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
Claypool brought in eight of nine targets for 93 yards and rushed once for two yards in the Steelers' 36-28 loss to the Vikings on Thursday night.
Analysis: Claypool's reception and receiving yardage totals paced the Steelers on the night, and he was behind only Diontae Johnson in targets. The second-year wideout has now cleared the 80-yard mark in three of the last four games, and his nine targets Thursday represented a major boost from the season-low three he'd logged against the Ravens in Week 13. Claypool's next opportunity to keep the favorable stretch of play going comes in a Week 15 battle against the Titans a week from Sunday.
Dec 9, 2021 9:50 PM EST
Claypool (toe) doesn't have an injury designation for Thursday's game against the Vikings.
Analysis: Claypool appeared hobbled for a short portion of Sunday's win over the Ravens, but the then managed full practices Tuesday and Wednesday to remove any doubt about his status for TNF. He'll face a struggling Minnesota defense that's given up 28.3 points per game since a Week 7 bye.
Dec 8, 2021 1:20 PM EST
Claypool (toe) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Analysis: Claypool's ability to take every rep Tuesday suggests that his appearance on Monday's estimated practice report as a non-participant was mainly for maintenance purposes. Since missing the Steelers' Week 10 tie with the Lions due to the injury, Claypool has suited up for each of Pittsburgh's last three contests while producing a 10-227-0 receiving line on 20 targets. He looks like he'll be ready to pick up another start Thursday against the Vikings.
Dec 7, 2021 12:55 PM EST
Claypool (toe) was listed as a non-participant Monday on Pittsburgh's estimated practice report, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Analysis: Pittsburgh didn't hold a practice one day after its 20-19 win over the Ravens, but Claypool looks as though he would have gotten some maintenance had the Steelers taken the field. The toe issue isn't a new concern for Claypool, who sat out the Week 10 tie with the Lions due to the injury. He's been able to play each of the past three games without any reported setbacks, however, so Claypool will more than likely get the green light to suit up when the Steelers take on the Vikings on Thursday.
Dec 6, 2021 1:03 PM EST
Claypool hauled in two of three targets for 52 yards while rushing once for two yards in Sunday's 20-19 win over the Ravens.
Analysis: Claypool drew a season-low three targets in Sunday's matchup, but he had a 40-yard reception early in the fourth quarter, which was the longest play of the game by either team. The 23-year-old hasn't had the same volume that Diontae Johnson has generated this season, but he's logged at least 40 yards from scrimmage in each of his last five appearances. During that time, he's secured 17 of 30 targets for 302 yards while rushing seven times for 32 yards. He'll have a very favorable matchup against the Vikings in Week 14.
Dec 5, 2021 5:28 PM EST
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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