Chase Claypool’s first drop with the Bears was quickly followed by his second reception for his new team Sunday against the Dolphins.
“I think that’s a good feeling when something doesn’t go your way, but then they come right back to you and then you make a play,” Claypool said in the Bears’ locker room after their 35-32 loss. “I thought I owed it to the team to do that. But I’m appreciative of that.”
Claypool’s second chance turned into a physical 12-yard gain and the Bears’ second first down of a 15-play, 75-yard drive that ate up 7 minutes, 41 seconds and ended with tight end Cole Kmet’s 18-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown.
Both of Claypool’s receptions came on quick throws from quarterback Justin Fields. The first was a screen on the Bears’ third play from scrimmage and the second came with Dolphins cornerback Keion Crossen 9 yards away in coverage.
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The Bears offense felt different from the first snap and catch for Claypool. The fans at Soldier Field cheered on his first reception, though it barely went for a 1-yard gain.
“That was pretty cool,” Claypool said. “I can’t thank the Bears fans enough for being so welcoming the way they were.”
It came on a quick screen. It was an easy way for the Bears to introduce Claypool to the fan base and the Dolphins.
“That was really cool, something that I haven’t really gotten recently,” Claypool said. “I’m usually the guy blocking, so it was really cool to be in the catching position there.”