Ja'Marr Chase

American football player (born 2000)

American football player
Ja'Marr Chase
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Chase with the Bengals in 2021
No. 1 – Cincinnati Bengals
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (2000-03-01) March 1, 2000 (age 24)
Harvey, Louisiana, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, Louisiana)
College:LSU (2018–2020)
NFL draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2021–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Receiving yards:3,717
Receiving touchdowns:29
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Ja'Marr Anthony Chase (born March 1, 2000) is an American football wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU, where he won the Fred Biletnikoff Award and the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship as a sophomore. Selected fifth overall by the Bengals in the 2021 NFL draft, Chase was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and a second-team All-Pro after setting the rookie record for single-game receiving yards en route to an appearance in Super Bowl LVI.

Early years

Chase attended Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, Louisiana, located in suburban New Orleans.[1] During his career, he had 115 receptions for 2,152 yards and 30 touchdowns. Coming out of high school, Chase was a 4 star recruit ranked the nations 84th overall recruit and number 15 receiver prospect.[2] After initially committing to the University of Kansas, and then the University of Florida,[3] Chase committed to Louisiana State University (LSU) to play college football.[4][5][6]

College career

Chase at the White House, 2020

As a true freshman at LSU in 2018, Chase played in all 14 games and made eight starts. He finished the season with 23 receptions for 313 yards and three touchdowns.[7]

Chase returned as a starter in 2019, and that year led the FBS in receiving yards with 1,780 yards on 84 catches (21.2 avg) and 20 receiving touchdowns.[8] His 20 receiving touchdowns set a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record until it was broken by DeVonta Smith the following year.[9] Six times he eclipsed the 100-yard mark and an additional three times he eclipsed 200 receiving yards in a game mark, including a College Football Playoff championship game record 221 yards against Clemson.[10] LSU finished the year undefeated and won the College Football Playoff National Championship.[11] At the end of the regular season, Chase was awarded the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the best receiver in college football.[12] He was also named a unanimous All-American.[13]

A month before the start of the 2020 season, Chase announced that he was opting out to concentrate on his NFL career. His decision was reportedly not specifically due to the COVID-19 pandemic at the time, but rather due to agents having convinced him to sit out his third collegiate season so to not get injured. Chase was assured he would be a top draft pick before the season started. NFL rules state a player can not be drafted until three years after leaving high school.[14]

College statistics

LSU Tigers
Season GP Receiving
Rec Yds Avg TD
2018 10 23 313 13.6 3
2019 14 84 1,780 21.2 20
2020 0 Opted out due to COVID-19
Career 24 107 2,093 19.6 23

Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 0+38 in
(1.84 m)
201 lb
(91 kg)
30+34 in
(0.78 m)
9+58 in
(0.24 m)
4.38 s 1.59 s 2.51 s 3.99 s 7.00 s 41.0 in
(1.04 m)
11 ft 0 in
(3.35 m)
23 reps
All values from Pro Day[15][16][17]


Chase was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals fifth overall in the 2021 NFL draft, reuniting him with his college quarterback Joe Burrow.[18] He became the first player in franchise history to wear the number 1, which was his number in college.[19] Chase signed his four-year rookie contract, worth $30.8 million, on June 2, 2021.[20]

Despite early struggles in the preseason,[21] Chase played his first career regular season game on September 12, 2021, against the Minnesota Vikings, finishing with 101 receiving yards and a touchdown as the Bengals won 27–24 in overtime.[22] Chase caught an additional three touchdown passes over his next two games, making him the youngest player in NFL history to catch four touchdown passes in his first three career games.[23] Chase was named the NFL Rookie of the Month for September after totaling 220 receiving yards and four touchdowns through his first three games.[24]

During the Bengals 25–22 overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers, Chase had 159 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown at the end of the first half, earning him another Rookie of the Week award.[25] During Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens, Chase finished with 201 receiving yards, including an 82-yard touchdown in the Bengals 41–17 win, earning him his first AFC Offensive Player of the Week award.[26][27] His 754 receiving yards set an NFL record for the most receiving yards ever by a player in their first seven career games.[28] On December 22, Chase was announced as a selection for the 2022 Pro Bowl.[29]

In Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Chase totaled 266 receiving yards and three touchdowns during the Bengals' 34–31 division-clinching win.[30] He was named AFC offensive player of the week, his second of the season. Chase's 266 yards not only set a Bengals franchise record for single-game receiving yards, but it also set an NFL record for most receiving yards in a game by a rookie.[31] In Week 18 against the Cleveland Browns, Chase caught two passes for 26 yards before leaving the game, surpassing the Bengals franchise record set by Chad Johnson for most receiving yards in a single season.[32] Overall, Chase finished his rookie regular season with 81 receptions for 1,455 yards (4th in the NFL) and 13 receiving touchdowns (3rd).[33] He was named Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press and the PFWA.[34][35] He was named the Sporting News Rookie of the Year as well.[36]

