Chase Claypool

Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver #11
Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver #11
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Chase Claypool News

Practices fully

Claypool (toe) returned to a full practice Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: As did QB Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral/right shoulder), which sets the stage for the duo to suit up Sunday against the Ravens. After being inactive in Week 10 due to the toe issue he's still managing, Claypool has logged 91 and 98 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps the over the past two weeks, en route to hauling eight of his 17 targets for 175 yards in that span. As long as he can stay healthy, Claypool is destined to see a steady flow of wideout looks alongside fellow starter Diontae Johnson.

Dec 2, 2021 1:37 PM EST


Listed with toe injury again

Claypool (toe) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Claypool is back on the injury report after a one-week respite, though he's handled full workloads in consecutive games after missing Week 10 with the toe injury. The second-year pro played 91 and 98 percent of offensive snaps the past two weeks, catching eight of 17 targets for 175 yards. Claypool should be able to suit up this Sunday against the Ravens.

Dec 1, 2021 1:05 PM EST



82 yards in blowout loss

Claypool had three receptions (eight targets) for 82 yards in Sunday's 41-10 loss to Cincinnati.

Analysis: Claypool's production hovered right around his season averages heading into Sunday's contest (4.3 receptions, 65.8 yards and 7.6 targets), but he set a new season high with a 27.3 yards per catch average. The 22-year-old is currently on pace to surpass his rookie total of 873 yards with 608 receiving yards through nine starts, but his lack of touchdowns (one) continues to depress his fantasy potential. Claypool's next chance to hit pay dirt will come against the Ravens next Sunday.

Nov 28, 2021 3:13 PM EST


93 yards in SNF loss

Claypool had five receptions (nine targets) for 93 yards in Sunday's 41-37 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Claypool finished second in targets behind fellow starter Diontae Johnson, but he did not end up on the receiving end of any of Ben Roethlisberger's three touchdown passes. The second-year wideout has just one touchdown in nine appearances following his impressive 11-score rookie campaign. The rest of Claypool's production is on pace with his 2020 season, so it's just the lack of trips to the end zone that is weakening his fantasy stock. His next chance to hit pay dirt will come against the Bengals in Week 12.

Nov 21, 2021 9:57 PM EST


Good to go Week 11

Claypool (toe) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Claypool cleared up any concern about his ability to return this weekend from a one-game absence by practicing fully Friday. With Claypool back in the fold, Ray-Ray McCloud is the most likely candidate to see a downsized role after playing a season-high 69 percent of the snaps in last week's 16-16 tie with the Lions. Expect Claypool, Diontae Johnson and James Washington to compose most of the Steelers' three-receiver sets in Los Angeles.

Nov 19, 2021 1:18 PM EST



Remains limited in practice

Claypool (toe) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Coming off a Week 10 absence, Claypool has now turned in a pair of limited practices to kick off Week 11 prep. While his presence on the field on consecutive days is a positive sign, Claypool will likely need to upgrade to full activity during Friday's practice in order to avoid carrying a questionable tag into Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Nov 18, 2021 2:21 PM EST


Limited in return to practice

Claypool (toe) was a limited participant Wednesday in his return to practice, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Claypool is hoping to make it back for Sunday's road game against the Chargers after missing the 16-16 tie with Detroit on Sunday. For fantasy managers, it ended up being the right game to miss, as Pittsburgh's offense struggled with backup QB Mason Rudolph limited by bad weather in addition to his own shortcomings as a passer. It's not yet clear if Claypool and/or Ben Roethlisberger (reserve/COVID-19) will be available for Sunday's matchup between AFC playoff hopefuls.

Nov 17, 2021 1:22 PM EST


In line to practice Wednesday

Coach Mike Tomlin said Claypool (toe) is expected to participate in practice Wednesday, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Claypool suffered a toe injury during the Steelers' Week 9 win against the Bears, which didn't allow him to practice last week and kept him on the sideline during this past Sunday's tie with the Lions. Fortunately for the second-year wide receiver, he avoided a season-ending injury via MRI, and he now may miss as little as just one contest as a result. In the end, though, Claypool's progression through Week 11 prep will be key to his availability for Sunday's road game against the Chargers.

Nov 16, 2021 9:34 AM EST


Won't suit up in Week 10

Claypool (toe) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Claypool suffered the toe injury in Monday's win over the Bears, and while an MRI alleviated initial fears that it could be season ending, he'll still sit out against Detroit. With Claypool sidelined, James Washington and Ray-Ray McCloud will take on larger roles behind No. 1 wide receiver Diontae Johnson. Luckily for the Steelers, they should have no trouble mitigating the impact of Claypool's absence by running their offense through workhorse running back Najee Harris against a Lions defense that has allowed 16 scrimmage touchdowns to running backs -- tied with the Jets for the most in the league.

Nov 12, 2021 12:35 PM EST


Doesn't practice Thursday

Claypool (toe) didn't participate in Thursday's practice session, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

Analysis: Although Claypool's recent MRI revealed that he avoided a season-ending toe injury, he's now missed two consecutive practice sessions to begin the week. If the 23-year-old is unable to suit up for Sunday's game against the Lions, James Washington and Ray-Ray McCloud would likely see additional work.

