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James Washington

Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver #13
Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver #13
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James Washington News

Logs two receptions in Week 1

Washington brought in both of his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 23-16 win over Buffalo.

Analysis: Washington was limited in Friday's practice due to a finger injury, but he was still able to play a reserve role in Sunday's season opener. However, the 25-year-old's production unsurprisingly lagged behind Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool in the comeback victory.

Sep 12, 2021 7:08 PM EST

Limited Friday, but no injury designation

Though Washington was added to the Steelers' injury report with a finger issue that limited him at practice Friday, he doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's season opener against the Bills, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: We'll operate under the assumption that Washington's finger issue is minor and won't impact his Week 1 availability. Heading into the season, he profile as Pittsburgh's clear No. 4 wide receiver behind Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool, a context that limits Washington's fantasy ceiling out of gate in 2021.

Sep 10, 2021 11:51 AM EST

Fails to secure lone target

Washington was unable to secure his lone target in Friday's 34-9 preseason loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Washington totaled three receptions for 24 yards in last week's preseason win over the Lions, but he was much less involved Friday despite playing 40 percent of the team's offensive snaps. The 2018 second-rounder had inconsistent results during the preseason and reportedly requested a trade following the Hall of Fame Game, but he's trending toward remaining in Pittsburgh ahead of the Week 1 matchup against the Bills. However, Washington will open the season as the team's clear No. 4 receiver behind Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool.

Aug 28, 2021 9:21 AM EST

Three grabs in Saturday's win

Washington (leg) secured three of four targets for 24 yards in the Steelers' 26-20 preseason win over the Lions on Saturday night.

Analysis: The speedster was able to shake off the leg injury that had befallen him earlier in camp to suit up and play a solid role in the night's air attack. Washington made some waves earlier in August with a trade request, and a move elsewhere could still potentially come to fruition ahead of Week 1; however, for the moment, there's no indication the 2018 second-round pick won't open the new season in Pittsburgh, albeit as a likely No. 4 wideout once again.

Aug 21, 2021 8:10 PM EST

Still dealing with leg injury

Washington had a wrap with ice on his lower right leg Saturday, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Washington has been bothered by the minor injury since at least last weekend, missing practice time shortly after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the wideout had requested a trade. It makes sense given his standing as the No. 4 receiver in a contract year, but head coach Mike Tomlin and OC Matt Canada both downplayed the report and said Washington is an important part of the team/offense. It sounds like Washington should return to practice soon, considering he stretched and ran sprints Saturday afternoon.

Aug 14, 2021 12:12 PM EST

Exits Sunday's practice

Washington left Sunday's practice and was seen icing his right leg while watching from the sideline, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: It appears to be a minor injury since Washington continues to watch from the sidelined rather that receiving treatment for the issue. It was reported earlier in the week the 25-year-old requested a trade, though coach Mike Tomlin refuted that speculation. Washington may take things easy for a couple days, but the injury shouldn't affect his status for the start of the regular season.

Aug 8, 2021 12:47 PM EST

Coach downplays trade rumor

With regard to reports that Washington has requested a trade, coach Mike Tomlin indicated that the wideout hasn't approached him about such a matter, Chris Harlan of The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports. "Those unnamed sources, we don't react to or respond to," Tomlin noted Saturday. "James has been great here and working and having a great camp."

Analysis: At this stage, Washington presumably slots in behind Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool in the Steelers' wideout pecking order, but the 2018 second-rounder still has "a good role" with the team, according to offensive coordinator Matt Canada. "We're really talented in that room right now," Canada said of the Steelers' current WR corps. "Certain games are different matchups. Certain things happen. But James is a big part of what we do and he'll continue to have a role with us." Washington logged 30 catches (on 56 targets) for 392 yards and five TDs in 16 games with Pittsburgh last season.

Aug 8, 2021 7:20 AM EST

Asks for trade

Washington has requested a trade, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Analysis: The 2018 second-rounder saw his playing time dip last season and with JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool also in the Steelers' wideout mix, a change of scenery could boost Washington's stock in 2021. It remains to be seen if the Steelers are inclined to move the 25-year-old, however.

Aug 6, 2021 10:14 AM EST

Projects as No. 4 receiver

Washington is listed with the second unit on Pittsburgh's camp-opening depth chart.

Analysis: The starting wideouts, as expected, are Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and JuJu Smith-Schuster, while Washington is listed as Johnson's backup. There was some thought back in February/March that Washington could be promoted back to a starting role this year, but the Steelers ended up re-signing Smith-Schuster to a one-year, $8 million contract. As things stand, Washington is unlikely to start unless one of the three guys ahead of him misses time with an injury.

Jul 26, 2021 9:23 AM EST

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.

Jan 4, 2021 11:56 AM EST

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.

Dec 28, 2020 11:34 AM EST

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.

Dec 22, 2020 10:36 AM EST

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.

Dec 14, 2020 12:35 AM EST

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.

Dec 7, 2020 5:55 PM EST

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.

Dec 3, 2020 9:41 AM EST

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.

Nov 23, 2020 11:59 AM EST

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.

Nov 16, 2020 10:18 AM EST

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.

Nov 9, 2020 2:16 PM EST

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.

Nov 2, 2020 11:25 AM EST

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.

Oct 26, 2020 9:59 AM EST

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