Pittsburgh Steelers rising WR Chase Claypool joined one of the most prominent podcasts, “I Am Athlete”, and spoke his truth. There’s no secret over the years the Steelers have become a producer of talented WRs. They’ve developed a list of HOFers, as well as, future HOFers at the WR position. However, in the episode, Claypool made what appears to be an outrageous claim. While there’s no way to truly tell for sure until the future unfolds, currently, this statement holds as an “outrageous” claim.
“I’m going to say, my second year, I was a better player than I was my first year,” Claypool said. “The plays just didn’t work out, right? Some of the plays just didn’t go my way. I didn’t make some plays I need to make. But as a football player, understanding the game, knowing what to do, knowing where to be, I was better. So I’m going to be better this year.
“And just like you said, understanding I’m not normal — I feel that way when I’m on the field. I know for a fact I am not like the rest of the guys in the NFL. I’m a top-five receiver. I know I’m a top-three receiver.”
Why Does Chase Claypool Believe This to be True?
While there’s nothing wrong with having confidence, there’s just a thin line between reality and hopefulness or delusion. Claypool may not even be considered a top-three WR in his division (AFC North) let alone the entire NFL. He will have an opportunity to prove many wrongs, however, based on his production this is highly unlikely. Claypool went on to further his point on why he believes he should be considered one of the best in the NFL, reported Myle Simmons for NBC Sports.
“When I’m working, I’m like, ‘I’m a dog.’ I’m gonna dog people that are lining up across from me, too,” Claypool said. “And I’ve just got to bring that confidence and I’ve got to bring that spirit and I’ve just got to show people. And it’s going to happen.”
In his first two seasons, he’s recorded 62 catches for 873 yards with nine touchdowns as a rookie. However, the following season he seems to struggle only scoring two touchdowns and recording 59 catches for 860 yards. An immediate drop-off can be contributed to his different styles in QB play and the style of playcalling that transitioned from his rookie season to his second year in the NFL.
This upcoming season, he will have Mitchell Trubsiky and possibly rookie QB Kenny Pickett throwing the ball to him. The results may not factor into his argument, however, only time will tell.
Do you guys believe he will prove doubters to be wrong or right?