Steelers report card: Grading each position in win against Eagles

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T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

Wide receivers and tight ends: A

If I were to tell you that JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, and Diontae Johnson would combine for just 51 receiving yards on 10 targets and that Johnson would leave the game early with an injury, you would probably think Pittsburgh’s receivers failed miserably against the Eagles. However, that wasn’t the case.

Thanks to a record-setting performance by rookie Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh’s passing offense was completely received on Sunday. Because of his incredible game, this was the first time the Steelers have scored 30 points in a contest since Week 13 of the 2018 season – 25 games ago.

But Claypool didn’t just impress, he took the NFL by storm. The big receiver turned his 11 targets into 7 catches for 100 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns. Claypool also rushed for a touchdown in this contest – making him the first rookie to score a 3 receiving touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in the same game since at least 1950.

In addition to his performance, Eric Ebron also had a solid showing (despite fumbling on a play that was awfully close to being an incomplete pass). Ebron reeled in 5 of 6 targets for 43 yards and a few key 3rd down conversions. However, Claypool was the story of the day, and for good reason.