Have the Steelers done it again?
The team that has become noteworthy over the last decade for being able to find talented wide receivers just about anywhere in the NFL Draft might have just one-upped the competition once again.
The Steelers drafted wide receiver Chase Claypool with the 49th overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he was the 11th wide receiver taken off the board.
So far, he’s out-performed nearly all of them. Claypool scored four touchdowns in the Steelers’ Week 5 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, three of them through the air and one on the ground.
Claypool’s four reviling touchdowns on the season leads all rookies, and he’s the only player with more than two. He is fourth in receiving yards and seventh in receptions, and all of that comes despite Claypool entering the season No. 4 on the Steelers depth chart at wide receiver.
“Something like this you can never predict but you know, you always go into the end of the game thinking that you’re gonna have a really big game and you kind of have to keep that mindset throughout the season,” Claypool said after his four-score game. “But I would never predicted this. That was awesome.”
Here’s the wide receivers drafted in the first two rounds this April and how each of them have done so far.
No. 12 LVR Henry Ruggs (6-177-1)
No. 15 DEN Jerry Jeudy (15-234-1)
No. 17 DAL CeeDee Lamb (29–433-2)
No. 21 PHI Jalen Reagor (5-96-0)
No. 22 MIN Justin Jefferson (19-371-1)
No. 25 SFO Brandon Aiyuk (12-153-0)
No. 33 CIN Tee Higgins (16-214-2)
No. 34 IND Michael Pittman, Jr. (9-73-0)
No. 42 JAX Laviska Shenault (23-270-1)
No. 46 DEN K.J. Hamler (6-78-0)
No. 49 PIT Chase Claypool (13-261-4)
Highlights from Steelers Practice 10/22/20
Stephon Tuitt practices his footwork and Minkah Fitzpatrick works on his ball awareness as the Steelers defense prepares for their upcoming matchup with the Tennessee Titans.
Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers
Highlights from Steelers Practice 10/21/20
Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson returns to practice and joins star rookie Chase Claypool by running routes and catching passes on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The Steelers hope to show off their dynamic offense at full strength during the team’s game this Sunday against Tennessee.
Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell Says He’s Never Played with an MVP-Caliber QB
Kansas City running back Le’Veon Bell spoke with the media Wednesday for the first time since signing with the Chiefs and expressed excitement about the chance to play with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but he may have taken a shot at his former teammate Ben Roethlisberger in the process.
“Patty Mahomes, I’ve never played with a player MVP-wise, so it’s gonna be fun,” Bell said. “I think it’s a lot of weapons, it’s gonna be fun for me.”
“Patty Mahomes…I’ve never played with a player MVP-wise so it’s gonna be fun. I think it’s a lot of weapons, it’s gonna be fun for me.”— The MMQB (@theMMQB) October 21, 2020
Le’Veon Bell talks about why he chose the Chiefs
While Bell could just be propping up his new teammate, it does appear that the three-time Pro Bowler has already forgotten just how good he had it as a Pittsburgh Steeler.
Roethlisberger has never won an MVP award, but the future Hall of Famer did post MVP-caliber numbers over the five seasons they spent together in Pittsburgh.
From 2013 to 2017, Roethlisberger passed for 21,221 yards and 138 touchdowns, as the Steelers went a combined 48-24 when he was under center. Bell was a clear beneficiary of Roethlisberger’s production. Not only did he rush for 5,336 yards and 35 scores as a Steelers, but he also caught 312 passes for 2,660 yards and seven touchdowns.
Bell signed with Kansas City last week after being released by the New York Jets following a disappointing 17 games with the franchise. The two-time All-Pro rushed for just 863 yards and three touchdowns as a Jet. He had no rushes over 19 yards while playing under head coach Adam Gase, and did not post a single 100-yard rushing performance in New York.
Pittsburgh selected Bell in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but the two sides were unable to agree to a long-term extension following a productive five years. Bell sat out the entirety of the 2018 season before signing a free agent contract with New York. He is fourth in Steelers history with 5,335 rushing yards and 35 rushing touchdowns