Claypool hauled in six of his nine targets for 52 yards in Wednesday's 19-14 win over the Ravens.
Claypool failed to reach the end zone Wednesday after scoring three touchdowns over the past two weeks, but he topped 50 yards for a fourth consecutive week. The rookie was only on the field for 62 percent of the team's snaps, but he's gotten his fair share of targets recently while generating consistent production for the Steelers.
Claypool caught four of eight targets for 59 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-3 win against Jacksonville.
JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a toe injury Sunday, and though the team indicated he could have returned to the contest in a pinch, he was ultimately rested late in the game as Pittsburgh carried a substantial lead. That development opened up additional opportunities for the rookie out of Notre Dame, as he came down with his third TD catch of the past two weeks. Claypool's TD production is a key reason for why he's planted his name in the Offensive Rookie of the Year discussion, as he already has 10 scores (eight receiving, two rushing) on the season with six games still to play. A Week 12 matchup against Baltimore hampers expectations, as the Ravens are allowing the eighth-fewest yards per target to opposing wideouts on the year (7.8).
Claypool recorded four receptions on 10 targets for 56 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10 against the Bengals.
Claypool wasn't particularly efficient with his targets, as he converted only one of his first five opportunities into a reception. However, he continued to use his big frame to excel near the goal line, leaping over a defender for an 11-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. He followed that up with another score on the next drive, working over the middle and diving into the end zone for a two-yard touchdown. Despite relatively modest yardage totals, Claypool now has nine total touchdowns on the season and has commanded double-digit targets in consecutive games. He'll face an exploitable Jaguars' secondary in Week 11.
Claypool caught eight of 13 targets for 69 yards in Sunday's 24-19 win over the Cowboys. He also carried the ball once for four yards.
Ben Roethlisberger attempted 42 passes in the comeback win, and Claypool set a new career high in targets as a result. The high volume didn't result in huge production, however, as the QB made sure all his main options stayed involved -- Claypool and Diontae Johnson each saw double-digit targets, but it was JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Eric Ebron who got into the end zone. Claypool will look to make a bigger impact in Week 10 against a vulnerable Bengals defense.
Claypool reeled in five of his nine targets for 42 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 28-24 win against the Ravens. He also lost one fumble.
Boosted by an incredible 116-yard, four-touchdown performance Week 5 against the Eagles, Claypool has posted six touchdowns over his past four appearances. Though he finished third among Steelers pass-catchers in receiving Sunday, the rookie's target total paced the team, an encouraging signal of his ongoing fantasy potential. A Week 9 matchup against the Cowboys provides ample opportunity for Claypool to continue his scoring spree, as Dallas entered Sunday allowing an NFL-high 12 receiving TDs to opposing wide receivers.
Claypool hauled in his lone target for minus two yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Titans.
Claypool took the field for 65 percent of the snaps on offense Sunday, but his target share diminished with Diontae Johnson (ankle) back in action. The 2020 second-round pick was used as a decoy in several goal-line situations but touched the ball only once against Tennessee. While Claypool's playing time remained steady, his production took a significant hit with all of the Steelers' receivers healthy for most of the game. The ankle injury suffered by Johnson in the fourth quarter of Sunday's contest isn't expected to jeopardize his status for Week 8, and Claypool will have a tough test as he attempts to regain significant production against the stingy Ravens defense.
Claypool caught all four of his targets for 74 yards in Week 6 against the Browns. He also chipped in two rushes for seven yards and a touchdown.
The Steelers had a fairly even distribution of targets between Claypool, James Washington, Eric Ebron and JuJu Smith-Schuster. However, Claypool led the team in receiving yards, turning in chunk gains of 36 and 23 yards. His trip to the end zone came on a sweep out of the backfield from the three-yard line late in the third quarter. Even if Diontae Johnson (back) is healthy enough to return in Week 7 against the Titans, Claypool has likely showcased enough skill to keep a significant role in the Steelers' offense going forward.
Claypool is expected to get the majority of reps at wide receiver in tandem with JuJu Smith-Schuster on Sunday against the Browns with Diontae Johnson (back) ruled out, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
Claypool will have a golden opportunity to build on last week's breakout four-touchdown performance against a Browns defense that's allowing the third-most passing yards in the league. Those who were lucky enough to scoop the rookie off the waiver wire should feel confident about plugging Claypool right into starting lineups in this favorable matchup.
Claypool recorded seven receptions on 11 targets for 110 yards and three touchdowns in Week 5 against the Eagles. He also added three rushes for six yards and another score.
Claypool took over as the Steelers' top receiving option after Diontae Johnson exited the game in the first quarter with a back injury. His first trip to the end zone came on a two-yard rush late in the first quarter. Claypool then added a trio of receiving scores, coming from 35, 32 and five yards away. Prior to this contest, he had earned no more than four targets in any game. However, if Johnson remains sidelined for the team's Week 6 matchup against the Browns, Claypool should remain in line for an increased role.
