Ja'Marr Chase Says He 'Wouldn't Mind' a Reunion with Joe Burrow on Bengals

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIMarch 31, 2021

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) celebrates his touchdown reception during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Texas A&M, in Baton Rouge, La. Chase was selected to The Associated Press All-America team, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
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LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase "wouldn't mind" joining forces with his former quarterback, Joe Burrow, on the Cincinnati Bengals

"If we go back together, we're trying to do nothing but get back our chemistry and have some more fun," he said Wednesday, per ESPN's Alex Scarborough

Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick last year, previously shared a similar sentiment about Chase, who is considered a top prospect in the upcoming NFL draft. 

"That's a really good player. It's pretty easy to throw to him when he has five yards of separation every snap," Burrow said in January. "He's an exciting player and a great guy and a friend as well. He was fun to play with."

Chase opted out of the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic but ended on a strong note with the Tigers. He was named the winner of the 2019 Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver in the country, recording 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns on 84 receptions while catching passes from Burrow. 

At LSU's pro day Wednesday, Chase clocked a 4.38-second 40-yard dash and posted an 11-foot standing broad jump and a 41-inch vertical jump. He said his result in the 40-yard dash pleasantly "surprised" him, per Scarborough. 

2020 Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, who posted 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns en route to a perfect, title-winning season with Alabama last campaign, is considered Chase's primary competition to be the first wide receiver off the board April 29.

B/R's Draft Big Board 1.0 released March 2 ranked Chase as the third-best wideout in the 2021 class, while Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus listed Chase and Smith first and second, respectively, at their position last week.

Chase spoke of his desire to be the first wideout off the board. 

"It's very important for me [to be the first receiver picked], not just because I dreamed of it, but I worked my butt off to get here," Chase said, per Scarborough. "I don't want nobody to take that from me. I'm not letting anyone take it from me. So I'm gonna keep working."