The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac expects the Steelers to get WR Chase Claypool involved in the offense "quickly." Dulac calls the rookie 1 of the stars of training camp. Claypool figures to open the season as Pittsburgh's #4 WR behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and James Washington -- although we could see him eat into Washington's snaps. We'll keep an eye on Claypool's playing time early on.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson missed his 5th straight day of practice Monday, according to DKPittsburghSports.com. Johnson sustained an "apparent calf injury" and has yet to take the field since. The team hasn't announced any specifics, and it doesn't seem we need to worry too much about this issue yet. But we'll certainly monitor Johnson's status and watch for his return. Missing significant time would increase opportunity for WRs James Washington and Chase Claypool.
Steelers WR James Washington has been placed on the COVID list. A prolonged absence might give rookie Chase Claypool a chance to claim Pittsburgh's #3 WR job, which belongs to Washington for now. We'll see when he's able to get back on the field. RB Jaylen Samuels was also placed on the COVID list.
The Steelers drafted Notre Dame WR Chase Claypool in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He was notably announced as a WR. That’s where he played in college, but many scouts think he’d be better at TE. Claypool brings a freaky combination of size and athleticism. The 6’4, 238-pounder clocked a 4.42-second 40 time with a 40.5-inch vertical at the Combine. He finished with a 98th percentile SPARQ score. We didn’t see that level of athleticism on tape, though. It takes him a while to get to full speed, and he’s a bit lumbering when changing direction. On the plus side, he’s strong in contested situations and is tough to bring down after the catch. Claypool will battle with Diontae Johnson and James Washington for snaps behind JuJu Smith-Schuster.