Chase Claypool

Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #11
Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #11

Chase Claypool News

Disappointing season

Claypool caught two passes for 29 yards in the Bears' 29-13 loss to the Vikings in Week 18, and ended the season with 14 receptions and 140 yards over seven games played after being acquired from Pittsburgh.

Analysis: After the Bears acquired Claypool in Week 8, his best game was a 51-yard performance, but he was limited to 15 yards or fewer in four of seven games. However, he was playing in a low-volume passing offense where very few receivers produced. Next year, he'll have a full training camp to acclimate to the offense, and he'll likely be given an opportunity to see if he can become Chicago's top receiver. Over the first two years of his career, Claypool averaged 866 yards and 6.5 touchdowns, so there should be potential for improvement. He's under contract with the team through the 2023 season.

Jan 8, 2023 1:24 PM EST

Targeted once in defeat

Claypool was held without a catch in the Bears' 41-10 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Although Justin Fields threw 21 passes, one one of those throws went in Claypool's direction. He's only reached 30 yards once since Week 9, and he'll be difficult to trust in fantasy lineups in Week 18 against the Vikings.

Jan 1, 2023 1:16 PM EST

Active for Week 17

Claypool (knee) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Lions.

Analysis: As expected, Claypool will suit up Sunday for the first time since Week 13. Before suffering the knee injury, the 2020 second-round pick totaled 21 receptions on 36 targets for 197 yards across his first seven games with Chicago. With Darnell Mooney (ankle) on injured reserve, Claypool figures to operate as the Bears' No. 1 wideout in a group that also features Equanimeous St. Brown, Byron Pringle, Velus Jones, N'Keal Harry and Dante Pettis.

Jan 1, 2023 8:37 AM EST

Expected to play in Detroit

Claypool (knee) is expected to suit up for Sunday's divisional matchup against the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Claypool is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup, but it looks like he's trending in the right direction. An official word on Claypool's status will come prior to Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. If Claypool is indeed active, he has a reasonable path to serving as the target leader of Justin Fields' diminished receiving corps. Dante Pettis (knee) remains questionable, while Equanimeous St. Brown has cleared the concussion protocol in time to play Sunday.

Jan 1, 2023 2:19 AM EST

Questionable for Sunday

Claypool (knee) is Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site for Sunday's game in Detroit.

Analysis: Dante Pettis (ankle) also is questionable, while Equanimeous St. Brown has been cleared from concussion protocol. If he returns this weekend, Claypool will be among the favorites to lead a receiver-depleted Bears offense in targets, though he was playing limited snaps before the knee injury and only returned to practice Thursday for the first time since Week 13 (and was limited both Thursday and Friday). The Lions and Bears are scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff this Sunday, with inactives coming out about 90 minutes beforehand.

Dec 30, 2022 10:42 AM EST

Back as limited participant

Claypool (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.

Analysis: After missing the last two games due to a knee injury, Claypool made his return to practice for the first time since Week 13. This marks his first visible sign of progress in his recovery effort, but it remains to be seen if he'll gain clearance to play Sunday at Detroit. Equanimeous St. Brown (concussion) also was limited Thursday, while Dante Pettis (ankle) sat out, so the Bears have a number of question marks in the receiving corps in the midst of Week 17 prep.

Dec 29, 2022 12:44 PM EST

Doesn't practice Wednesday

Claypool (knee) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Claypool has been dealing with a knee issue for the better part of the last month, and while he played Week 13 against the Packers, he's missed back-to-back games since the Bears' Week 14 bye. He hasn't made an noticeable step forward in his recovery from the injury, but he does have two more chances to mix into drills this week before the Bears potentially make a decision on his availability for Sunday's contest at Detroit.

Dec 28, 2022 12:55 PM EST

Inactive Saturday, as expected

Claypool (knee) is officially inactive for Saturday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: Claypool was labeled doubtful after he put in only one limited practice this week, so he's unsurprisingly not available for Saturday's contest. Equanimeous St. Brown (concussion) is also sidelined, leaving Byron Pringle, Dante Pettis, Velus Jones and N'Keal Harry to operate as Chicago's primary wideouts.

Dec 24, 2022 8:42 AM EST

Status in doubt for Saturday

Claypool (knee) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: Claypool has managed just one limited listing on Bears injury reports the last two weeks due to a knee issue, which appears destined to sideline him for a second consecutive contest. Equanimeous St. Brown (concussion) already has been ruled out for Week 16 action, so assuming Claypool joins him on the sideline Saturday, Chicago will be rolling with some combination of Byron Pringle, Dante Pettis, Velus Jones and N'Keal Harry (back) at wide receiver.

Dec 22, 2022 10:52 AM EST

Falls back to DNP on Wednesday

Claypool (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Prior to sitting out this past Sunday's loss to the Eagles, Claypool was held out of every Week 15 session as he tended to a knee injury. The Bears opened Week 16 prep with a walkthrough Tuesday, for which he was listed as a limited participant, but the third-year pro fell back to no activity one day later. Claypool has just one more chance to get on-field work Thursday before Chicago potentially makes a ruling on his availability for Saturday's game against the Bills. Equanimeous St. Brown (concussion) also was a DNP both Tuesday and Wednesday, so the team is staring down the prospect of being without its top two wide receivers this weekend.

