Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool is making one thing perfectly clear: Do not come at his alma mater.
When former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd posed a question on Twitter Wednesday morning pondering Notre Dame’s legitimacy as a national title contender this year, Houston Texans quarterback and fellow Tiger Deshaun Watson was emphatic with his response.
“Hell no,” Watson responded in all caps.
HELL NO! https://t.co/AnUfr6Mkhn— Deshaun Watson (@deshaunwatson) June 10, 2020
Claypool clearly took offense, replying that he may requests to play some edge rusher when the Steelers and Texans square off on Sunday, Sept. 27.
When we play you … I’m talking to our D-line coach.. and I’m coming off the edge 😂😤 https://t.co/0fXo2YE6xc— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) June 10, 2020
While Claypool definitely has the frame and athleticism to be fearsome pass rusher, defensive coordinator Keith Butler nor defensive line coach Karl Dunbar have given no indication that they also intend to use his services.
The Steelers are set in the edge rusher department, and probably prefer to use his skill set at wide receiver, where he belongs.
Claypool and Watson each played the other’s alma mater once during their collegiate careers, though they never went head-to-head. Unfortunately, Watson takes the bragging rights based on his performance against the Fighting Irish in 2015.
Watson threw two touchdowns and ran for another while racking up 93 yards on the ground in a 24-22 win over No. 6 Notre Dame.
Claypool’s lone outing against Clemson did not go as well, as he caught just two passes for eight yards in a 30-3 drubbing in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinals.
Still, it is great to see Claypool protecting his school, showing more evidence of the blocking prowess that caught the Steelers’ eye.
Blocking is fun too .. 😅 pic.twitter.com/QOy9j4rRWa— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) October 30, 2017