Ben Roethlisberger & Chase Claypool (27 yards)
➤ Air Distance: 47.3 yards
➤ Distance from Sideline: 0.2 yards
➤ Roethlisberger Under Pressure, Double Coverage
Completion Probability: 13.8%*
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 14, 2020
Can we re-live the beauty of Chase Claypool’s catch for a moment? The rookie got his highlight reel started from his very first catch as a pro.
The Steelers needed something to go their way. After two failed run plays, Ben Roethlisberger fumbled on a third and five and forced a punt.
The defense, as usual, held their own in the Giants next drive. It was up to the Steelers offense to get points on the board, or it was going to be a long night.
Going no-huddle on 3rd and 9, Ben dropped back and aired it out to Claypool, who jumped up between two defenders to haul it in. Claypool’s focus and awareness were that of a veteran.
Defenders closing in on him, Roethlisberger put trust into his newest wide receiver to go up and get the ball. It was a key moment that allowed the drive to continue.
With a 13.8 percent probability of being caught, Claypool’s reception was tracked by Next Gen Stats as the most improbable completion of Week 1.
One of the questions heading into Monday night was how often Claypool would be incorporated into the passing attack. He caught two targets for 39 yards, but the 28-yarder was a thing of beauty. It’s one of many more plays he’ll make in this league, and it was exciting to see.
— NFL (@NFL) September 14, 2020
Here is a frame-by-frame of the stunning catch.
A perfect example of an excellent jump-ball catch.
Claypool controls the ball by pinning it against his helmet.
As Claypool brings the ball down, with control, he ensures both feet are down and in.