EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – SEPTEMBER 14: Ben Roethlisberger #7 and Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers ahead of a regular season game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on September 14, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)
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Chase Claypool may be one of the more electric players on the Pittsburgh Steelers, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some hiccups for him early on in his career. In last week’s tough loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Claypool took center stage, but not for a great reason.
With the clock winding down, he celebrated a 4th-down catch to keep the Steelers’ hopes alive. However, the fact that he celebrated was a head-scratcher and people have been calling him out for it. Well, Ben Roethlisberger is here to back up the young wideout in any way he can.
Ben on Claypool: “He’s a receiver, we talk after the game. I told him I appreciated his effort. He helped get us back into that game. Chase&I have had talks. .. We need to count on Chase bc he’s a really good football player. I believe he’ll give us everything he has this week.”
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 15, 2021
Ben Roethlisberger is ready to defend Chase Claypool at all costs
Those are some powerful words there from Roethlisberger. The veteran signal-caller has seen all of the hate that has come Claypool’s way and he’s not a fan of it. Did the stud wide receiver make a mistake? Of course he did.
However, that doesn’t mean that the incident is going to define Claypool’s career or limit what he’ll be able to get done with the team in the future. Come Sunday, Roethlisberger and head coach Mike Tomlin will be looking at Claypool to flush things from last week and be ready to ball out against the Titans.
As things stand, Pittsburgh is 6-6-1 this season and on the outside looking in for the playoffs. There’s still plenty of time left in the season to turn things around and sneak in via an AFC Wild Card spot. Should the team go on and get that job done, they’ll need key guys to step their game up. This of course includes Claypool.