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 kicks off, there’s a testy conversation among NFL wideouts: who’s 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 why Trevon and others consider Chase one of, if not the, best wide receivers in the NFL right now. Chase won a bevy of accolades 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, besting the record that former LSU teammate Justin Jefferson set a year earlier.
Apparently, topping Jefferson’s rookie campaign wasn’t enough for Chase, as he recently insisted that he was definitely superior to Jefferson in an interview with CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco.
“I would say me of course,” Chase said, and admitted that Jefferson would also say himself. “He knows that’s not true. He stole all my moves and now he went first in the league, and now it looks like his moves. He is going to hear it, he going to call me later.”
Ja’Marr Chase shades Justin Jefferson for stealing his moves in the NFL
Jefferson has been on his own self-promotional campaign in recent weeks, claiming that he is the NFL’s top receiving talent.
He even went as far to say that Cooper Kupp is “behind” him, to which Kupp replied that he can “respectfully disagree” with that take.
It turns out that Chase is also bristling at 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 the Offensive Player of the Year award in addition to winning Super Bowl LVI MVP. Jefferson finished the year with a 1,616-yard season, and Chase bested Jefferson’s 1,400-yard rookie year with a record-setting 1,455-yard season.
Everyone is going to be subjective — Trevon proved that — 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.