Chase Claypool named AFC Offensive Player of the Week
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Chase Claypool won AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his four-touchdown performance against the Eagles on Sunday. Claypool had seven receptions for 110 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed in for a score on a 2-yard run.
Claypool became the first rookie in Steelers history to have four touchdowns in a game and was the first Steeler to score four touchdowns in a game since when Roy Jefferson did it against Atlanta on Nov. 3, 1968. Claypool became the third rookie wide receiver in NFL history to have four touchdowns in a single game; joining Jerry Butler (1979) and Harlon Hill (1954).
"That last touchdown, a perfect example, changed the play, and he makes it happen," Ben Roethlisberger said of Claypool. "I just have to give him a little bit of a cue on it, and it's awesome. I'm just really proud of the way that he's playing right now.
"He works. He works hard. He doesn't make a lot of mistakes. I've said this numerous times. If he does make a mistake, he won't make the same one twice, and I think that says a lot about a young guy."
Through four games, Claypool has 13 receptions for 261 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 20.1 yards per reception. He leads the team in receiving yards and touchdown receptions, along with having a rushing score, which brings his total to five touchdowns.
It's the third time this season that a Steeler has been honored for a league award. T.J. Watt won AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 2 performance against the Broncos and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.