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WRs helping Ja’Marr Chase amid slow start

Ja’Marr Chase’s struggles in his first training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals are well documented. The rookie has struggled to catch the ball during practice and in his first two preseason games.

Fortunately for Chase, he spends every day with two teammates who know what it takes to get through a rough patch. That’s fellow wide receivers Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins. It’s not uncommon for wide receivers to deal with their fair share of drops at some point in their career, Boyd and Higgins admitted on Monday.

There’s a reason why Chase’s teammates and coaches haven’t expressed the slightest of doubt. Boyd seems to think what’s going on with Chase isn’t physical, it’s mental.

“He knows what to do,” Boyd said. “He knows how to run his routes. He’s winning … it’s just he’s overthinking at the catch point. We know and he knows what type of guy he is. It’s more so the mental side. I think he’ll get over that, he’ll start making more plays because we’ll continue to go to him.”

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) works with wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) one on one between plays during a training camp practice at the Paul Brown stadium practice facility in downtown Cincinnati on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021.

Things appear to be trending in the right direction for Chase. The former LSU star didn’t drop a pass during Monday’s practice after a tough outing on Sunday. The Bengals are using the days leading up to their final preseason game as a mock game week. If Chase can continue to put together a strong week of practice, it could go a long way for his confidence level come Sept. 12.


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