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James Washington

James Washington

Wide Receiver #13
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 213 lb.
College:Oklahoma State
Born:April 2, 1996
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 2 (60)
Draft Team:PIT

James Washington: No receptions in Week 17

Washington failed to haul in either of his two targets in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Washington had an inconsistent end to his regular season, as he was held without a catch in two of the three final games of the year. The 24-year-old averaged 9.2 yards per target in 2019, but his production dropped off in 2020, partially due to the emergence of Chase Claypool in the Steelers' passing game. Washington brought in 30 of his 56 targets for 392 yards and a career-high five touchdowns during the regular season. While he should see a minor role during the playoffs this year, he could be more involved during the final year of his contract in 2021 if JuJu Smith-Schuster departs via free agency.

January 4, 2021 11:56 AM EST

James Washington: Targeted three times in win

Washington brought in two of his three targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Washington was held without a catch in the Steelers' Week 15 loss to the Bengals, but he was slightly more productive against Indianapolis. The 24-year-old has been targeted at least three times in each of the past six weeks, but he's averaging just 26.7 yards per game with two touchdowns during that time.

December 28, 2020 11:34 AM EST

James Washington: No catches on MNF

Washington failed to bring in any of his three targets in Monday's 24-17 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Washington reached the end zone in each of the last two contests, but he was held without a catch Monday for the first time since Week 8. The 2018 second-rounder has seen some increased work while the team's other receivers have struggled with drops, but he was unable to generate any production as the Steelers' passing game sputtered in Week 15.

December 22, 2020 10:36 AM EST

James Washington: Scores again in primetime

Washington caught three passes (six targets) for 29 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-15 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Pittsburgh's offense struggled for the majority of this contest, and starter Diontae Johnson suffered another case of the drops, leading to a benching and another opportunity for Washington to get more playing time and his second consecutive game with a touchdown. The 24-year-old entered the contest fourth on the depth chart, but his six targets were right in range with the Steelers' other three key wideouts. Perhaps it is time for fantasy managers in deeper leagues to start noticing Washington if he continues to see his role increase down the stretch at the expense of his underperforming teammates. It will be interesting to see how the targets shake out when the Bengals come to town Monday.

December 14, 2020 12:35 AM EST

James Washington: Long score Monday

Washington caught two of four targets for 80 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 23-17 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Washington broke a tackle following a medium-length reception and stretched it into a 50-yard touchdown toward the end of the second quarter. That play enabled him to finish atop Pittsburgh's receiving corps in yards despite catching only one other pass Monday. Although he had more than 40 receiving yards just once this season prior to Week 13, Washington's efficient outing now has his stock rising some ahead of Sunday's game in Buffalo.

December 7, 2020 5:55 PM EST

James Washington: Makes crucial grab against Ravens

Washington brought in two of his three targets for 19 yards in Wednesday's 19-14 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Washington recorded a contested catch on third down late in Wednesday's contest to help secure the win, but he had a muted role for the Steelers once again. The 2018 second-round pick has failed to top 20 yards in five of the last six contests. Washington also hasn't been targeted more than three times in any game since the team's Week 6 matchup.

December 3, 2020 9:41 AM EST

James Washington: Catches one pass Sunday

Washington hauled in one of his three targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 27-3 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Washington has now seen at least two targets in each of the last three games, but he was only able to bring in one reception in Sunday's win. The 2018 fourth-rounder is averaging 11.6 yards per reception over the first 10 games of the year.

November 23, 2020 11:59 AM EST

James Washington: Tallies two receptions in Week 10

Washington hauled in both of his targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 36-10 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Washington reached the end zone in the Steelers' Week 9 win, and he was efficient once again during the team's blowout win over the Bengals on Sunday. The 2018 second-rounder was on the field for 28 of the team's 73 offensive snaps Sunday, as the Steelers relied heavily on their passing attack in Week 10. Although he's made the most of his targets over the past two weeks, Washington remains entrenched as the team's clear fourth wide receiver on the depth chart.

November 16, 2020 10:18 AM EST

James Washington: Finds end zone against Dallas

Washington brought in one of his two targets for 17 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-19 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Washington failed to log a reception in either of the past two games, but he made the most of his two targets as he reached the end zone for the third time this year. The 24-year-old was on the field for just 19 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps Sunday, and his role has decreased recently despite his touchdown in Dallas.

November 9, 2020 2:16 PM EST

James Washington: Targeted once in Week 8

Washington, who was on the field for 10 of the Steelers' 53 offensive plays, failed to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Although the Steelers passed the ball 32 times Sunday, Washington wasn't very involved against the stingy Ravens defense. The 24-year-old racked up 68 yards in Week 6, but he's failed to record a reception since then while being targeted just twice over the past two weeks.

