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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.

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Patriots Called Team That Needs 3-Time Pro Bowler The Most

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Are the New England Patriots set at wide receiver? The team traded for DeVante Parker during the offseason, and he appears to be solidifying himself as the top option for Mac Jones.

The Patriots also selected speedy wideout Tyquan Thornton in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Add to that duo the returning Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne, and there is no doubt that the Patriots wide receiver room looks a lot better ahead of this year than it did last season.

Still, some believe the Patriots are in “need” of a big-name receiver who could add even more punch to a seemingly improved passing attack. Bucs Report and FanSided’s Bobby Thompson calls the Patriots the team that “needs” free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. the most.

The one team that NEEDS WR Odell Beckham Jr the most is the #Patriots.

— Bobby Thompson (@BThomps81) August 7, 2022

Is Odell Beckham Jr. Healthy?

The biggest question any team should have when considering signing Beckham is whether he’s healthy enough to contribute this season. Beckham tore his ACL during the Super Bowl in February while playing for the champion Los Angeles Rams. We’re just 7 months removed from the injury.

According to Kettering Health, it takes nine to 12 months for an athlete to recover from a torn ACL. That would mean Beckham shouldn’t be expected on the field before October or November.

That’s not a death wish for Beckham’s season, but he’d have to learn a new system and quickly attempt to establish some chemistry with his new quarterback. All of those things can be easier said than done. It’s unclear how healthy Beckham is, but a recent Instagram post shows he’s in phenomenal shape. The 29-year-old is carrying some serious upper-body muscle.

Let’s just say it won’t be an easy task for any cornerback trying to jam Beckham at the line of scrimmage. In the lengthy caption for this photo, Beckham opens up about the injury, battling depression and now being ready to overcome the hardships.

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What Odell Beckham Jr. Could Bring to the Patriots?

If healthy, Beckham proved in 2021 that he can still be a major weapon for an NFL team. After joining the Rams midseason, after being released by the Cleveland Browns, Beckham played in 8 regular season games for Los Angeles.

In those contests, Beckham hauled in 27 receptions for 305 yards and 5 TDs. He was even better in the Rams’ four postseason contests. In wins over the Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, and Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI, Beckham had 25 receptions for 316 yards and 2 TDs. One of those scores came in the Super Bowl, where he may have been on his way to MVP honors had he not suffered the torn ACL.

If Beckham joined the Patriots, he’d likely play the outside opposite Parker, giving them two formidable options with Meyers or Bourne working out of the slot. That group, which would also be boosted by Thornton’s speed and big-play ability, would give opposing defensive coordinators a little to think about as they prepare for New England.

Would Odell Beckham Jr. and Mac Jones Mesh Well?

Some may be concerned that Beckham’s personality is too big for Jones. After all, Beckham’s soured relationship with now-former Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield seemed to be a major reason for the team’s overall implosion in 2021.

We don’t know how or if that union would work in harmony. However, Bill Belichick is one of the NFL’s strongest leaders and managers of personalities. Also, Jones has matured, and his confidence has grown since his rookie season. If New England elects to pursue Beckham as they did in 2021, things are expected to fall into place.

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