3 ways Odell Beckham Jr. can benefit the Steelers if claimed
By Kody Duncan
Would keep Chase Claypool in the slot
By adding Odell Beckham Jr. to the offense, Chase Claypool can remain in the slot where I believe he plays best. Since Juju Smith-Schuster’s injury, Claypool has seen increased snaps in the slot position. In the past 2 games, he has had 25 snaps in the slot compared to only 19 in the first 3 games of the season.
This would not only benefit Claypool but the offense because of how big and aggressive Claypool is after the catch. He is averaging 6.8 yards after the catch and would be hard to take down in the middle of the field.
On short passes this year of 9 yards or less, Claypool has 12 catches on 16 targets. This gives him a 75% catch rate. He is averaging 10.3 yards after the catch on short passes and has 8 first downs this year when thrown to him. Having Odell Beckham Jr. and Diontae Johnson out wide while Chase Claypool stays in the slot could make this offense extremely dangerous to the opposing defenses.
We will see if the Steelers think this is the best route for them to take if he goes unclaimed by the time their name gets called. I think it may be worth a shot because of how lackluster the offense has been.