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Chase Claypool Criticizes Steelers' Play-Calling After Week 7 Loss

Isaiah De Los Santos
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Chase Claypool criticized his team's play-calling after their Week 7 loss.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Chase Claypool criticized his team's play-calling after their Week 7 loss. / (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The overwhelming feeling after the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 7 loss was disappointment. A win against the Miami Dolphins was there for the taking, but Pittsburgh struggled to finish drives, causing their record to drop to just 2-5 this season.

Wide receiver Chase Claypool didn't hold back when discussing went wrong for the Steelers on Sunday night.

Claypool took issue with the team's play-calling, and specifically with the lack of go balls drawn up for the wideouts. He feels like George Pickens, Diontae Johnson and himself all are not being utilized to help open up the offense.

"I just think we need more go balls. Like, damn, not enough go balls. We got playmakers. I haven't had a go ball all year. George needs more, (Diontae) needs more. I'm not saying that's on the playcalling, I'm just saying we need to try to find a way to scheme it up."

Chase Claypool

The Steelers' offensive struggles were on full display in the second half against Miami. Pittsburgh posted a goose egg over the final two quarters, causing coordinator Matt Canada to come under fire once again for lackluster use of his playmakers.

Claypool's comments also arrive in the wake of recent trade rumors involving him due to his lacking role. He's posting the lowest average depth of target (9.6) of his career this season and no longer the clear No. 2 option in the passing attack with Pickens and Pat Freiermuth getting more involved.

With the trade deadline approaching next week, it remains to be seen if the Steelers make an effort to feature Claypool more, or potentially move on from the third-year pro.

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