5 Steelers who have played surprisingly well during 2020
When Chase Claypool was selected in the second round of the draft, most Steelers fans expected a slow build for him. The team already had three young and talented options ahead of him, so the likelihood that he would see significant playing time seemed unrealistic. A snap here and a snap there maybe, but far less than the 50 percent of the offensive snaps he has played so far. Better yet, he has made the most of those opportunities, snatching six receptions for 151 yards and a score.
While a decent chunk of those snaps came after Diontae Johnson left the Texans game injured, Claypool was still earning more playing time. While his straight-line speed was obvious (his 4.42 forty yard dash time was a huge reason his stock jumped), he has shown some agility and play after the catchability. If that continues to develop, Claypool can be more than a deep threat and red zone target, he could become a top threat in the NFL.
While the rest of the season needs to unfold before the Steelers can crown him as their next gem in a long line of good receivers drafted, Claypool has started the year off on the right foot. On top of his impressive offensive play, he has been one of the better special teams’ defenders, logging four total tackles so far. Special teams won’t be his calling card as his role on the offense develops, but it is nice to see him contribute so positively there. While the season is still young, Claypool is just getting started and could become an all-around threat as he develops during the season.