Canada’s Claypool impressing early with Steelers
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.”