For the second time this season, Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase wins the Pepsi Zero Rookie of the Week award.
Chase was rewarded for his performance in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers where he made six catches for 159 yards, highlighted by a 70-yard touchdown.
Chase and quarterback Joe Burrow haven't missed a beat in 2021 connecting for 456 yards and five touchdowns through five weeks. Chase is the third rookie since at least 1990 with at least five receptions in his team's first five games, joining Randy Moss (1998) and Calvin Ridley (2018).
Chase has lit up the record books so far in his young career. Here's a rundown of some of his accomplishments to this point in the season.
- Chase leads all rookies in both receiving yardage (456) and TDs (five). Among all players, he is seventh in receiving yards and tied for second in receiving TDs.
- He leads the NFL in receptions of 40 yards or longer (four), and is tied for seventh in receptions of 20 yards or longer (seven).
- He is one of just 11 rookies ever with at least five TD catches in their first five games. The last to do so was Washington WR Terry McLaurin in 2019.
- He is one of just five rookies in NFL history to record at least 50 receiving yards in each of their first five games. He joins Detroit's Earl McCullouch (1968), New England's Terry Glenn ('96), Washington's Terry McLaurin (2019), and Dallas' CeeDee Lamb ('21).
- He is one of two players in NFL history with a reception of at least 30 yards in each of their first five career games. Detroit WR Earl McCullouch, who at one time was the world-record holder in the 110-meter hurdles, did it in 1968.