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VIDEO: First Look at Ja'Marr Chase at Bengals Minicamp

Larry Rupp
Cincinnati Bengals fans got their first look at 2021 5th overall pick Ja'Marr Chase at the team's rookie minicamp.
Cincinnati Bengals fans got their first look at 2021 5th overall pick Ja'Marr Chase at the team's rookie minicamp. / Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals saw a lot of improvement in 2020, but still need to put together a better offensive attack if they want to win more games. In fact, Cincinnati ranked No. 29 in the NFL last season scoring just 19.4 points per game with 319.8 total yards per game.

In an effort to address the issue, the Bengals drafted LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and reunited him with his former teammate in quarterback Joe Burrow. Fans got their first look at the explosive playmaker at Cincinnati's rookie minicamp this past week.

Ja'Marr Chase Bengals

Chase could easily become a top target for Burrow next season given his exceptional combination of speed and route-running skills. There is a reason he was the first wide receiver taken off the board this year and why the Bengals opted to take him instead of fixing a different position of need.

The former LSU Tiger racked up 2,093 yards on 107 receptions and scored 23 touchdowns in just two college seasons (24 games played). He showed nothing but consistency and was the team's go-to option in the red zone. He has the frame (6'1" and 200 pounds) needed to play in the NFL and could be just the piece the Bengals are missing on offense.

All of this plays into why Chase is tied for the seventh-best odds to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award at +1500, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. He is a big play waiting to happen and could take on a major role in helping turn this Bengals team around.

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