ESPN disrespects Steelers’ Chase Claypool in rookie rankings

What the…?

Apparently, ESPN forgot all about Steelers rookie receiver Chase Claypool when compiling its latest NFL rookie rankings. What’s worse is that Claypool was excluded entirely. His name was never mentioned in the piece.

Quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow at No. 1 and No. 2 can’t be argued. Wide receivers can’t be compared to other positions. But as far as Minnesota Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson and Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tee Higgins are concerned, they should not even be mentioned if Claypool isn’t.

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An historic day for Steelers rookie receiver Chase Claypool

He’s, by far, the most versatile of the 2020 NFL receivers class. Let’s take a look at the numbers:

Chase Claypool

  • 500 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns, 24 first downs

  • 22 rush yards, 2 touchdowns, 4 first downs

Justin Jefferson

Tee Higgins

  • 603 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns, 32 first downs

  • 28 rush yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 first down

Last I checked, touchdowns put points on the board, not yards, and Chase has nine to Jefferson’s three and Higgins’ four. ESPN needs to take a good hard look at Claypool the next time they rank the rookies.

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