Wide receiver Chase Claypool originally entered the NFL when the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the second round of the 2020 draft. Per Pro-Football-Reference, Claypool was named to the All-Rookie Team for his work at the during his rookie season, but the 23-year-old had a somewhat disappointing second campaign that he finished with 59 receptions for 860 yards and just a pair of touchdowns.
According to Steelers Depot’s Joe Clark, Claypool was recently a guest on the ‘I Am Athlete’ podcast and explained what he expects of himself ahead of his third professional season, which will also be his first without the future Hall of Famer. Ben Roethlisberger as his full-time quarterback.
“My sophomore year, I was a better football player than I was my freshman year,” Claypool remarked. “The games just didn’t work out. Some parts didn’t go my way. I haven’t made any games. As a footballer, knowing what to do, knowing where to be, I was better. So I’m going to be better this year. I know for a fact that I’m not like the other guys in the NFL. I know I’m a top-five receiver. I know I’m one of the top three receivers.
As shown by ESPN stats, Diontae Johnson led the Steelers last season with 107 catches, 169 targets, 1,161 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. While Claypool’s confidence is commendable, he has a long way to go before he’s the best receiver on his team, let alone one of the best options at that position in the entire NFL.
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