Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Steelers’ Chase Claypool says he’s a top-three receiver in the NFL, gives out his stat projections for 2022

The Pittsburgh Steelers are entering a new era in 2022 without Ben Roethlisberger, but they hope Mitchell Trubisky and Kenny Pickett will be able to make a successful transition under center with the weapons Pittsburgh has placed around them. The Steelers have a rising star in the backfield in Najee Harris and also added a couple intriguing receivers in the draft, but the No. 1 wideout on the outside will be Chase Claypool.

The second-round pick out of Notre Dame burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2020, catching 62 passes for 873 yards and nine touchdowns. He took a small step backwards in his second season, catching 59 passes for 860 yards and just two touchdowns, but Claypool is confident Year 3 will be his breakout season.

During an appearance on the I AM ATHLETE podcast, Claypool talked about the upcoming 2022 season, and said he knows he’s a top-three receiver in the league.

“My second year, I was a better football player than I was my first year,” Claypool said. “The plays just didn’t work out, some of the plays didn’t go my way, I didn’t make some plays I needed to make. But as a football player, understanding the game, knowing what to do, knowing where to be, I was better. So I’m gonna be better this year. 

“I know for a fact, I’m not like the rest of the guys in the NFL. I know I’m a top-five receiver. I know I’m a top-three receiver.”

When Claypool was asked to predict his “numbers” for next year, he responded, “We’re gonna go 1,300 (receiving yards), 10-plus (touchdowns).”

“When I’m working, I’m like ‘Aw, I’m a dog,'” said Claypool. “I’m gonna dog people lined up across from me, too. And I just gotta bring that confidence, and I gotta bring that spirit and I just gotta show the people, and it’s gonna happen. And we’re gonna rewind this and we’re going to see this clip in a little bit and they’re gonna be like, ‘Damn, he was right.'”

The soon-to-be 24-year-old is undoubtedly a talented up-and-coming wide receiver in the NFL, but he’s confident he’s going to prove he’s one of the best in the league at his position in 2022. 

Related articles



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share article

Latest articles


Subscribe to stay updated.