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Steelers Rookie Chase Claypool Learning as He Goes

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Chase Claypool’s burst onto the scene as an NFL rookie has been a dramatic one, as the Steelers second-round pick is the AFC Offensive Player of the Week and the highest-scoring receiver in the entire 2020 NFL Draft class after his four-touchdown performance against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday.

But Claypool has already made a career of being an under-the-radar kind of player.

When he was first getting recruited coming out of Western Canada, he didn’t know that much about American college football. When a Notre Dame recruiter called him for the first time, he didn’t know anything about the historic midwestern school.

He’d never even seen Rudy, only deciding to download the film for the flight to take his official visit.

Claypool learned and the Irish learned that the unheralded prospect with subpar knowledge of Division I football programs certainly belonged at the level. He was a four-star prospect coming to Notre Dame and had to wait his turn, playing special teams for most of his first two years in South Bend.

But when he got his chance to shine as a senior, he exploded for over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns.

It doesn’t seem like he’ll have to wait nearly as long to make an impact at the NFL level, but that doesn’t mean that he’s any more well-versed in the annals of Steelers history.

Asked about the team’s rivalry with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday, Claypool said he’d “have to watch a 30 for 30 or something” to brush up on the history of the game.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 10/22/20

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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.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 10/21/20

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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.

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Le’Veon Bell Says He’s Never Played with an MVP-Caliber QB

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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.”

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

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