Hase Claypool is a self-confident man.
So much so that the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver considers himself one of the league's "top-three receivers."
Claypool noted on the newest "I Am Athlete" podcast, "I know for a fact I am not like the rest of the men in the NFL."
"I'm well aware that I'm a top-five wideout." "I'm well aware that I'm a top-three wideout."
Claypool will have to show it this fall, as his stats from his first two seasons in the league don't support that claim.
Claypool, in his second season in the league, had 860 receiving yards and two scores on 59 grabs. Last season, he only had one 100-yard game and only 41 receiving yards in the Steelers' final five games.
He was 35th in the league with 860 yards.
Even if that doesn't make him a "top-three" player in the NFL, blaming him for his lacklustre performance isn't fair.
Before retiring, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled at the end of the season, with the Steelers ranking No. 23 in offensive yards per game and No. 21 in points per game.
In terms of average yards per pass, they outperformed only two teams.
With the Steelers' new offence set to debut this fall — JuJu Smith-Schuster has left for the Kansas City Chiefs, and the team will be led by a new quarterback
Claypool believes he is prepared to not only lead Pittsburgh's new offence, but the league as well.
"I'm like, 'I'm a dog,' when I'm working." On the podcast, he remarked
"I'm also going to hound everybody queued up across from me." "And all I have to do now is bring that confidence, that spirit, and show them." It'll happen, I'm sure.
"And we're going to reverse this, and they're going to be like, 'Damn, he was right.'"