Nov 11, 2021 12:25 PM EST


Avoids serious toe injury

An MRI indicated that Claypool avoided a season-ending toe injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: That said, Rapoport relays that the wideout, who didn't practice Wednesday, is considered day-to-day and may miss some time. If that's the case, James Washington and Ray-Ray McCloud would be in line to see added work alongside top wideout Diontae Johnson for any length of time Claypool might be sidelined.

Nov 10, 2021 2:27 PM EST


Misses practice after MRI

Claypool (toe) didn't practice Wednesday, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Claypool had an MRI on Tuesday after injuring his toe during Monday's 29-27 win over the Bears. If he can't make it back for Sunday's game against Detroit, the Steelers will be left with James Washington, Ray-Ray McCloud and Cody White behind go-to receiver Diontae Johnson.

Nov 10, 2021 1:24 PM EST


Getting toe examined

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Claypool will undergo an MRI on Tuesday after suffering a toe injury in Monday's 29-27 win over the Bears, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: The second-year wideout wasn't on the field for the Steelers' final drive of the game but otherwise took on a full workload in the win, finishing the night with a 3-30-0 receiving line on five targets and carrying twice of 13 yards. The MRI should shed more light on the severity of Claypool's injury, but for now, his status for the Steelers' Week 10 game against the Lions is in question.

Nov 9, 2021 9:19 AM EST


Suffers injury in Week 9 victory

Claypool suffered an undisclosed injury during Monday's game against the Bears, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. He finished the game with three catches for 30 yards and 13 rushing yards on two carries.

Analysis: Claypool was noticeably absent from Pittsburgh's final drive of the game, though the location and extent of the injury are unclear at this point. Head coach Mike Tomlin stated after the game that Claypool was being evaluated after the contest and that the team would provide additional information Tuesday, per Pryor.

Nov 8, 2021 8:52 PM EST


Catches four passes

Claypool caught four of five targets for 45 yards and had two carries for 16 yards during Sunday's 15-10 win at Cleveland.

Analysis: Claypool had only two catches for 17 yards on seven targets in Week 6, but he showed a better rapport with QB Ben Roethlisberger coming out of the bye week. Still, it was another modest showing for the young wideout, who hasn't been significant factor in the passing game since catching five passes for 130 yards and a score in Week 5. Claypool will attempt to bounce back next weekend versus Chicago.

Oct 31, 2021 3:39 PM EST


Returns to full session

Claypool (hamstring) returned to a full practice Thursday.

Analysis: The wideout logged a limited session Wednesday, but Claypool's return to a full practice Thursday sets the stage for him to catch passes from QB Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday against the 5-2 Browns. Following the Steelers' bye week, Claypool will look to rebound from the 2/17/0 stat line (on seven targets) he recorded in the team's Week 6 win over the Seahawks. With JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) out for the season, Claypool is entrenched in a starting role opposite Diontae Johnson that will yield him steady playing time and targets as long as he stays healthy.

Oct 28, 2021 1:13 PM EST


Still dealing with hammy

Claypool (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After missing Week 4 with the hamstring injury, Claypool put up a 5-130-1 receiving line on only 36 snaps in Week 5, then managed just 2-17-0 on a full workload (63 snaps, 84 percent) in Week 6. Now coming out of a Week 7 bye, he's apparently still dealing with the same injury but doesn't seem likely to miss Sunday's game against the Browns.

Oct 27, 2021 1:00 PM EST


Struggles in OT win

Claypool (hamstring) had two receptions (seven targets) for 17 yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Claypool was dealing with a hamstring injury coming into this contest, but he was cleared for action and seemed to be moving fine on the two occasions Ben Roethlisberger was actually able to connect with his wideout. The 23-year-old had been trending positively prior to this dud, posting 14 receptions, 226 yards and a touchdown over his previous two contests. We will write this off as rare poor outing, as Claypool is a strong fantasy asset moving forward with JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) out for the rest of the year. The Steelers are heading into their bye week with a matchup against Cleveland on tap for Week 8.

Oct 17, 2021 11:03 PM EST


All systems go for Week 6

Claypool (hamstring) was a full participant in practice Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against Seattle, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Claypool followed the same pattern as last week, when he upgraded to full participation Friday after a limited practice session Thursday. He produced 130 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos on game day, and Claypool's poised for another productive outing in Week 6, this time in front of a national audience in prime time against the shaky Seahawks secondary.

Oct 15, 2021 1:22 PM EST


Remains limited at practice

Both Claypool (hamstring) and James Washington (groin) were listed as limited practice participants for the second day in a row Thursday, but Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggests that the team may simply be managing their reps in the wake of losing JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) for the season.

Analysis: In Week 5, Claypool was limited Thursday before returning to a full practice Friday and heading into last Sunday's game against the Broncos minus an injury designation. It's plausible that pattern is repeated this time around and if so Claypool and Diontae Johnson could be busy this weekend against the Seahawks, with Washington in line to serve as the team's WR3, if active. Meanwhile, Batko suggests that part of the void created by Smith-Schuster's absence could be accounted for by increased usage of two-TE alignments, featuring Pat Freiermuth and Eric Ebron.

Oct 14, 2021 3:15 PM EST


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