Injuries Force Steelers to Rely on Rookies Against the Browns

When the Cleveland Browns come to town Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers will be without two starters on offense. Those injuries will force the Steelers to continue to rely on contributions from their rookies.

David DeCastro is going to miss his second game of the season with an abdominal strain. Wide receiver Diontae Johnson will also miss this week’s game. Johnson is battling a back injury and also suffered a concussion against the Houston Texans.

To replace Johson and DeCastro in the starting lineup the Steeles will turn to their rookies once again. Kevin Dotson will see another start at guard and Chase Claypool will see more reps at wide receiver.

Steelers Rookies - Chase ClaypoolSo far this year Dotson has started one game, played in all four games, and has done little wrong. He has been penalized one time, allowed no sacks, very few pressures, and is opening lanes in the run game. He is also rated as the top guard in the NFL in terms of pass protection by Pro Football Focus.

Everyone is also aware of what Chase Claypool can bring to the table. Week 5 of the 2020 season may have given us the first glimpse of what Claypool can do. He put the NFL on notice with a four-touchdown performance versus the Eagles.

Typical the Steelers are slow to get young players into the fold. However, the Steelers rookies in 2020 are getting a trial by fire. And so far so good for these young players. If the team wants to stay undefeated they will need another big game from Claypool and Dotson.

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