Are the Chicago Bears sending a message to Chase Claypool?

Chicago Bears, Chase Claypool
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Chase Claypool has been a hot topic for the Chicago Bears. Fans have been upset by the lack of dedication to football by the wide receiver. During their time away from football, Claypool went overseas to do a little modeling. He also served as a Global Ambassador for the NFL during a camp for kids in the United Kingdom. There have been analysts like Marc Silverman of ESPN Chicago stating that the organization isn't thrilled with Chase Claypool. Some have even hinted he could be on the roster bubble.

The outrage seemed a little ridiculous at the time, however, it does appear that the Chicago Bears are either sending a message to Claypool or his injury should be even more concerning than many believed. Back in June, Chase Claypool was unable to participate in minicamp because he was nursing a minor soft-tissue injury. Even though we have seen Claypool working with Justin Fields, it is a little concerning to now hear that the Chicago Bears have placed Claypool on the PUP list prior to the start of training camp later this week.

Is it possible that Matt Eberflus and Ryan Poles are doing this to put some pressure on Claypool? He is entering the final year of his contract and will be showcasing his abilities to every team in the NFL, not just the Bears. If Ryan Poles decides not to retain him, Claypool will want to make sure he has a solid market to be signed by other teams or he could see his ability to earn a large contract go by the wayside.

Is Chase Claypool injured or is this the Chicago Bears sending a message?

This is pure speculation, but it wouldn't be surprising. This is the same coaching staff that was concerned about a Wednesday practice and started Lucas Patrick over Teven Jenkins. The old school mentality is easily a part of Eberflus' coaching repertoire. It should be noted that the Bears making this move now also allows Chase Claypool to return at any point during training camp.

Are these soft tissue injuries for Chase Claypool going to turn into something we saw years ago with Alshon Jeffery, or will Claypool be fine and ready to get to work in a few days? What we can note is that it should help open the door for the younger receivers Velus Jones, Jr. and Tyler Scott. Jones had a rough rookie campaign and will look to bounce back this season. Tyler Scott is a fourth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and looks to find playing time on this roster. With Claypool's absence, one or both could make a case for more reps this season.

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What do you think? Is Chase Claypool really dealing with minor injuires or is this the Chicago Bears way of sending a message to the young wide receiver?