Ja'Marr Chase is able to use his speed to work his way open all over the field, whether across the middle or deep. The speed also allows him to pick up a bunch of yards after the catch. Against college competition, he is able to outrun most defenders in the open field.
Chase does a good job of catching passes in a way that allows him to get up the field. He has reliable hands when he finds himself open, but can struggle in tight traffic. Down the field, he can make some contested catches, but needs to work on high pointing the football in jump ball situations.
The ability to escape jams at the line of scrimmage, coupled with his speed and quickness, allows Chase to find himself open anywhere on the field. He can run a variety of routes effectively and makes sharp cuts to help get open.
He is able to go up and make catches down the field since he tracks the ball and positioning of the defender well. However, he needs to be better in situations where it is a jump ball and both players are going up. Being 6'1" also slightly limits his ability to come down with more passes after going up to get them.
Run after Catch
Ja'Marr Chase's speed, elusiveness, and separation he gains during his routes, allows him to gain lots of yards after the catch. In games such as against Vanderbilt in 2019, his run after the catch ability was too much to handle as he ran past the entire defense on multiple occasions.
Catching in Traffic
Though Chase has the ability to bring down some contested balls, he really struggles in highly contested situations, especially at short/intermediate distances with defenders right on his back, he sometimes gets both hands on it and can't haul it in.
Big Play Ability
Chase showed the ability to consistently rip off big plays vs Top 10 teams in 2019. As a threat both down the field and for yards after the catch, Chase can break off big plays at any time, even against elite college corners.
Chase is very good at creating separation down the field and making plays on the ball especially when defenders have their back turned.
Over the Middle
He is solid over the middle, but as mentioned earlier, can definitely improve on catching in tightly covered areas.
Chase has very good speed and quickness which allows him to gain lots of yards after the catch and burst past defenders. He also has sharp route running and is a threat underneath, across the field, and over the top. He is able to make catches in stride and get up the field quickly, in part because of his steady hands. Ja'Marr Chase is very difficult to jam off the line which he showed especially in the National Championship as he torched first round draft pick AJ Terrell and the Clemson defense for over 200 yards. With such great route running and the ability to not get jammed at the line, Chase finds himself running open quite often.
Chase can struggle a bit catching balls in tight traffic even when getting both hands on it. Chase can improve on high pointing jump balls. Sometimes he is still able to make the catch but it will be tougher against better corners at the next level. Needs to put more effort in on a play to play basis, sometimes looked like he wasn't giving full effort.
In one of the best offenses in college football history, Ja'Marr Chase was the most productive receiver for the 2019 LSU Tigers. He amassed 1780 yards receiving at over 20 yards per catch, and had 20 receiving TDs. Chase shined against all competition the Tigers faced including vs Clemson and Alabama. Chase has the making of a very well rounded receiver if he keeps up this level of play and continues to improve. It'll be interesting to see how he manages without Joe Burrow at the helm next season.
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