Claypool failed to secure either of his two targets during the Steelers' 24-20 loss to the Jets on Sunday.
Analysis: Claypool saw a steady increase in production over the first three weeks of the season, but he was held without a catch against the Jets. He drew a deep target early in the second half, but the pass was ultimately intercepted after being tipped. The Steelers' pass catchers face a tough test against Buffalo next week, but it's possible that rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett draws his first career start after Mitch Trubisky was benched for the second half of Sunday's loss.
Oct 2, 2022 7:19 PM EST
Claypool secured three of six targets for 35 yards and rushed once for 11 yards in the Steelers' 29-17 loss to the Browns on Thursday night.
Analysis: Claypool tied for third in receptions for the Steelers on the night and also drew the third-most targets. The athletic third-year wideout's yardage tally, modest as it was, was a new season high, and he's now logged six targets apiece in each of the first three games. The 24-year-old is averaging only 7.2 yards per reception, however, a far cry from the 14.0-plus yards per catch he's tallied in his first two seasons. Claypool will aim to build on his overall numbers in a Week 4 home matchup against the Jets a week from Sunday.
Sep 22, 2022 9:15 PM EST
Claypool hauled in four of six targets for 26 yards during the Steelers' 17-14 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.
Analysis: Claypool has drawn a consistent number of targets over the first two weeks of the regular season, but he's averaging just 5.5 yards per reception over his first two games catching passes from Mitch Trubisky. The 2020 second-rounder also had six rushes during last week's regular-season opener, but he failed to record any touches on the ground against New England. Although Claypool's consistent target share has been encouraging, his efficiency is a concern in an offense that has failed to top 200 passing yards in either of the first two games of the regular season.
Sep 19, 2022 9:54 AM EST
Claypool caught four passes for 18 yards on six targets and ran for 36 yards on six carries against Cincinnati on Sunday.
Analysis: Claypool's awkward usage was one of the fruits of Mitch Trubisky's horrifically bad quarterback play, leaving Claypool with a complete lack of pass-catching opportunity even in a favorable matchup. To get Claypool the ball the Steelers instead had to give him carries, which yielded better results that Claypool's targets. It's not Claypool's fault, but it's a problem that might persist as long as he's subjected to such poor quarterback play. The Steelers face New England in Week 2.
Sep 11, 2022 3:26 PM EST
Claypool isn't in line to play in Sunday's preseason game against the Lions, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Claypool was among a handful of Steelers not in uniform ahead of the team's exhibition finale. The third-year pro thus will be contained to just one appearance during the preseason, as he hauled in his only target from Mitch Trubisky for 29 yards last Saturday against the Jaguars. Claypool now will turn his focus on Pittsburgh's regular-season opener Sunday, Sept. 11 at Cincinnati.
Aug 28, 2022 1:08 PM EST
Claypool recorded one reception on one target for 29 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Jaguars.
Analysis: Claypool won a jump ball for a 29-yard gain on the team's first offensive possession on a pass delivered by Mitch Trubisky. He also appeared to have a 19-yard gain on a pass from Kenny Pickett later in the contest, though the play was canceled out by a penalty. After an uneven second season as a pro, Claypool will look to reassert himself as the Steelers' second receiver behind Diontae Johnson in 2022.
Aug 20, 2022 9:00 PM EST
Claypool said Tuesday that he's fully healthy, after dealing with two shoulder injuries earlier in training camp, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: He got hurt after two practices and missed a week and a half, then suffered another shoulder injury two days after returning to practice. His second absence was shorter -- though it did include Pittsburgh's preseason opener -- with Claypool getting back on the field at camp Monday morning. He now says he's healthy, which means he could play in Saturday's exhibition at Jacksonville. With the Steelers' receiving corps hit hard by injuries, Claypool and rookie George Pickens should get most of the first-team snaps this weekend, assuming both play and the Steelers don't rest starters.
Aug 16, 2022 9:02 AM EST
Claypool (shoulder) participated in Monday's practice session, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Claypool has dealt with a shoulder injury over the first few weeks of camp, but the team doesn't believe that it's a significant issue. The 24-year-old didn't play during the Steelers' preseason opener against the Seahawks on Saturday, and it's not clear whether he was limited at practice Monday. However, it seems unlikely that his injury will impact his availability to begin the regular season.
Aug 15, 2022 8:29 PM EST
Claypool (shoulder) didn't play during the Steelers' 32-25 preseason win over the Seahawks on Saturday.
Analysis: Both Claypool and Diontae Johnson (hip) were in full uniform prior to Saturday's preseason opener, but they were ultimately held out. Claypool has dealt with his shoulder injury over the last few weeks, but coach Mike Tomlin has downplayed the severity of the issue. It's not yet clear whether Claypool's absence Saturday was due to his injury or whether he'll take the field during the Steelers' final two preseason matchups.
Aug 13, 2022 8:25 PM EST
Claypool (shoulder) didn't practice Thursday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Claypool, who has been managing a shoulder issue, was able to practice earlier in the week, so it's possible that his Thursday absence was maintenance-related. Though the Steelers plan to play some of their starters in Saturday's preseason game against the Seahawks, it's possible that Claypool could sit out the contest as a precaution.
