Ja’Marr Chase, a former LSU receiver standout, caught almost every ball that was thrown at him during his time in Death Valley.
Chase was the fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft. He led the NCAA in receiving yards and tochdowns for 2019, before opting out as a junior in 2020.
But as training camp and preseason got underway, reports began to circulate out of Cincinnati that the rookie receiver was struggling with drops, though his coach, Zac Taylor, was perhaps less worried than the general public.
Zac Taylor: Ja’Marr Chase drops: I don’t have these concerns. He’s a big man and I have high expectations for him.
Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby).September 6, 2021
Chase stated that it’s not the way the ball is being thrown at him or the person throwing it (former LSU teammate Joe Burrow), that has made a big difference. It’s the ball.
“The ball is different because it is bigger,” Chase said on Bengals.com. It doesn’t have white stripes along the sides so it’s hard to see the ball from the tip. You have to actually look at the string on top of the ball, which can be difficult to find because the whole ball is brown while the six white strings are visible. It is easy to learn to catch, but I have to be patient and get to know what it feels like.
Chase clarified his position on Twitter, however, Thursday afternoon. He stated that while the ball sizes were not the cause of the drop, they are just a difference between the NFL and college.
Chase may have felt that his drop percentage has increased because of another factor.
My drops are not due to me looking in the wrong direction. He said that he meant to look at the ball in and high-point it. Me running ahead of the catch. I did that, and then dropped it. That happened a few times.
Chase dropped early in his season, but it is not clear why.
Chase isn’t fazed by them, even if they do.
Chase stated that while Chase doesn’t blame Chase for sitting in my chair all year, it may have had some to do with the problem. Chase said, “There is a larger ball adjustment so I don’t want to make excuses. But I’ve got to just be a professional and catch the catch.”
Publited at Thu, 9 Sep 2021 16:04:12 +0000