Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler room reveals how 2021 NFL Draft prospect Ja’Marr Chase has mastered enough details as a receiver that his game makes a statement.
A player’s game speaks to the observer. The range and style of how a game speaks depend on its depth and breadth of knowledge.
Ask Seattle wide receiver D.K. Metcalf’s game to say something about agility, and the recent tape would sound like David Banner’s alter ego uttering, “Hulk carefu—oops…” However, ask it to tell you about power, coordination, and quick hands, and Metcalf game delivers a concise statement on power and coordination that will be quoted years from now.
Whether or not you can imagine musical accompaniment, Antonio Brown’s game is poetry that’s versatile enough to be paired with a Victor Wooten bassline to win over a crowd at a slam; arranged into a horn-riffing, James Brown-wailing funk masterpiece; or, sizzling hot fire Lil Wayne would spit to a backbeat.
The games of college prospects don’t always speak in complete sentences. Often, it’s the clear utterance of single-word declarations.
Whereas many of his peers have games that are still in the stage of uttering these simple phrases, Ja’Marr Chase’s game is speaking in complete sentences. He is the best receiver that I’ve watched of the 2021 NFL Draft prospects at this early stage of my evaluation of the position.
The video below reveals a receiver who can ask the coverage a question and know when the defender gives an answer, he has a succinct counterargument delivered with panache.
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