Aug 11, 2022 1:19 PM EST
Claypool (shoulder) returned to practice in full pads Monday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Claypool picked up the shoulder issue on Friday, July 29. He appeared prepared to get back on the field last Friday, but the session termed "Friday Night Lights" at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium ended up getting rained out, per Mike Prisuta of the Steelers' official site. It's unclear if Claypool was able to handle every rep Monday, but he's at least on a path to be ready for the team's preseason opener Saturday against the Seahawks, if coach Mike Tomlin makes his top skill-position players available for the contest.
Aug 8, 2022 12:23 PM EST
Claypool (shoulder) remained sidelined at practice Tuesday, Dale Lolly of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Analysis: Claypool continues to deal with a shoulder injury, but Lolley notes that it's not considered a serious issue. Claypool thus remains in the day-to-day category. When available, he and Diontae Johnson profile as Pittsburgh's top two wideouts, with rookies George Pickens and Calvin Austin next up on the team's depth chart.
Aug 2, 2022 11:31 AM EST
Claypool (shoulder) is a non-participant at Saturday's practice, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Analysis: Claypool dinged up his shoulder at Friday's practice, but the general feeling as of now is that it is not anything serious. It would not be a surprise for the Steelers to be erring on the side of caution this early on training camp. Still, consider him day-to-day going forward.
Jul 30, 2022 11:44 AM EST
Claypool sustained a shoulder injury during Friday's practice, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Afterward, coach Mike Tomlin relayed that the wide receiver's shoulder issue is "probably not serious" and at this time the team doesn't have a "high level of concern" regarding the matter. With that in mind, consider Claypool day-to-day.
Jul 29, 2022 1:18 PM EST
Claypool was present throughout the Steelers' offseason program and often served as the leader of the WR group with Diontae Johnson not present for voluntary sessions, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Claypool caught some heat for declaring himself a "top-five" or "top-three" receiver in the league on the I Am Athlete podcast in June, but apart from some overconfidence he seems to be having a good offseason. The 24-year-old wideout has rare physical gifts with 4.42 speed at 238 pounds, but he didn't progress from Year 1 to Year 2, essentially posting the same numbers but with seven fewer touchdowns. While there's a strong chance Claypool deals with subpar QB play again in Year 3, he'll at least get someone with better arm strength than end-of-career Ben Roethlisberger, be it veteran Mitchell Trubisky or rookie Kenny Pickett. The new competition for targets consists of second-round pick George Pickens and fourth-rounder Calvin Austin, rookies who are more likely to replace veteran backups James Washington (now a Cowboy) and Ray-Ray McCloud (49ers) than to challenge Claypool for the No. 2 spot..
Jul 10, 2022 7:05 PM EST
Claypool had three receptions (seven targets) for 25 yards in Sunday's 42-21 loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) returned from injured reserve and cut into the target share of both of Pittsburgh's starting wideouts. Claypool played poorly with the opportunities presented to him, but Ben Roethlisberger's inaccuracy did not help any of his receiving options in his final game before retirement. That was also the story of Claypool's sophomore campaign, as he finished with 59 receptions for 860 yards and two touchdowns across 15 contests, but that came on a mediocre 56 percent catch rate. Perhaps the large-framed wideout can rediscover his rookie magic with a new quarterback under center in 2022.
Jan 17, 2022 1:34 AM EST
Claypool hauled in five of seven targets for 37 yards and a touchdown while rushing three times for 33 yards in Sunday's 16-13 OT win over the Ravens.
Analysis: Claypool caught Pittsburgh's only offensive touchdown in Sunday's overtime victory, and he led the team in rushing yards since the Steelers' game script included several end-around rushes for the second-year receiver. The 2020 second-rounder had somewhat underwhelming results while appearing in 15 games during the regular season, as he secured 59 of 105 targets for 860 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 14 times for 99 yards.
Jan 9, 2022 1:58 PM EST
Claypool caught three of nine targets for 17 yards in Monday night's 26-14 win over the Browns.
Analysis: Claypool has only seen more targets in one game this season, yet his production was restricted on a night quarterback Ben Roethlisberger averaged just 2.7 yards per attempt. Still, the wideout has now managed barely 23 receiving yards per game across his last three appearances, slowing to the campaign's finish line. With only one touchdown all year to boot, Claypool will strive to reverse his fortunes in Week 18 versus the Ravens.
Jan 3, 2022 9:49 PM EST
Claypool caught four passes for 41 yards on six targets against Kansas City on Sunday.
Analysis: Claypool was Pittsburgh's most efficient wide receiver Sunday, but he saw fewer targets than Diontae Johnson (nine) and Ray-Ray McCloud (eight), who respectively produced 51 and 25 yards with their usage. Claypool might have more work to do to get out of coach Mike Tomlin's doghouse, but McCloud's reliably poor returns might give reason for the Steelers to reconsider any punitive playing time reductions to Claypool in the future. Whatever the case, the Steelers face the Browns in Week 17. Claypool caught four passes for 45 yards and ran for 16 yards on two carries when he saw them in Week 8 earlier this year.
Dec 26, 2021 5:42 PM EST
Claypool logged one carry for seven yards and was credited with 12 receiving yards on a lateral in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Titans.
Analysis: Claypool led the Steelers' pass catchers in last week's loss to the Vikings, but he failed to replicate his production in Week 15 as the team struggled to generate much offensive output. The 23-year-old has now secured 18 of 31 targets for 332 yards while rushing five times for 12 yards across the last five games. He has a slightly tougher matchup against Kansas City in Week 16.
Dec 20, 2021 8:33 AM EST
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