Cincinnati Bengals rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase broke a record set by Randy Moss and joined an exclusive club during his extraordinary first 3 NFL games.
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When an NFL player is discussed in the same sentence as Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss, it’s remarkable. When Ja’Marr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals scored his second touchdown of the game in the team’s 24-10 Week 3 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he passed Moss for the NFL record.
It’s a remarkable achievement for any receiver. It’s particularly noteworthy for a pass-catcher who didn’t get a cold throughout training camp. Chase and his college quarterback-turned-pro-teammate Joe Burrow are now among the league’s most intriguing young quarterback/wide receiver duos. Chase’s performance has also validated his high draft position.
Ja’Marr Chase’s two-touchdown performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers surpassed Randy Moss’ record of two touchdowns in a game.
With two receiving touchdowns today, Ja’Marr Chase became the youngest player in NFL history (and the first 21-year-old) to have four or more receiving touchdowns in his team’s first three games.
@Bengals @Real10jayy__ HOF Randy Moss was the previous youngest player (21) with three reception touchdowns in his team’s first three games.
September 26, 2021 — NFL Research (@NFLResearch)
Randy Moss is regarded as one of the all-time best receivers in NFL history. In the 1998 draft, the No. 21 selection out of Marshall was named to six Pro Bowls and four All-Pro teams. He also five times led the league in touchdowns. This includes his first season, when he had 17 touchdown catches.
Three touchdowns were scored in the first three games.
Moss made his NFL debut in a 31-7 thrashing of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the victory, he caught two touchdown passes from Brad Johnson (48 and 31 yards). Moss made six receptions for 89 yards in Game 2 but was held out of the end zone by the St. Louis Rams. When Randall Cunningham struck him on a five-yard pass in Week 3, the rookie caught his third touchdown of the season.
While Moss dominated the NFL from the start, it wasn’t until his four-catch, four-score (3 touchdowns and a 2-point conversion) performance against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day that he really established himself as a superstar at the age of 21.
In each of his first three games, Chase caught a touchdown pass. With his two touchdowns in Week 3, he became the youngest receiver in NFL history to score four touchdowns in his first three games.
Moss was 21 years and 219 days old when he pulled off the feat. Chase received his at the age of 21 years and 209 days.
Chase became a member of another elite club, but the other members aren’t quite as remarkable.
Ja’Marr Chase became the 10th player since the 1970 merger with at least one receiving touchdown in each of his first three professional games with a 34-yard reception today.
All three touchdown catches have been long (including a 50-yard TD in Week 1 and a 42-yard TD in Week 2) #Bengals @Real10jayy__
September 26, 2021 — NFL Research (@NFLResearch)
Unlike Moss, none of Ja’Marr Chase’s first three opponents have kept him scoreless. That puts him on yet another exclusive list, although one that isn’t quite as remarkable as the one that includes Randy Moss.
Chase became just the 9th player in NFL history to catch a touchdown pass in each of his first three games (or 10th if you include a substitute player in 1987). According to a tweet from Jay Morrison, The Athletic’s Bengals beat reporter, five other wideouts have caught touchdown catches in three games but not in their fourth.
Terry McLaurin (Washington Football Team, 2019), Chansi Stuckey (New York Jets, 2008), Andre’ Davis (Cleveland Browns, 2002), Louis Lipps (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1984), and Daryl Turner (Washington Football Team, 1984) are the players in question (Seattle Seahawks, 1984).
Chase will try to tie two more wide receivers with touchdowns in his first four games this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Martavis Bryant (Steelers, 2014) and Donté Stallworth are two examples (New Orleans Saints, 2002).
The Bengals face the Green Bay Packers in Week 5. The squad next plays the Detroit Lions in Week 6. Most Chase to tie and pass the all-time record for consecutive games with touchdown receptions to start a career, he’ll need scores in all of his remaining games. Charlie Brown of the now-Washington Football Team set the record in 1982.
While all of these rookies have accomplished something remarkable, it does not ensure success. Only Brown and Lipps have made the Pro Bowl, and McLaurin seems to be on his way.
With their first-round pick, the Cincinnati Bengals seem to have made the correct decision.
Cincinnati Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase | Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images
Many people were surprised when the Cincinnati Bengals selected Ja’Marr Chase as the first receiver off the board in the 2021 draft.
One reason is because several analysts predicted Cincy would choose an offensive lineman. Last year, franchise quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending injury as a result of a sack. It would make sense to beef up his defenses. Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater, for example, would have been ideal tackles.
Another factor is that many draft experts had Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith rated higher than the LSU Tigers’ pass-catcher. Chase opted out of the 2020 collegiate season after a successful 2019 season in Baton Rouge, where he headed a WR corps that featured last year’s Rookie of the Year Justin Jefferson and 2021 draft selection Terrace Marshall Jr.
Chase has been the most productive of the first-round receivers so far. With a total of 22 receptions in three games, Waddle is a close second. On those catches, though, he only has 167 yards and one touchdown. Smith had a strong debut, catching six of eight passes for 71 yards and a score. He didn’t accomplish much in Game 2, however.
According to BaltimoreRavens.com, Kadarius Toney of the New York Giants, who has only played 70 snaps in three games, and Rashod Bateman of the Baltimore Ravens, who recently returned to practice after a training camp groin injury, are the other two candidates for top first-round rookie WRs.
Chase has so far made the Cincinnati Bengals’ brain trust seem intelligent. Reuniting him with his college quarterback has resulted in scores and victories, putting the club in a tie for first place in the AFC North at 2-1. The more Chase can be found in the end zone by Burrow, the better the Bengals’ season will be.
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