Claypool caught one of his four targets for a 24-yard gain during Sunday's 28-21 win over the Texans.
Ben Roethlisberger took a number of deep shots to his rookie wideout during Sunday's win, but it was a screen pass that helped to put the game on ice. Claypool collected a quick toss from Roethlisberger on a third and nine with just over two minutes to go and made two defenders miss as he streaked down the left sideline for a near-touchdown. Following his 88-yard, one-TD performance in Week 2, Claypool's statistical output against the Texans pales in comparison, but at least the rookie was still able to have a meaningful impact during crunch time. He now prepares for a Week 4 matchup against a Titans defense that ranks among the NFL's worst units with 546 receiving yards allowed to opposing WRs.
Claypool caught all three of his targets for 88 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 26-21 win over the Broncos.
Claypool provided one of the highlights of the day when he caught a deep pass from Ben Roethlisberger and raced down the sideline for an 84-yard touchdown. The rookie made an impressive deep catch in the season opener and appears to already have developed a downfield rapport with Roethlisberger. He was also used on a couple of shorter passes around the line of scrimmage, indicating that the coaching staff is interested in getting him the ball in multiple ways. There are still many other mouths to feed among Steelers skill position players, but Claypool is at least proving himself capable of delivering when his number is called. He will remain a big-play dependent option in next Sunday's matchup with the Texans.
Claypool caught both his targets for 38 yards and ran once for eight yards in the Steelers' 26-16 Week 1 win over the Giants on Monday.
The rookie caught a 28-yard pass on Pittsburgh's second possession to set up their first score of the game. He had just one other target all game, taking a back seat to JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington who combined for 16 of Ben Roethlisberger's 31 targets on the night. Surprisingly, Claypool ran for eight yards on the second-to-last snap of the game, suggesting Pittsburgh may look for more ways to get the ball in his hands in the future.
Claypool has been consistently impressive at training camp, according to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.
The rookie's teammates seem to agree, with TE Eric Ebron tweeting that Claypool will be "a PROBLEM in this league," while LB Keith Davis noted that the second-round pick has bounced back after struggling with drops early in camp (per Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com). In fantasy terms, Claypool has generally been viewed as more of a stash/prospect, given that he only had one big season at Notre Dame and was then drafted by a team with JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson (undisclosed) and James Washington already on the depth chart. It's still true that the path to snaps and targets appears difficult, but Claypool could force his way into the picture, or an injury could open something up. For what it's worth, Johnson had sports hernia surgery this past winter and has been held out of practice for undisclosed reasons since the middle of last week.
Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner anticipates using Claypool as an outside receiver, ESPN.com's Brooke Pryor reports.
Prior to the draft, there was talk of Claypool being used as a flex tight end or oversized slot receiver, but it sounds like the Steelers will initially deploy their second-round pick as a traditional wideout. His path to playing time appears tricky on a team with JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and James Washington, not to mention Eric Ebron and Vance McDonald at tight end. If nothing else, the Steelers might consider using Claypool as a red-zone weapon to take advantage of his 6-foot-4, 238-pound frame. He also ran the fastest 40-yard dash among Pittsburgh's wide receivers -- a 4.42 40 at the combine in February.
The Steelers selected Claypool in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 49th overall.
Claypool (6-foot-4, 238) could play either or both of tight end and wide receiver for the Steelers, who for now have Eric Ebron and Vance McDonald atop their tight end depth chart. Claypool probably can't compete with Pittsburgh's top three receivers (JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, James Washington), but with a 4.42-second 40 the former Notre Dame standout offers rare speed for his hulking frame. Claypool's owners might want to hope for tight end eligibility -- there's a lower standard of production at that position -- but Claypool figures to play both tight end and receiver for the Steelers depending on the situation.
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|2||Sun 09/20||vs DEN||W 26-21||3||88||29.3||84||1|
|3||Sun 09/27||vs HOU||W 28-21||1||24||24.0||24||0|
|5||Sun 10/11||vs PHI||W 38-29||7||110||15.7||35||3|
|6||Sun 10/18||vs CLE||W 38-7||4||74||18.5||36||0|
|7||Sun 10/25||@ TEN||W 27-24||1||-2||-2.0||-2||0|
|8||Sun 11/01||@ BAL||W 28-24||5||42||8.4||10||1|
|9||Sun 11/08||@ DAL||W 24-19||8||69||8.6||14||0|
|10||Sun 11/15||vs CIN||W 36-10||4||56||14.0||15||2|
|11||Sun 11/22||@ JAC||W 27-3||4||59||14.8||31||1|
|12||Wed 12/02||vs BAL||W 19-14||6||52||8.7||22||0|
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