Bears Chase Claypool continues to build chemistry with Justin Fields
It’s been eight days since newly acquired wide receiver Chase Claypool was traded from Pittsburgh to Chicago. That quick turnaround didn’t take him long to transition into a new offense and be thrusted into the starting lineup against the Dolphins this past Sunday.
“I was doing the best I could to study as much as I could in the time that I had. I didn’t expect to be involved too much but I was prepared to just in case they needed me,” Claypool said on this week’s Bear Essentials.
In Claypool’s first game as a Bear, he only caught 2 passes for 13 yards on 6 targets.
Despite the close loss to Miami, quarterback Justin Fields had a sensational game, throwing for 123 yards and 3 touchdowns and running for 178 yards and 1 touchdown, earning the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
With a big game from Fields, Claypool wants to build chemistry with his QB and come up with the big splash plays in the passing game.
“I think you always want to have that mindset when you’re playing with any quarterback, especially with the performance that Justin put up. In my first game as a Bear, I thought it was super cool and you could definitely see some potential with playing deep into the future and hopefully all things work out,” Claypool said.
Claypool also compared how he prepares with a QB who is mobile like Fields and can be a dual-threat quarterback.
“You always have to be ready for Justin to extend plays that will be the slight difference between where I was to where I’m at now. I think he has great ability on the ground and with his feet so you never know when he’ll scramble and throw deep,” Claypool described.
As Claypool continues to understand the offensive playbook, he shared high praise for offensive coordinator Luke Getsy.
“I think he’s really creative in his play-calling. It was kind of cool to see that different ways he was able to not only get me the ball, but get other receivers the ball and other people the ball. I thought it was super cool and it gave me a good feel for his style of play-calling,” Claypool said.
Watch the full interview with Chase Claypool above. Bear Essentials runs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on Marquee Sports Network.