Expectations seem to be everywhere for Chase Claypool entering his rookie season. Some expect his to compete for a starting spot on the outside, others see him as a package slot WR, while others think he won’t see the field at all. More than likely, he will see some early packages in the red zone before eventually working his way onto the field elsewhere.
Week 12 against the Ravens seems like an optimal time for Claypool to have his big game. While he has already amassed eight catches and 106 yards, he finally gets his chance to shine in the rematch with the Ravens. A high scoring game, Ben Roethlisberger has to keep pace with the Ravens through the air. Having barely been a factor on offense so far, the Steelers surprise the Ravens with Claypool.
It starts early, on the Steelers third play on offense when Claypool does a nice double move and uses his athleticism to blow past Marcus Peters for a 63-yard TD. That isn’t the end of his day, as he amasses another four catches before the half, equaling a stat line of 4 catches for 93 yards and a TD.
The Ravens shift their focus to Claypool after the half, only giving up another catch for seven yards. As the game rolls on, the Ravens notch a 27-24 lead over the Steelers. On the final drive, the Steelers march down to the Ravens eight-yard line. Claypool lines up in the slot over Tavon Young, and on a slot fade, bullies the smaller CB for his second TD of the day, as well as the game-winning TD. On the day, he logs 6 receptions for 108 yards and 2 TDs. On top of this, he showcases versatility, winning both with his athleticism and physicality in the game.