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PFF updates their Rookie Power Rankings heading into Week 6, and Chase Claypool has solidified himself on that list.
The Pittsburgh Steelers fan base knows all about Chase Claypool, they have since Week 1. It was Claypool’s nifty sideline catch which is still considered one of the most improbable catches according to Next Gen Stats.
Still, Claypool remained a relative unknown around NFL circles.
An 84 yard catch and run for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in Week 2 caught the eyes of many in the league, but Claypool was never considered a top tier rookie. Maybe it was him being drafted in the second round, or maybe it was the fact Claypool started the season buried behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and James Washington on the depth chart?
Either way, Claypool’s 7 reception, 110 yards, 3 receiving touchdown, 1 rushing touchdown performance caught everyone’s attention. Claypool was named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week, and he has sky rocketed up the Pro Football Focus weekly Rookie Rankings.
Take a look at which rookies made the PFF Top 10 rookies, and what they said about Claypool’s performance in the rankings below:
“After showing flashes of what he could become in the first three weeks of his rookie campaign, Claypool finally got the targets he deserved in Week 5 and had a career day. The second-round rookie earned a 90.0 PFF grade for the game, busting off 110 yards and three scores on seven catches and 11 targets. On top of that, he added another touchdown on the ground. Claypool burnt this Eagles defense on numerous occasions, as shown below on this slant when he spun Jalen Mills around on the release for an easy wide-open ball and took it to the house.
“Claypool has picked up 3.53 yards per route run through the first five weeks of play, second among qualifying players at his position. In total, he has a league-leading three touchdowns of 30-plus yards — the rest of the rookie class combined has combined for four. There were 10 wide receivers already off the board by the time Claypool was selected at No. 49, and though it’s extremely early to say definitively, Claypool is looking like a steal.”
4. Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
5. James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
6. Damien Lewis, G, Seattle Sehawks
7. Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team
8. Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
9. Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10. Ceedee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys
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