5 most valuable Steelers through first quarter of 2020 season

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T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool (11). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Chase Claypool

As far as the most exciting players go, look no further than Steelers star rookie, Chase Claypool. However, his impact stretches far beyond an impressive highlight reel. Though his sample through four weeks has been relatively small, he has been by far the most impressive receiver in a Steelers uniform in 2020.

JuJu Smith-Schuster has had a surprisingly limited role so far this year, while Diontae Johnson – who shows a lot of promise with his ability to separate and make plays after the catch – can’t seem to stay on the field.

Last week against the Eagles, Claypool was targeted 11 times and was terrific with his opportunities – earning 7 catches for 110 yards and finding the endzone 4 times (once on a rushing attempt).

Claypool provided a much-needed spark to this offense thanks to his incredibly rare blend of size, speed, and versatility to line up all over the formation.  The Calvin Johnson comparisons might be a bit premature and unreasonable, but Chase Claypool has given us plenty of reason to believe that he will be a factor moving forward. There aren’t many Steelers more valuable than him so far.