Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson burst onto the scene 2020, finishing with the second-most receiving yards by a rookie in NFL history (1,400). But Jefferson's mark only stood for one season, as he was quickly surpassed by his college teammate, Ja'Marr Chase.
Chase lit the world on fire this year, recording 1,455 receiving yards while serving as the No. 1 target on a deadly Cincinnati Bengals' passing attack. He likely would've shattered Bill Groman's all-time record (1,473 yards) had Chase played more than 5 snaps in his final regular-season game.
He may have missed out on the record, but we think he'll settle for a shot at the Lombardi in Super Bowl LVI. And the 21-year-old may do more than just that, as he's a really compelling bet to take home MVP honors.
Ja'Marr Chase Super Bowl MVP Odds
FanDuel Sportsbook lists Chase at +2500 to win the award, giving him the fifth-best odds among all players and the second-best odds among all Bengal players. It's not hard to see why.
The 2019 Biletnikoff winner dominated all throughout the regular season, but he's been particularly dynamic recently. Throwing out that Week 18 game because he only played 5 snaps, Chase is averaging 134.0 receiving yards per game with 4 touchdowns over his last five outings.
The last two wideouts to win Super Bowl MVP, Julian Edelman and Deion Branch, took home the honors after posting some pretty similar stat lines. Edelman won with 10 catches for 141 yards back in Super Bowl LIII, while Branch won in Super Bowl XXXIX with 11 catches for 133 yards. Neither player found the end zone.
Has a Rookie Ever Won Super Bowl MVP?
History is working against Chase, since a rookie has never been named Super Bowl MVP. Tom Brady and Kurt Warner probably came closest, winning the award in their first seasons as a full-time starter, but both players were technically in year two of their careers.
If Chase does manage to pull it off, he'd be the youngest Super Bowl MVP in history – by quite a bit. That record is currently held by Marcus Allen, who won at 23 years old. Chase won't turn 22 until March.
But we're talking about one of the most explosive players in football. Chase finished four games with 125-plus yards this season, including two that saw him record more than 200.
If his numbers look anything like that in the Super Bowl, Chase could be setting yet another NFL record Sunday evening.
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