The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the 2021 regular season, but before the real games begin, the team has to head to training camp to fine tune their skills. As we here at BTSC prepare you for the start of camp, we give you a series called “30 Scenarios in 30 Days” which gives you a Steelers scenario every day leading up to the start of camp.
It is simple how it works. We provide you the scenario, reasons why it will or won’t happen, and then our prediction for what we think will take place.
Let’s get to the scenario...
Scenario: Chase Claypool will be a Top 10 receiver, in terms of yardage, in 2021
Chase Claypool 2020 Receiving Yards: 873
Why it will happen: The Pittsburgh Steelers are a passing team. Matt Canada, Adrian Klemm and Art Rooney II can say whatever they want, but as long as Ben Roethlisberger is the quarterback they will be throwing the ball plenty. If 2020 wasn’t enough of a sample size, Roethlisberger learned to lean on Claypool in big moments. On top of that, rarely did Claypool disappoint. Claypool’s 873 yards was impressive for a rookie, but a huge step forward in his sophomore season could equate to the former Notre Dame receiver finishing in the Top 10. How many yards would he need to get in the Top 10? It changes every year, but last season the Raiders’ Darren Waller was the 10th receiver, in terms of yardage, 1,196 yards receiving. Claypool adding 300+ yards to his total doesn’t seem out of the ordinary for a receiver with a year under his belt.
Why it won’t happen: As much as I believe the Steelers will still throw the ball plenty, there is also the chance the Steelers do utilize Najee Harris more in the offense. If Harris becomes a focal point, you could see Claypool, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and even Eric Ebron seeing their numbers level out, or even decrease. Being able to run the ball won’t come easy, but if this offseason has proven anything it is how they are committed to running the ball it will be tough for any Steelers receiver to land in the Top 10 when the 17-game season ends.
Prediction: I think Chase Claypool is going to take a huge step forward in 2021, and I do believe he will be over 1,000 yards receiving, if he stays healthy. However, I don’t think he will be a Top 10 receiver in terms of yardage. If Matt Canada decides to use him in the running game he could be in the conversation for total yards from scrimmage, but with the NFL turning into a passing league it is tough to see Claypool cracking the Top 10. In fact, when you look at all the weapons the Steelers have at their disposal, you realize there is only one football to go around. Claypool will be better, but not at Top 10, in my opinion.
Check out yesterday’s ‘30 Scenarios in 30 Days’ prediction:
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