James Conner: Chase Claypool’s ‘Gonna Be A Big Playmaker For Us’
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08-18-2020, 03:28 AM

James Conner: Chase Claypool’s ‘Gonna Be A Big Playmaker For Us’

The Pittsburgh Steelers let their ambitions be known when they used a second-round pick on Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool. Even while understanding that he is being dropped into a position group that already includes JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, and Diontae Johnson, using the 49th-overall pick on a player means you think he is going to be a very good one himself.

The expectations for his rookie season might be relatively low given the hand that he has been dealt, both in terms of the Steelers’ situation at his position—basically, not a lot of room—and the fact that this is an unusual offseason, but by the time his rookie contract is over, they’re probably looking for him to be competing for Pro Bowl recognition.

They are only just now getting their first taste of the 6’4”, 234-pounder—a type of body they really haven’t ever seen first-hand at the wide receiver position—but so far, the initial impression has been good. James Conner summed up his thoughts during a recent Instagram Live session, answering fan-submitted questions.

“Chase is just a big-bodied, fast guy”, he said of Claypool, who is three inches taller than Smith-Schuster and 20 pounds heavier than Washington. “Real versatile, good hands. That’s just another weapon for us on offense. Chase has been learning and making a lot of progress, gonna be a big playmaker for us”.


He is a very physically gifted athlete who also tested well, including an eye-opening 4.42-second 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine back in February, with 32-and-a-half-inch arms and a 40.5-inch vertical, and on top of it all, he actually enjoys playing special teams.


It will be interesting to see what his rookie season will look like, because one easily gets the sense that the Steelers are excited to get him out on the field to make use of his rare combination of traits. There aren’t many players his size who can run in the low 4.4-second range while also being adept at making contested catches, working both the outside and inside of the field.



With Smith-Schuster heading into unrestricted free agency in 2021 and Washington following a year later, the Steelers have to figure out who they’re paying at the wide receiver position and who they’re letting go. If both Johnson and Claypool impress this year, for example, it may make it that much harder to justify spending big to keep Smith-Schuster around.


But these are conversations for February and March, not August as the pads are just starting to come on in training camp. And it’s important to keep in mind that a physical talent like Claypool is just the sort of player who will have an easy time impressing in a practice setting. What he does in stadiums will be the true story, and we won’t get that until the start of the regular season.


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08-18-2020, 05:56 AM

I remember a guy naked Limas Sweed. Remember him?
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08-18-2020, 07:34 AM

(08-18-2020, 05:56 AM)Rollers Wrote: I remember a guy naked Limas Sweed.  Remember him?

Yeah, the guy that  busted his wrist in college, and it never healed properly. This is one of those draft picks (like Jarvis Jones) when you watched their highlight tape it made  you wonder how they expect it to work in the NFL. Where in the world Collbert‘s head was when he drafted a one handed receiver is beyond me, but he probably bypassed his Proctologist’s exam that year.
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08-18-2020, 08:50 AM

(08-18-2020, 05:56 AM)Rollers Wrote: I remember a guy naked Limas Sweed.  Remember him?

Sure, the luckiest guy to ever play football.

Red-shirt is freshman year at Texas.  Sophomore year, he 36 receptions for 545 yards and 5 touchdowns - but caught 8 passes in the National Championship game - got the college Ring

Junior year, 46 receptions for 801 yards and 12 touchdowns
As dbsfgyd1 said - he missed most of his senior year. 

His ENTIRE NFL CAREER, he  was thrown 15 passes, caught 7 for a grand total of 69 yards - and he has one more Super Bowl ring than Dan Marino  

Less than 2,000 total yards in college and pro's combined - BCS National Championship Ring + Super Bowl ring.

I'm sure on more than one occasion - he's dropped them both.
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08-18-2020, 09:44 AM

(08-18-2020, 08:50 AM)RaynorShyne Wrote:
(08-18-2020, 05:56 AM)Rollers Wrote: I remember a guy naked Limas Sweed.  Remember him?

Sure, the luckiest guy to ever play football.

Red-shirt is freshman year at Texas.  Sophomore year, he 36 receptions for 545 yards and 5 touchdowns - but caught 8 passes in the National Championship game - got the college Ring

Junior year, 46 receptions for 801 yards and 12 touchdowns
As dbsfgyd1 said - he missed most of his senior year. 

His ENTIRE NFL CAREER, he  was thrown 15 passes, caught 7 for a grand total of 69 yards - and he has one more Super Bowl ring than Dan Marino  

Less than 2,000 total yards in college and pro's combined - BCS National Championship Ring + Super Bowl ring.

I'm sure on more than one occasion - he's dropped them both.
that's funny stuff right there!
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08-19-2020, 03:22 AM

Actually the legend Limas Sweed is even more intriguing than that. I always pulled for him and wished him the best. I just liked him as a player and he had a little following on this site years back. His catches at Texas vs. Ohio State helped clinch the National Championship and he did get a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers in 2008. He was diagnosed also with eyesight issues as well. Very late in his career he was playing in the Canadian Football league and had to return home for personal reasons and had to leave the team. His child's mother had notified him she had cancer. The team he left in the CFL went on to win the Grey Cup (their SB). Had he stayed he would have had a trifecta, no one else has that I'm aware of. Only one close may be Doug Flutie. Limas is now suffering from a brain disorder and I wish him only the best.


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