The transition from college receiver to NFL receiver can be a difficult one. Just ask Ja’Marr Chase. Chase was selected with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2021 Draft and so far, his career has been off to a rocky start. The Bengals rookie wide receiver has been dropping passes in practice and during the preseason.
Chase admits that the biggest adjustments is the way the football looks in college compared to how it looks in the NFL:
Ja’Marr Chase had an interesting excuse for his dropped passes in preseason. 👀 pic.twitter.com/g3apS0bFZ6
— theScore (@theScore) September 9, 2021
“The ball is different because it is bigger,” Chase said, via Bengals.com. “It doesn’t have the white stripes on the side so you can’t see the ball coming from the tip point so you actually have to look for the strings on the ball at the top, which is hard to see because whole ball is brown and you have the six strings that are white. But for the most part, just have to get used to it and find out what I am comfortable with catching.”
Chase also said sitting out the 2020 season has caused him to be a bit rusty.
“I don’t want to blame it on me sitting on my butt the whole year, but it probably had something to do with it, of course,” Chase said. “There’s a bigger ball adjustment, so I don’t want to make excuses but I’ve just got to be a pro and make the catch.”
Chase is going to need to stop making excuses before he even plays one NFL game.
Not a good look.