A common perception of NFL receivers is that if they’re going to make a massive jump to superstardom, it will likely happen during their third season in the league.
But what if you’re a receiver like Ja’Marr Chase and you establish yourself as one of the league’s best during your first two years in the league? You head into your third season with the goal of rewriting the franchise’s record books.
Speaking to the Cincinnati Bengals‘ official website earlier this week, Chase said that one of his goals for the year is to own “every receiver record” that the organization has.
The wish list [of records and goals] he always puts on his mirror heading into Year Three is more franchise oriented.
“Cincinnati stuff. Stuff to have my name written around this whole facility. Every receiver record they have,” Chase told the official Bengals website.
If Chase wants to set the franchise record for receiving yards, he’s going to have to break… his own record. That’s right, in 2021 Chase set the Bengals’ franchise record for most receiving yards in a single season with 1,455.
As for catches, Chase will have to rack up 113 to clear the record of 112 receptions set by T.J. Houshmandzadeh during the 2007 season.
While Chase currently holds the record for the second-most receiving touchdowns in a single season in Bengals’ history with 13, he’s going to have to rack up 18 next year if he wants to break the 1995 record set by George Pickens with 17.
Chase is so talented that if both he and Burrow can stay healthy for an entire 17-game season, all of those records are within his reach.
Heading into the 2023 season, Chase, Joe Burrow, and the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals are expected to be one of the main contenders for the Super Bowl title as their current betting odds only trail four other teams: the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and Buffalo Bills.