Steelers who should be ready for bigger and better things in 2022
Chase Claypool needs to have a bounce-back year for the Steelers
Chase Claypool has gone under the microscope by many fans after a disappointing 2021 season. For whatever reason, he was just not able to produce at the level as his rookie campaign. Perhaps the quarterback play was not the strongest, or maybe it was the dreaded sophomore slump that many talk about.
No matter what happened, this is going to be a big year for Claypool as he looks to bring back his rookie form, or perhaps show a better outing. He has all the tools that every coach is looking for in a receiver today. He is fast and has size that should allow him to make tough contested catches.
The receiving group on the roster has some fresh faces in the group and that could mean a new role with the club. Claypool has been the other outside option opposite Diontae Johnson since entering the NFL. The Steelers might decide to look elsewhere when it comes to where he is deployed.
George Pickens will challenge for the opening at the outside receiver spot, but Claypool might be going somewhere else anyways. The slot role for him might be too good of a mismatch to pass up on. His size and speed could be too much for smaller corners to handle and Pittsburgh might give that experiment a long look.