Chase Claypool has finally had his 'Welcome to Pittsburgh Moment.' Ben Roethlisberger threw an 84-yard Touchdown to Claypool against the Broncos this afternoon and it was beautiful to see! His 84-yard reception is tied for fourth-longest in Steelers Franchise History. The Steelers started their drive on the the16-yard line when Ben Roethlisberger threw the Touchdown pass to Claypool. It was right on the money for the rookie. This gave the Steelers a 14-3 lead.
Ben Roethlisberger has praised Chase Claypool throughout camp. Ben feels he trusts Claypool a lot. The Steelers quarterback says Claypool will not be able to sneak up on anyone in the NFL because people are talking about him and deservedly so.
"Yeah, he's shown a lot in camp so far that he can be trusted," Roethlisberger said of Claypool. "He gets to the place he's supposed to be. He makes plays. Kind of threw it up for him knowing that's it kind of a 1-on-1 ball and he went up and made an unbelievable catch. I haven't gotten to see it yet because it's on the sideline and you don't see the play up close, but the fact that he went up on a defender, kept two feet in bounds, that's a big play for us."
“Well, I always get caught trying to spread too much praise to rookies because I want them to sneak up on other people, but it doesn’t look like Chase Claypool is going to be able to sneak up on anybody right now because people are talking about him and deservedly so.”
Claypool is 3 of 3 with 88 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos. There will be no waiting for Claypool to develop in Pittsburgh. They are throwing him to the wolves and have high expectations for the former Notre Dame wide receiver. Ben says, Claypool doesn't ask a lot of questions. Claypool says he's always got it when Ben asks if he is ok.
'He’s just making plays. I think the plays that he’s making are impressive, but I think, to me, what’s more, impressive is that he doesn’t ask a lot of questions, which means he knows his stuff. I can change a play with a hand signal or call a different play at the line of scrimmage, and I always check him like, 'Are you good?' he’s like 'I got it.'"
Chase showed up in Week 1 and went for 2-2 for 39 yards. He is now 5-5 in two games with 127 receiving yards. Not one drop by the rookie. He has caught everything that has come his way from Ben Roethlisberger. If Chase Claypool continues how he is playing he will become the next Star in Pittsburgh.