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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase jokes that Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson “stole” his moves while the two were at LSU.
Before the 2022 season starts, there’s a trying conversation among NFL wideouts: who is the best of them all?
The conversation even extends to other positions as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs was asked to rank his top five favorite wide receivers. His brother, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs, topped the list as expected.
But Trevon’s No. 4 pick wasn’t included on the printed list, so he wrote in his name: Ja’Marr Chase. Chase ranked ahead of Diggs’ teammate, CeeDee Lamb.
There’s a reason Trevon and others consider Chase one of, if not the, best wide receiver in the NFL right now. Chase won a host of awards in his rookie campaign, including the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
But there’s something even sweeter that the ever-competitive receiver won: the title for most receiving yards in a rookie campaign, surpassing the record set by former LSU teammate Justin Jefferson a year earlier.
It apparently wasn’t enough for Chase to top Jefferson’s rookie campaign, as he recently insisted he was absolutely superior to Jefferson in an interview with CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco.
“I would say me of course,” Chase said, admitting that Jefferson would also say himself. “He knows it’s not true. He stole all my moves and now he went first in the league and now he looks like his moves. He’s going to hear it, he’ll call me later.”
Ja’Marr Chase is shadowing Justin Jefferson to steal his moves in the NFL
Jefferson has been on his own self-promotional campaign in recent weeks, claiming he’s the NFL’s best receiving talent.
He even went so far as to say that Cooper Kupp is “behind” him, to which Kupp responded that he can “respectfully disagree” with that position.
It turns out that Chase is also hot on Jefferson’s bragging rights, going so far as to say that Jefferson stole his moves and debuted them in the NFL before Chase was drafted.
All jokes aside, Jefferson and Chase (and Kupp, for what it’s worth) enjoyed historic 2021 campaigns. Kupp nearly became the first wide receiver to join the 2,000-yard club with 1,947 yards, winning Offensive Player of the Year honors in addition to winning Super Bowl LVI MVP. Jefferson finished the year with a 1,616-yard season, and Chase broke Jefferson’s 1,400-yard rookie year with a record 1,455-yard season.
Everyone will be subjective — Trevon proved it — but what can be agreed upon is that Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase are the exciting future of the position, and they have LSU to thank for honing their moves.