A former Notre Dame football star hasn’t had the pro career he’d hoped for, but now he has another chance to jumpstart his NFL dreams.
When Chase Claypool first got to the NFL, the expectations for the former Notre Dame football star were sky high. After all, when he was still a Golden Domer, he was one of the best wide receivers in college football. That included 116 catches in his final two seasons in South Bend.
His first two years in the NFL, with the Pittsburgh Steelers, it looked like Claypool was going to keep on trucking. And then injuries and unhappiness hit. He had just 46 catches with the Steelers and the Chicago Bears in his third season, and started his first full season with the Bears with just four catches in three games played.
The former Notre Dame football star also seemed to have some real issues meshing with Chicago’s coaching staff. He was a healthy scratch more than a couple of times, and then he was traded to the Miami Dolphins just as things seemed to come to a head.
One of the most interesting things about that trade is that Claypool might also be trading in his position as a wide receiver, to move to a new group.
While nothing is official just yet, there are rumblings that Claypool might try out tight end with the Miami Dolphins.
Former Notre Dame football star trying out new position?
In a league that has seen what a tight end that is less about being a bulky blocker and more as a pass catcher can do in Travis Kelce and George Kittle, it makes some sense.
Claypool stands 6-foot-4 and is not a sleight 238 pounds. He’s got the kind of build where he could be a very nice pass-catching tight end.
This is certainly going to be something to watch for the former Notre Dame football star. It’s the kind of fresh start that could be exactly what Claypool needs. He’s still young enough that a move to tight end could be a way for him to establish himself all over again.