Rookie Chase Claypool had a monster game yesterday against the Eagles! He scored 4 touchdowns including the touchdown to seal the win against the Eagles. Just to think he was the 11th wide receiver drafted in the 2020 NFL draft. Claypool fell to the second round and the Steelers drafted him at number 49. What a steal for the Steelers.
Claypool became the first rookie in Steelers Franchise History to score 4 touchdowns as a rookie. Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, and John Stallworth did not even accomplish that. in fact, no Steeler player has had 4 touchdowns in a game since 1968. Claypool's first touchdown came from a 2-yard rush on second and goal at the Eagles two-yard line. The second touchdown came from a 32-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Claypool. Two of Claypool's touchdowns came in the first quarter of the game. The third touchdown came from a 5-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Claypool. Finally, the last touchdown scored by Claypool was in the 4th quarter of the game to seal the win for the Steelers. This was a 35-yard pass from Roethlisberger. Claypool's route chart is insane to see after the game. He was everywhere.
Claypool has averaged 39 yards per catch on 4 touchdowns this season. That's an incredible stat from Pro Football Focus. We said before the season started that Claypool was going to be a stud because of what we were hearing coming out of training camp. Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin were very vocal about how pleased they were with Claypool during camp. That is normally rare from veterans to complement rookies. Although Tomlin didn't give him more praise other than he had a big game yesterday he still seems pleased with how all of the rookies are stepping up for the Steelers and contributing. Can't wait to watch more of Claypool's development throughout the rest of the season.