 50-yard touchdown grab.

Chase struggled mightily with drops in the preseason, but his head coach Zac Taylor and Burrow both weren’t concerned, and it showed in Week 1.

“No. I tried to tell everybody that there was no concern on our end,” Taylor said in his postgame press conference about Chase’s drops. “Again, it’s a guy that’s working his way through training camp. Those weren’t real games we were playing. You get a chance to work out all the kinks with all these rookies, all these new players. Now, the Ja’Marr that we’ve seen — the confidence, the meetings and his approach — I would have been concerned if his approach wasn’t the right way and he was sleeping in meetings and showing up late, then I would have been concerned, but it was the exact opposite.”

Chase stuck it to the haters in Week 1, and his odds to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award saw a major boost on WynnBET

Chase was +1100 to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award heading into the regular season, but he jumped into a tie with tight end Kyle Pitts at +900 after a strong Week 1. 

A wide receiver hasn’t won the award since Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014, but Chase has the skillset to make a run at it this season. His chemistry with Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals up-and-coming offense could make for a huge season in 2021, but bettors may want to see Chase put up another OROY-worthy performance in Week 2 before taking advantage of his odds at this solid value. 

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