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Ja’Marr Chase earns Pepsi Zero Rookie of the Week

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) gestures during an NFL football game against...
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) gestures during an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)(Jeff Dean | AP)
Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 2:27 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2021 at 5:29 PM CDT
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CINCINNATI. (WAFB) - The No. 5 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Ja’Marr Chase earned Pepsi’s Zero Sugar Rookie of the Week the NFL announced. Chase the 2019 Fred Biletnikoff Award winner and former LSU Tiger had a breakout game in the Bengals Week One win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The former Tiger currently ranks No. 11 in receiving yards with 101 and leads all rookie receivers in that category. Chase ranks No. 2 in receptions for a rookie former Amite star DeVonta Smith leads all rookies with six catches.

Chase, caught five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, including a 50-yarder late in the second quarter to put Cincinnati up 14-7. The former Tiger caught three passes for 80 yards in the first half.

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There were concerns all off-season about Chase’s ability to catch the ball after dropping several passes. However, the former Archbishop Rummel star had zero drops in his NFL debut and even broke a Bengals record. Chase ended up having the most productive debut by a Bengals rookie in a season opener. He broke the Bengals’ franchise record for receiving yards in a debut, previously set by Jordan Shipley (82 yards in 2010).

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