November 2, 2020 11:25 AM EST

James Washington: Plays minimal role in win

Washington failed to secure his only target in Sunday's 27-24 win over Tennessee.

Analysis: Washington recorded at least 20 receiving yards in each of the first five games of the season, including a season-high 68 yards in Week 6. However, Diontae Johnson returned to the field against the Titans and was targeted 15 times in the win. While Washington was relatively productive earlier in the year with Johnson on the field, his potential is certainly more limited with the receiving corps fully healthy. He'll face a tough matchup in Week 8 against the Ravens.

October 26, 2020 9:59 AM EST

James Washington: Re-emerges in win

Washington recorded four receptions on seven targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 against the Browns.

Analysis: Washington emerged as the second receiver in the Steelers' offense in the absence of Diontae Johnson (back). His biggest play of the day came on a 28-yard touchdown pass to to put Pittsburgh up 24-0. In Week 5, Washington managed only three receptions for 25 yards, and it appeared as if he was losing his role in the offense due to the emergence of rookie Chase Claypool. However, if Johnson is unable to return to the field for the team's Week 7 contest against Tennessee, Washington should maintain a decent number of targets.

October 18, 2020 5:49 PM EST

James Washington: Fades as offensive threat

Washington recorded three receptions on four targets for 25 yards in Week 5 against Philadelphia.

Analysis: After seeing seven targets in the team's last contest in Week 3, Washington faded in the offensive game plan with Dionate Johnson (back) absent for much of the game. Rookie Chase Claypool instead emerged as Ben Roethlisberger's favorite target. Assuming Johnson is good to go for the team's Week 6 matchup against the Browns, Washington is unlikely to see a heavy target share.

October 11, 2020 6:32 PM EST

James Washington: Leads team in targets, receptions

Washington caught five of seven targets for 36 yards during Sunday's 28-21 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Washington led the team in targets and receptions while finishing seven yards behind Juju Smith-Schuster for the lead in receiving yardage. He assumed a larger role in the offense after Diontae Johnson (concussion) left the game, and although he couldn't generate much yardage with his looks, he showed a nice rapport with Ben Roethlisberger. Washington could be in a spot to produce next Sunday against the Titans if Johnson is forced to sit out.

September 27, 2020 1:30 PM EST

James Washington: Held to 22 yards

Washington had three receptions for 22 yards in Sunday's 26-21 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: The third year wideout was targeted five times compared to three in Week 1, but he is still behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson on Pittsburgh's wide receiver depth chart. Even with a potentially high-scoring game against Houston in Week 2 it is difficult to insert him in your fantasy lineups.

September 21, 2020 7:09 AM EST

James Washington: Scores in opener

Washington caught two of three targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 26-16 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Washington added an exclamation point to Pittsburgh's first half, powering a 13-yard catch across the goal line with seven seconds remaining. Besides that score, he also chipped in with a 21-yard gain on his other grab. While that made for an efficient showing, Washington's volume unsurprisingly trailed top wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, but Diontae Johnson's six grabs on 10 targets comfortably surpassed his share as well. With rookie Chase Claypool making a couple catches to boot, the Steelers appear stocked with solid options, so it'll be interesting to see how Washington's workload shakes out in the weeks to come.

September 14, 2020 8:40 PM EST

James Washington: Practices fully

Washington (undisclosed) practiced fully Friday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Now that he's back practicing fully, the team's top downfield threat will continue to compete with second-year player Diontae Johnson and 2020 second-rounder Chase Claypool for targets behind behind Pittsburgh's No. 1 wideout, JuJu Smith-Schuster, .

August 21, 2020 12:47 PM EST

James Washington: Limited in practice

Washington was seen practicing in a limited capacity Wednesday, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Brian Batko.

Analysis: The past few weeks have been difficult for Washington, who is dealing with an undisclosed injury less than two weeks after being activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Steelers have a plethora of wide receiver talent on their roster so it is not surprising that the team would proceed cautiously with Washington.

August 19, 2020 7:22 PM EST

James Washington: Dealing with injury

Coach Mike Tomlin called Washington "day-to-day" due to a minor undisclosed injury, Gerry Dulac and Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.

Analysis: Washington wasn't in pads at Monday's practice and was limited Tuesday, but his injury isn't considered serious. It wouldn't surprised if the Steelers continue to exercise caution with the third-year wide receiver until he can handle a full allotment of drills.

August 18, 2020 6:38 PM EST

James Washington: Returns from COVID-19 list

The Steelers activated Washington from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Washington is back on the active roster with plenty of time to spare before the Steelers start padded practices in mid-August. The third-year pro profiles as the top deep threat in an offense with plenty of receiving weapons, hoping to build on a 2019 campaign in which he averaged 3.8 catches for 63.8 yards and 0.33 TDs across nine games in November and December.

August 7, 2020 7:42 AM EST

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