4 breakout candidates for the Pittsburgh Steelers during 2021 season

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers WR Chase Claypool

Some might already claim that Chase Claypool broke out as a rookie in 2020, and I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with that. However, I feel like the young wide receiver could reach new heights in 2021.

Claypool wasn’t the most consistent receiver in the league last year, but he certainly was explosive and his ability down the sidelines helped stretch defenses and take some pressure off Ben Roethlisberger.

If Ben’s arm has strengthened with more time removed from a serious elbow injury and if the running game can get going this year, there’s even more reason to believe that Claypool could greatly outperform his accomplishments from his rookie season.

Diontae Johnson has been Roethlisberger’s favorite target when he’s on the field, but Claypool could potentially carve out an even greater market share for targets this season. With a young, talented group of receivers that could feed off each other, the sky is the limit for Claypool this season.

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The 2020 draft class was terrific for the Steelers, and these second-year players could be exactly what Pittsburgh needs in a closing Super Bowl window. Look for them to make a big impact this year.