The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to have a decent team in 2022, but it’s going to be because of their defense, not their offense.

Pittsburgh’s defense, led by pass rusher TJ Watt and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, will undoubtedly be stingy in 2022. It might even keep the Steelers in the playoff race, despite their lackluster offense.

Offensively, the Steelers will be led by either quarterback Mitch Trubisky or rookie Kenny Pickett. Both are players that have a lot to prove this upcoming season.

On top of the question marks at quarterback, Pittsburgh also has some questions along the offensive line. Pro Football Focus, in fact, recently ranked the Steelers’ offensive line at No. 30 in the NFL.

In other words, it might not be a very fruitful year for some of Pittsburgh’s skill position players.

And that’s one reason why a comment from Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool is…puzzling.

Claypool said recently on the I Am Athlete podcast that he feels like he’s a top-three wide receiver in the NFL.

I mean, where do we start?

Claypool, who is entering his third season in the NFL, has had a decent start to his career. The former Notre Dame standout caught 59 passes for 860 yards and two touchdowns last season. That followed a rookie season that saw Claypool catch 62 passes for 873 yards and nine touchdowns.

Those are good numbers from Claypool, but they’re not top three numbers. Nor are they top 10 numbers. Top 30 at best.

I admire the confidence from Claypool, but his comments just come off as silly when you see guys like Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson putting up over 1,400 yards as rookies.

You know, I’m not even sure Claypool would be a top-three wide receiver on the Bengals’ roster. He’s certainly not better than Chase or Tee Higgins. And I really don’t think he’s better than Tyler Boyd.

Maybe Claypool will blow us all away in 2022. It’s possible, though I don’t expect that to be the case. I think it’s much more likely that Claypool has these comments thrown right back in his face after another 800-yard receiving season.

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