Chase Claypool is now in Chicago after the Bears acquired him from the Steelers for a second-round pick. Claypool was a rising NFL star after his 2020 rookie season. From there, his production dropped drastically.
His nine touchdowns led all rookie receivers and it looked as if the Steelers had found the steal of the draft when they picked him with the No. 49, making him the 11th wide receiver to come off the board.
After that rookie season, his scoring took a nosedive and he only found the end zone twice.
He now has a chance to get his career back on track with Justin Fields throwing him the ball.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Fields said he was excited after the Bears made the big trade.
“I was excited, of course,” Fields said, via ProFootballTalk. “He’s a playmaker. Big body, athletic, fast, great 50/50 ball catcher… Any time you trade for a player like him, you’re just trying to make the team better.”
This year, Claypool is averaging 9.7 YPR and 38.9 YPG. That is way down from him averaging 14.1 yards per reception in 2020 and 14.6 YPR in 2021 as well as 54.6 yards per game in 2020 and 57.3 in 2021.
“I tried a new position this year in the slot,” said Claypool. “I was outside for my first two years. It wasn’t quite the best fit but it wasn’t the worst either.”
“There’s a lot of changes going on there,” said Ryan Poles. “So you have to just look at the scenario and put it all together. I think he’ll be fine.”
For the Bears and fan base sake, they are hoping this trade can change things for this offense.