Chase Claypool: I know I’m one of the top three receivers in the NFL

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The Steelers have become something of a receiver factory over the years, developing some of the best players in the position.

But there’s one Pittsburgh player who thinks he should be among the top-rated receivers for third year — though he knows he still has a lot to prove.

Chase Claypool made an appearance in the latest episode of the I am an athlete podcast and told hosts Brandon Marshall, LeSean McCoy and Adam “Pacman” Jones how confident he was in his abilities.

“I’ll say, my sophomore year, I was a better player than I was my freshman year,” Claypool said. “The games just didn’t work out, did they? Some parts just didn’t go my way. I didn’t make any games I needed. But as a footballer, understanding the game, knowing what to do, knowing where to be, I was better. So I’m going to be better this year.

“And just like you said, understanding that I’m not normal – I feel like that when I’m on the field. I know for a fact that I’m not like the rest of the guys in the NFL. I know that I’m a top 5 receiver I know I’m a top 3 receiver.

Claypool continued that he feels this in large part because of how well he is able to execute when he is on the court.

“When I’m working, I say to myself, ‘I’m a dog.’ I’m also going to harass people who are in line in front of me,” Claypool said. “And I just have to bring that confidence and I have to bring that spirit and I just have to show people. And it will happen. And we’re going to rewind that and we’re going to see this clip in a moment and they’re going to be like, ‘Damn, he was right.’

Claypool showed a lot of talent in his first two seasons. He caught 62 passes for 873 yards with nine touchdowns as a rookie. But he’s only had a pair of touchdowns in 2021, catching 59 passes for 860 yards.

After Claypool made his lofty statement, McCoy wanted to hear some numbers – what kind of stats does Claypool expect to have in 2022? The receiver has declared 1,300 yards and more than 10 touchdowns.

That might be tough to do with Mitchell Trubisky, rookie Kenny Pickett or Mason Rudolph at quarterback in the upcoming season. But if Claypool doesn’t trust him, who will?

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