Younger players are often secret weapons for teams on offense and defense. Unlikely to draw attention from opposing coordinators, these guys make a big difference for their teams before they become full-blown stars at the NFL level.
Wide Receiver- Pittsburgh Steelers
110 yards, 3 receiving TDs, 1 rush TD
When Pittsburgh went from the three B’s (Big Ben, Antonio Brown and Le’veon Bell) to just Big Ben, there were some very legitimate concerns in Steeltown about where production could come from. The Steelers may have struck gold with this second round selection from Notre Dame.
Chase Claypool blossomed in his senior year as a focal point of the Fighting Irish offense, recording his first thousand-yard season and thirteen receiving touchdowns. He didn’t jump off the page in this year’s absolutely loaded WR draft class, but perhaps he should have. He’s averaging over 20 yards per catch and after his big week five performance, he’ll be drawing a lot more attention. Claypool caught three passes from Big Ben for touchdowns, plus an early rushing TD on a jet sweep from two yards out. He becomes the first rookie in Steelers history to score four touchdowns, and the first Canadian player in the history of the league to have three receiving touchdowns per NFL.com.
The big (6’4”, 228 lbs.) rookie looks like he’ll be a huge part of the Steelers offense for years to come.
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