If you were sleeping on Chase Claypool, stop it now.
During the NFL Draft process, some thought it would be best for Chase Claypool to transition over to tight end. Good thing the Pittsburgh Steelers never listed to those evaluators or else they wouldn’t have set a record.
Thanks to Sunday’s 31-yard touchdown catch from Ben Roethlisberger against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the rookie has scored 10 touchdowns through 10 games this season. Claypool officially becomes the first rookie receiver in the Super Bowl era to score 10 touchdowns in 10 games to begin their NFL career.
Claypool also becomes the fourth rookie receiver to ever accomplish this feat, joining the likes of Green Bay’s Bill Howton (1952), Houston Oilers’ Bill Groman (1960) and Chicago’s Harlon Hill (1954). And while JuJu Smith-Schuster’s birthday celebration went viral over the internet, this is a moment the young receiver won’t soon be forgetting.
Claypool is a star in the making
The second-round pick out of Notre Dame has been splashing all season long in the Steel City. Who could forget his four-touchdown game against the Eagles? Or perhaps most remember last week where Roethlisberger connected with him for two scores in the win over the Bengals?
Claypool’s stardom has helped the Steelers begin the 2020 season a perfect 10-0. With his emergence on the outside, Pittsburgh has transformed into one of the top passing offenses despite regression from Roethlisberger due to age. Add in his connection with second-year standout Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster, this could be the top receiving unit in the league.
Moving into the back half of the season, the Steelers will look to be the first team since 1972 to go undefeated. A star-studded defense will help, but the offense continues to be the storyline.
And for anyone wondering, it doesn’t look like Claypool will be slowing down anytime soon.