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Ja’Marr Chase is another solid piece to the puzzle as the Cincinnati Bengals get ready to kickoff the season Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
Chase is a big-name player who could be a solid 1-2 combo with second-year quarterback Joe Burrow — as long as he can see the ball.
Chas has had some problems holding onto the football along with the way, and he’s stated it’s because NFL footballs don’t have the white stripes like they do in college.
“I would just say it’s a lack of concentration. That’s all it was,” Chase said.
“If you look back at it, I jumped in the air when the ball got to me. My eyes weren’t concentrating on the ball. I didn’t keep still, so that makes my eye adjustment for the ball move around and now my eyes get lazy where the balls coming in from.”
One ex-Bengal who is encouraging Chase just to relax and find his rhythm is former wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The former pass catcher says that the Bengals rookie needs to take a deep breath and not think about things.
“Just relax and play and don’t think about it. He says he’s not, but he is. Human nature,” said Houshmandzadeh. “Just work on getting open and creating separation. The rest will come. You know you’re going to catch the ball.”