Claypool disappointed Steelers not taking deep shots: We need more 'go-balls'
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool is taking issue with the team's lack of downfield passing attack after Sunday night's 16-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
"I just think we need more go-balls, Claypool said postgame, according to ESPN’s Brooke Pryor. "We got playmakers. I haven't had a go-ball all year. George (Pickens) needs more, (Diontae) Johnson needs more."
Although Claypool is frustrated with the lack of deep shots in the passing game, the third-year wideout is not blaming offensive coordinator Matt Canada's decision-making despite the unit's 6.1 yards per pass attempt through seven games (31st in the NFL).
"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," he added.
Pittsburgh's offense is apparently going through growing pains as the team adjusts to having rookie Kenny Pickett under center.
Pickett's 32 completions on the evening came near the line of scrimmage. The rookie signal-caller averaged just 5.8 yards per pass attempt, finishing the contest with 257 passing yards and one touchdown while throwing two of his three interceptions with three minutes remaining.
When asked where the Steelers' passing game could improve, Claypool pointed to taking advantage of their playmakers. "I think if there's a one-on-one, no safety over the top, we should be going to that one-on-one every time, he said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac.
The Steelers (2-5) will face the Philadelphia Eagles (6-0) on Oct. 30.