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Will Chase Claypool become a true No. 1 receiver in 2021?

Day 6 of the Steelers Trifecta! Featuring T.J. Carter, Demarcus Christmas, and Chase Claypool.

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Welcome to the Steelers Trifecta! Over the 30 days leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 training camp, we will be highlighting three players every day in order cover the entire 90-man offseason roster. So without further ado, here are today’s three players:


T.J. Carter

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Position: Defensive End
Age: ? Not listed on the internet
Year: 1
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 289
Drafted: UDFA 2021
College: Kentucky
Roster Outlook: Extremely Doubtful
Analysis:

The Pittsburgh Steelers have one of if not the deepest DLine in the NFL today. They brought back all of their players from 2020 and even invested a 2022 fourth round pick into adding another one this year. If you are not in the core 8 of defensive lineman you don’t have a shot at making this team. Genuinely, only seven defensive lineman make this team and it is a challenge trying to figure out which one will end up getting the axe. In Carter’s case the best he can do is land on the practice squad but for the Steelers depth even that feels unlikely.


Demarcus Christmas

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Position: Defensive Tackle
Age: 25
Year: 3
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 302
Drafted: 2019, Round 6, Pick 209 (Seattle Seahawks)
College: Florida State
Roster Outlook: Extremely Doubtful
Analysis:

You could virtually copy the same passage as above and place it here. Given Christmas’ age you could even say he is less likely to make this team than T.J. Carter. You don’t want to be a defensive lineman on this team if your name isn't Heyward, Tuitt, Alualu, Buggs, Davis, Wormely, Loudermilk, or Mondeaux —And even one of them won't make this team.


Chase Claypool

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Position: Wide Receiver
Age: 22
Year: 2
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 238
Drafted: 2020, Round 2, Pick 49
College: Notre Dame
Roster Outlook: Lock
Analysis:

This particularly boring day of the Steelers trifecta breakdown ends with a bang! Chase Claypool has shown signs of superstar potential at his receiver position. The Steelers should be more likely to play him more in 2021 than they did when they were trying to protect him last year. In more playing time and with chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger I predict the big Canadian will have a big sophomore season. Things are lined up for Claypool to surpass the Steelers other receivers and become this teams true number one receiver. I wouldn't count him out to not only break the 1,000 yard plateau but to push 1,300+ receiving yards. I also expect him to be a touchdown hoarder with his combination of speed and size, Claypool will score at will in 2021.


Be sure to check back everyday for anther ‘trifecta’ of Steelers, and as we go along click back on previous articles listed below so you don’t miss a thing.