James Washington

Dallas Cowboys
Wide Receiver #13
Dallas Cowboys
Wide Receiver #13
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James Washington News

Going home to Texas

The Cowboys and Washington agreed to a one-year contract Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: A second-round pick in 2018, Washington wasn't able to make much headway in a stacked Steelers receiving corps in four campaigns with the team, topping out at 44 catches (2019), 735 yards (2019) and five touchdowns (2020) in any given year. The Texas native will be stuck behind CeeDee Lamb and eventually Michael Gallup once the latter is recovered from a torn ACL suffered Week 17 of last season. Until that happens, Washington's competition for WR reps consists of Noah Brown, pending further additions to the group this offseason.

Mar 18, 2022 4:13 PM EST

Off COVID list

Washington (undisclosed) has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Washington landed on the list on Jan. 8 and didn't play in the the Steelers' regular season finale against the Ravens, but the wideout will be available for Sunday's playoff opener against Kansas City. While his return to the mix bolsters Pittsburgh's WR depth, Washington's fantasy upside is capped by the fact that Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and Ray-Ray McCloud are also in the mix. Moreover, JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) has progressed to the point that he's returning to practice.

Jan 13, 2022 9:46 AM EST

Still on COVID-19 list

Washington (undisclosed) remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Tuesday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike Tomlin relayed the news regarding Washington, whom the Steelers placed on the COVID-19 list Saturday. Washington was forced to sit out Sunday's season-finale at Baltimore, but with Pittsburgh earning the No. 7 seed in the AFC he'll have another chance to play Sunday at Kansas City if he's able to clear league protocols.

Jan 11, 2022 9:33 AM EST

Remains on COVID list

Washington (reserve/COVID-19 list) is unavailable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: While Washington won't play in the Steelers' regular-season finale, Diontae Johnson is active after coming off the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Week 18 action. Johnson is thus slated to head the team's wideout corps Sunday along with Chase Claypool and Ray-Ray McCloud.

Jan 9, 2022 9:16 AM EST

Lands on COVID-19 list

The Steelers placed Washington (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

Analysis: While it's not yet clear whether Washington has tested positive for COVID-19, he'll likely be unavailable for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Ravens. Cody White could see a slight uptick in playing time in Week 18. Assuming he's sidelined Sunday, Washington hauled in 24 of 44 targets for 285 yards and two touchdowns across 15 appearances during the 2021 regular season.

Jan 8, 2022 10:23 AM EST

Earns five targets

Washington recorded three receptions on five targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 19-13 win over Tennessee.

Analysis: Washington tied with Najee Harris and Diontae Johnson for the team lead in targets Sunday, though the entire Pittsburgh offense posted uninspiring numbers. Most notable was that Washington outplayed Chase Claypool -- who recorded zero receptions on only two targets -- in what could be a sign that Washington is rising up the depth chart. Washington has recorded a combined seven receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown across his last two games. The Steelers' Week 16 matchup against Kansas City could provide for better offensive numbers, though Washington's role remains uncertain without additional news.

Dec 19, 2021 9:06 PM EST

Catches TD in loss

Washington secured four of six targets for 65 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 36-28 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Washington was held without a catch in the first half of Thursday's matchup, but he was more involved in the second half as the Steelers nearly pulled off an improbable comeback. The 25-year-old's four catches matched his highest mark of the year in what has been an inconsistent season for the receiver. In seven appearances since Pittsburgh's Week 7 bye, Washington has secured 11 of 22 targets for 141 yards and two touchdowns while rushing twice for 13 yards.

Dec 10, 2021 8:35 AM EST

Targeted once against Baltimore

Washington failed to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 20-19 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Washington saw a downturn in playing time against Baltimore, as he was on the field for just 37 percent of the team's offensive snaps after playing more than 50 percent of the offensive snaps in each of the last three weeks. As a result, the 25-year-old was held without a catch for the first time since Week 2. Washington hasn't been very involved for Pittsburgh recently, as he's secured just three of six targets for 15 yards across the last three games.

Dec 6, 2021 7:39 AM EST

Tallies three yards in loss

Washington hauled in one of two targets for three yards in Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Washington had racked up at least 10 yards in each of his last three appearances, but he failed to replicate his production as the Steelers' offense failed to gain much momentum against the Bengals. The 25-year-old has now secured 17 of 29 targets for 184 yards and a touchdown while rushing twice for 13 yards this season.