In the Wild Card Game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Chase had nine receptions for 116 receiving yards and three carries for 23 yards, helping the Bengals win their first playoff game since the 1990 season.[37] In the Divisional Round against the Tennessee Titans, Chase recorded five receptions for 109 receiving yards, making him the youngest player in NFL history to record multiple 100-yard receiving games in a single postseason.[38] In the AFC Championship Game, Chase caught six passes for 54 yards and a touchdown in the 27–24 overtime win against the Chiefs, helping the Bengals advance to Super Bowl LVI, their first Super Bowl appearance since Super Bowl XXIII in 1988.[39] In the Super Bowl, Chase caught 5 passes for 89 yards, but lost 23–20.[40] Chase's 368 postseason receiving yards set a rookie record, breaking the previous record of 242 set by Torry Holt in the 1999 season.[41] He was ranked 24th by his fellow players of the NFL Top 100 Players of 2022.[42]


In Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chase caught ten passes for 129 yards and a game-tying touchdown with no time left in regulation, in the 23–20 overtime loss.[43][44] In Week 6, Chase had his best performance of the season, making seven receptions for 132 yards and two second-half touchdowns in a 30–26 comeback victory against the New Orleans Saints.[45] During this game, Chase suffered a hairline fracture in his hip during a tackle in the end zone.[46] Chase still played the following week against the Atlanta Falcons where he had another two-touchdown game, finishing with 130 yards and eight receptions in the Bengals 35–17 win.[47] Chase left the game right before halftime after aggravating the injury he suffered the previous week. He was ruled out for the next five weeks.[48]

Chase returned in Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs, making eight receptions for 97 yards. The next week against the Cleveland Browns, Chase had his final 100-yard game, finishing with ten receptions for 109 yards, and a touchdown. Chase was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive year on December 22.[49] Despite missing four games from the injury, Chase still finished the season as the team's leader in receptions (87) and receiving yards (1,046),[50]

In the Bengals' Wild Card Round playoff win over the Baltimore Ravens, he was the game's leading receiver with nine receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown.[51] In the Divisional Round game against the Buffalo Bills, Chase caught five passes for 61 yards and a touchdown in the 27–10 victory.[52]


Chase began the season with a combined 70 yards on ten receptions in the Bengals' Week 1 and 2 losses to the Browns and Ravens. He bounced back in Week 3 on Monday Night Football against the Los Angeles Rams, with 12 receptions for 141 yards in the 19–16 win. After a lackluster performance against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4, Chase gave a viral postgame locker room interview stating "I'm open, I'm always fucking open".[53] Chase responded the following week against the Arizona Cardinals by delivering his second best personal performance to date, with 192 yards and three touchdowns on 15 receptions, setting a new Bengals franchise record for single-game receptions, which was previously set by Carl Pickens in Week 6 of the 1998 season; the Bengals went on to win 34–20. He had another 100-yard game with one touchdown in the Bengals' 31-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8.

Chase injured his back during the Bengals' Week 9 victory over the Buffalo Bills on an awkward landing after an attempted diving catch.[54] Nonetheless, he played the next week against the Houston Texans, going for 124 yards on six catches, scoring one touchdown in the 30–27 loss.[55] In Week 13 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chase pulled in 11-of-12 targets for 149 yards, his second best performance of the season, with a highlight of a 76-yard touchdown during the first drive of the second quarter of the 34–31 win. Chase also eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on the season during this game, making it his third straight season over 1,000 yards.

During the Week 15 game against the Minnesota Vikings, Chase injured his shoulder and left the game during the fourth quarter. He was diagnosed with a sprained AC joint and was said to be "day-to-day" by Bengals head coach Zac Taylor. After an MRI, Chase's injury was found to be significantly worse, leading him to miss the following week's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[56]

NFL career statistics

Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Tgt Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2021 CIN 17 17 128 81 1,455 18.0 82 13 7 21 3.0 10 0 2 1
2022 CIN 12 12 134 87 1,046 12.0 60 9 5 8 1.6 6 0 2 2
2023 CIN 16 16 145 100 1,216 12.2 76 7 3 -6 -2.0 2 0 1 0
Career 45 45 407 268 3,717 13.9 82 29 15 23 1.5 10 0 5 3


Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2021 CIN 4 4 25 368 14.7 57 1 6 32 5.3 15 0 0 0
2022 CIN 3 3 20 220 11.0 35 2 1 3 3.0 3 0 0 0
Career 7 7 45 588 13.1 57 3 7 35 5.0 15 0 0 0

Records and achievements

NFL records

  • Receiving yards in a season including postseason by a rookie (1,823, 2021)[57]
  • Youngest NFL player with multiple 100 yard receiving games in a single postseason (2021)[58]
  • Receiving yards in a game by a rookie (266, 2021)[59]
  • Receiving yards in a postseason by a rookie (368, 2021)[60]

Bengals franchise records

  • Receiving yards in a game (266, 2021)[61]
  • Receiving yards in a season (1,455, 2021)[62]
  • Receptions in a game (15, 2023)


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