Dec 21, 2022 12:50 PM EST

Limited to kick off Week 16 prep

Claypool (knee) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice.

Analysis: Claypool failed to practice in any capacity last week before sitting out the Bears' 25-20 loss to the Eagles on Sunday, so his return to the field in limited fashion as Chicago begins Week 16 prep marks a step in the right direction. The receiver will have two more chances to upgrade to full activity before the Bears potentially give him an injury designation ahead of Saturday's game versus the Bills.

Dec 20, 2022 12:11 PM EST

Ruled out after no practice

Claypool (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup with Philadelphia.

Analysis: Claypool didn't practice at all this week and thus seems in at least some danger of missing a second game next Saturday (Dec. 24) against Buffalo. The Bears are left with Equanimeous St. Brown, Dante Pettis and Byron Pringle as their likely top three wide receivers, in some order, for Sunday's bout with a defense that has arguably the best secondary in the NFL. Velus Jones and N'Keal Harry could also get snaps at WR, and there's no doubt the Bears will want to run the ball as much as they can.

Dec 16, 2022 11:49 AM EST

Sits out another practice

Claypool (knee) didn't participate in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: With two straight absences at practice to begin Week 15 prep, Claypool will likely need to put in at least a limited session Friday in order for the Bears to feel optimistic about his availability for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Before the Bears' Week 14 bye, Claypool settled into a larger role at receiver in the absence of Darnell Mooney (ankle) in the team's Week 13 loss to the Packers. He played 64 percent of the snaps in the loss, finishing with five catches for 28 yards on six targets.

Dec 15, 2022 12:57 PM EST

Misses practice

Claypool missed Wednesday's practice with a knee injury.

Analysis: A knee injury limited his participation in one Week 13 practice before the Bears went on bye in Week 14. This is likely related, but he could nonetheless earn a larger role late in the season as he becomes better acclimated with offensive coordinator Luke Getsy's scheme. Head coach Matt Eberflus did acknowledge earlier this week that Claypool is still learning the offense and "isn't there yet," per Alex Shapiro of NBC Chicago.

Dec 14, 2022 12:51 PM EST

Loses fumble in defeat

Claypool caught five of six targets for 28 yards but lost a fumble in Sunday's 28-19 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Claypool coughed the ball up while taking a hit that left him injured during the second quarter. Although he was able to reenter the game, Claypool made a limited impact on his handful of catches. He'll now enter Chicago's bye week before returning to face Philadelphia in Week 15.

Dec 4, 2022 1:51 PM EST

Logs full practice

Claypool (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Claypool had his reps capped Wednesday on account of the knee issue, but his ability to practice fully a day later clears the way for him to play Thursday against the Packers. The third-year receiver is coming off a Week 12 outing against the Jets in which he took the field for 66 percent of the offensive snaps, his largest share since being acquired from the Steelers on Nov. 1. After working with No. 2 quarterback Trevor Siemian (oblique) last week, Claypool will likely have the luxury of being on the receiving end of targets Week 13 from Justin Fields (shoulder), who also practiced fully Thursday and appears set to put an end to his one-game absence.

Dec 1, 2022 12:57 PM EST

Tending to knee issue

Claypool was limited at Wednesday's practice due to a knee injury.

Analysis: Claypool has been relatively quiet during his four games with the Bears, compiling a cumulative 7-83-0 line on 16 targets. But he's coming off a 66 percent snap share this past Sunday at the Jets, his highest with his new squad. While a health concern is impacting Claypool's practice reps to kick off Week 13 prep, he'll have two chances to get back to full ahead of Sunday's divisional matchup with the Packers.

Nov 30, 2022 12:56 PM EST

Best game with Bears

Claypool caught two passes for 51 yards in the Bears' 31-10 loss to the Jets on Sunday.

Analysis: Claypool led all Chicago wide receivers with five targets, and Trevor Siemian threw him a pair of downfield passes. On his 31-yard gain, Claypool beat standout cornerback Ahmad Gardner, but the Chicago offense struggled to move the ball from the middle of the second quarter on, limiting his potential for additional production. This was the first time in four games that Claypool posted more than 13 yards, and he's yet to become a reliable fantasy option with the Bears.

Nov 27, 2022 5:17 PM EST

Quiet in losing effort

Claypool caught two passes for 11 yards in the Bears' 27-24 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: In three games with Chicago, Claypool has five catches for 32 yards, and he only has five targets over the last two weeks. With Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet seeming to be bigger priorities in the Bears' low-volume passing attack, Claypool remains a risky fantasy lineup option.

Nov 20, 2022 3:09 PM EST

Limited role in loss

Claypool caught one pass for eight yards in the Bears' 31-30 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: After seeing six targets and two rushing attempts in his Chicago debut last week, Claypool was targeted just twice in a game that coach Matt Eberflus said he planned to expand Claypool's package of plays. In a low-volume passing attack, it's possible that he sees inconsistent work in the offense, making him a player who may be not be a reliable fantasy option from week-to-week.

Nov 13, 2022 5:44 PM EST

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