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Chase Claypool Trade continues to look better for Pittsburgh

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At that time, it was The Pittsburgh Steelers sent WR Chase Claypool to Chicago in the second round of the PICk in next year’s draft looked like a home run for new GM Omar Khan. Three weeks after the deal, the Steelers only seem to be looking better. While Pittsburgh didn’t get much production out of its new slot receivers, Claypool did almost nothing in Chicago.

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Through three games, he caught a total of five passes for 32 yards while slicing on a lone rushing attempt in his Bears debut that only lasted four yards.

Even worse, despite his acclimation to the system, Claypool hardly ever plays. That’s the number and percentage of surprises he’s had over his first three games in Chicago.

Chase Claypool Snap Count with Chicago

first match – 26 snaps (35%)
second match – 19 Snape (31%)
Third match – 29 Snape (42%)

But the data is deeper than that. He plays behind several of the names on the list when the Bears made the move. In his first game, he played fewer shots than WR Dante Pettis. In his second game, where he had more time to adjust, he played the fewest snaps of any receiver entered the game behind Pettis and the Equanimeous St. Louis Cardinals. Brown and Byron Pringle. And this past Sunday, Claypool recorded the third-most number of snaps of any Bears receiver but far fewer than St. Brown’s, who played 50 to Claypool’s 29.

Despite having more time in the system, Claypool’s goals have fallen since his debut, five goals over the past two matches. He’s been a lot less productive with the Bears than he was with the Steelers, and it’s not like he’s been as productive in Pittsburgh.

Even worse for the bears are their results. Despite an offense that was better, thanks in part to the team’s commitment to Justin Fields in the running game, Chicago has lost all three games since acquiring Claypool. Close defeats, all by three points or less, but the losses are similar. They are now 3-8 and last place in the NFC South, much closer to a first overall pick than a Wild Card spot. according to projection tankathon project, The Steelers are expected to have the 34th pick in the draft In fact She is the 33rd pick thanks to the Miami Dolphins’ first-round loss this season at Tom Brady woke up messing with them.

When the dust settles at the end of the year, Pittsburgh will probably have three picks around the Top 40. Chicago will be without their original second round pick (they had one later in the draft from a Roquan Smith trade) and they’ll only have Claypool under contract through the 2023 season. Maximizing that window and making the playoffs next season is far from a guarantee, while figuring out what to do with Claypool after the year.Trading him up and not inducting him into a long-term deal would be bad looks for new GM Ryan Pauls.and Bears fans, who were excited at Beginning to move, they are They are starting to realize their front desk mistake It seems made.

All Steelers fans have to say: We told you.

For Pittsburgh, Claypool missed out. There is no doubt about that. But they got the best version of him in his rookie year and turned him around for what would end up being a higher pick than they used to. And they’ll use that second-rounder to improve the trenches, find the top corner, and something of a need, and they’ll get him on a cheap four-year contract. Who knows what the future holds. Claypool catches a moving train and the more time he spends in Chicago, the more he settles. Perhaps the player the Steelers would use with this pick would be Ricardo Kolclov or the next Lemas Swede. But three weeks into the deal, it’s hard to argue that Omar Khan and the Steelers haven’t run away from the Bears.

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