Canadian Chase Claypool named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

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Canadian receiver Chase Claypool has drawn his first NFL accolade.

The 22-year-old Claypool was named the American Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week by the NFL for his four touchdown performance in a 38-29 win versus the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5.

“We’re happy that Chase is coming along, he’s an awesome football player, he had a great week,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said during his Wednesday videoconference.

Claypool was the focal point of the Steelers’ offensive game plan, using him as a rusher and receiver. He finished with seven catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns to go along with three rushes for six yards and one touchdown.

Steelers’ receiver Chase Claypool scores four touchdowns against Eagles

The Abbotsford, B.C. native scored one touchdown in each quarter for Pittsburgh and left a mark on the record books. He became the first Canadian to produce four touchdowns in a single NFL game and the third rookie receiver in league history to hit pay-dirt four times in one contest.

Claypool joins current teammates, Roethlisberger and receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster as the only Steelers rookies to ever win Offensive POW. Roethlisberger sensed the ‘big game’ was coming from his six-foot-four, 238-pound pass catcher.