Canada’s Clay­pool im­press­ing early with Steel­ers

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - DAN RALPH

It’s been an im­pres­sive start to an NFL ca­reer for Cana­dian Chase Clay­pool.

The Pitts­burgh Steel­ers’ rookie re­ceiver showed his ath­leti­cism in his NFL de­but, a 26-16 win over the New York Giants on Sept. 14. Clay­pool stretched out to grab a high third­down pass from Ben Roeth­lis­berger be­tween two de­fend­ers, then got both feet down for a 28-yard com­ple­tion in his first-ever NFL catch.

On Sun­day, the 22-year-old na­tive of Ab­bots­ford, B.C., had an 84-yard TD grab — the long­est touch­down from scrim­mage in NFL his­tory by a Cana­dian-born player — in Pitts­burgh’s 26-21 vic­tory over the Den­ver Bron­cos.

Heady stuff, con­sid­er­ing Clay­pool isn’t yet an NFL starter. But the six­foot-four, 238-pound Clay­pool is more than good with Pitts­burgh’s pa­tient ap­proach.

“I think it’s sim­i­lar to my fresh­man year in col­lege, only I’m a lot more pre­pared and ready to go in when­ever,” Clay­pool told re­porters Thurs­day dur­ing a video­con­fer­ence. “Ob­vi­ously I’d love to start this game but they’re giv­ing me a good amount of looks and it’s a su­per-long sea­son, we still have 14 games left and play­offs.”

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