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Chase struggled with drops in his team’s preseason defeat at the hands of Washington last Friday, dropping all three of his targets — all on third-down attempts by the offense. Those issues continued during a routine Sunday practice.
According to The Athletic’s Jay Morrison, Chase got the first target of 11-on-11 work and dropped a ball that was going right at his chest.
As Paul Dehner Jr. later pointed out, Chase had another big drop in 7-on-7 redzone work, one that resulted in a turnover. He then went to the sideline:
A later reception also featured a bobble, per ESPN’s Ben Baby:
At this point, one could argue it’s a mental thing for Chase, who has never had this sort of problem at any level of the sport. Some of his drop issues last Friday could be attributed to playing with Brandon Allen, an excuse that went out the window on Sunday.
The Bengals have said they aren’t worried about the issues that popped up in the last preseason game, but this sort of trend could see the rookie playing plenty in the team’s preseason finale.