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Chase Claypool's Role With Bears Continues to Be a Head-Scratcher

David Kaestle
Chase Claypool's usage in Chicago has been perplexing.
Chase Claypool's usage in Chicago has been perplexing. / Associated Press

Trading a second-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for Chase Claypool seemed like a slam-dunk move from the Chicago Bears at the deadline. Bringing in a young, athletic, big-bodied, vertical-threat wideout to grow and improve along with Justin Fields could only be a positive. Finally, Chicago had a wideout that had the potential to be a No. 1 on the outside.

Chase Claypool Usage

Well, two weeks into his tenure with the Bears and the team has treated him like anything but that on the field. Claypool played just 19 of the Bears' 61 offensive snaps in Week 10.

That number is obviously startlingly low, and with more context the number becomes even more confusing.

Sure, you could argue that he might need some time to learn a new playbook and get settled in the offense, but that's something you would expect to lead to an increase in snaps for his second game, not a decrease.

Even when he's been on the field, Claypool has been virtually invisible in the Bears offense. He has only 3 catches, 21 yards and no touchdowns combined in his first two games with Chicago.

While it's not panic time just yet, Chicago draws a soft matchup in Week 11 against the Atlanta Falcons, who surrender the most passing yards per game in the NFL. If Claypool doesn't see more action and in turn more production against the worst pass defense in the NFL, it's certainly going to raise a ton of questions.

FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds have opened for Week 11 with the Bears as 3-point favorites at home against the Falcons.

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