NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport was the first to report that wideout Chase Claypool will be inactive and that Tyson Bagent has been promoted to the second-string quarterback.
Claypool criticized his use within the offense on Friday, and while the entire offense has been struggling to find an identity this season, Claypool hasn’t exactly shined when his number was called.
“Sources say the reason for Claypool’s deactivation was a multitude of factors,” reports Rapoport, “including how players are asked to operate on a daily basis and how they prepare for games.
Wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown is expected to be active for the first time this year. St. Brown is known more for his run blocking than pass catching, and he has played some special teams during his career.
As for the Bagent news, Rapoport reports that his being QB2 is a decision that has “nothing to do with (Justin) Fields’ standing, but it does have to do with a young, promising QB deserving a promotion from No. 3 to No. 2.”