Ja’Marr Chase has been trending for a few hours on Thursday after he highlighted the key difference between the pro and college game for him and seemed to blame his dropped passes on the stripes of the football.
“The ball is different because it is bigger,” Chase said, via the team’s website. “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.”
“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. 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.”
After seeing his name trend, Chase took to Twitter and blasted the report.
“haha i never said it was hard to catch. they asked me what the difference was in the ball. don’t change my words!!!”
Chase said some of the drops come from him “not looking the ball in.”
“By looking the ball in I’m talking about high-pointing it and watching it and as soon as it hit you looking away. Me running before the catch. Me doing stuff like that and dropping it. I did that a couple times,” he said.
The Bengals took Chase in the first round of the 2021 draft after he sat out of LSU’s season in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The No. 5 overall pick racked up 84 catches, 1,780 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns in 2019 when he helped the Tigers and Joe Burrow win the national championship.