Nov 29, 2021 7:08 AM EST

Two catches in primetime

Washington secured two of three targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 41-37 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Washington has now been targeted at least three times in each of the last three games, but he failed to make much of an impact in Sunday night's loss. The 2018 second-rounder has played at least 32 snaps in each of the last four contests and has hauled in six of 13 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown while recording two carries for 13 yards during that time.

Nov 22, 2021 8:57 AM EST

Reaches end zone against Lions

Washington secured two of six targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 16-16 tie against the Lions.

Analysis: Although Washington recorded just two receptions in Sunday's matchup, he drew a season-high six targets and reached the end zone for the first time in 2021. The 2018 second-rounder has been inconsistent to begin the year and has brought in 14 of 24 targets for 169 yards and a touchdown.

Nov 14, 2021 9:17 PM EST

Tops 50 yards from scrimmage

Washington hauled in one of three receptions for 42 yards while recording two carries for 13 yards in Monday's 29-27 win over Chicago.

Analysis: Washington was limited to just 13 receiving yards across the last two games, but his 42-yard reception in the third quarter Monday was the Steelers' longest play of the game. Although the 25-year-old has been inconsistent this season, he'll likely see increased work if Chase Claypool (undisclosed) is forced to miss additional time.

Nov 9, 2021 7:42 AM EST

Targeted once against Cleveland

Washington secured his lone target for four yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Washington's playing time ramped back up following Pittsburgh's bye week, as the 2018 second-rounder was on the field for 46 percent of the team's offensive snaps against the Browns. Although the Steelers have been playing without JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) recently after he underwent season-ending surgery, Washington has totaled just two catches for 13 yards across the last two games.

Nov 1, 2021 8:27 AM EST

Totals nine yards in victory

Washington hauled in his lone target for nine yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: The 2018 second-rounder returned to the field against the Seahawks after he missed last week's game due to a groin injury. Even though the Steelers were playing without JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) in Week 6, Washington played just eight offensive snaps in the overtime win. Washington should see an uptick in playing time with Smith-Schuster out for the season, but Ray-Ray McCloud saw the biggest jump in playing time Sunday and was on the field for 52 offensive snaps.

Oct 18, 2021 8:39 AM EST

Cleared for Week 6

Washington (groin) was a full participant in practice Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against Seattle, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Washington should feature in three-receiver sets with JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) done for the season, but he's already had opportunities to do so and failed to take advantage, with both Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool having missed a game this season. Now that he's back from the groin injury that kept him out of last week's win over Denver, Washington will look to add to his season totals of nine catches for 99 yards against the leaky Seattle secondary.

Oct 15, 2021 1:09 PM EST

Limited again Thursday

Washington (groin) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Washington was unavailable for Sunday's Week 5 win over Denver, but he's practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday and Thursday. He appears to be trending toward playing against the Seahawks on Sunday, and he's expected to handle an increased workload after JuJu Smith-Schuster underwent season-ending shoulder surgery.

Oct 14, 2021 1:09 PM EST

Returns to practice

Washington (groin) returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

Analysis: Washington missed the Week 5 win over Denver, in which fellow Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. That leaves Washington as the No. 3 behind Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool (hamstring), though it'll likely be the latter two taking most of Smith-Schuster's slot work while Washington replaces them on the perimeter. In any case, he'll first need to prove he's healthy enough to play, with two more practices on tap before Sunday's game against Seattle.

Oct 13, 2021 2:06 PM EST

Could be back Week 6

Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that he expects Washington (groin) to get some practice work in early this week, potentially putting the receiver on track to play Sunday against the Seahawks, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Washington was a mid-week addition to the injury report Week 5, as he was limited by the groin injury Thursday before sitting out Friday's practice and then getting ruled out ahead of Sunday's win over the Broncos. Based on Tomlin's comments, Washington sounds like he'll be able to get back on the field in some capacity Wednesday, when the Steelers hold their first practice of the week. If Washington is ultimately cleared to play this weekend, he should be in store for a regular role in three-receiver sets after JuJu Smith-Schuster sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in the win over Denver.

Oct 12, 2021 9:41 AM EST

Won't play Sunday

Washington (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Analysis: Washington was added to the injury report as a limited participant Thursday, and he's now been ruled out for Week 5 after sitting out Friday's practice. Ray-Ray McCloud is poised to operate as Pittsburgh's No. 4 wideout this weekend.

Oct 8, 2021 1:42 PM EST

Limited in Thursday's practice

Washington (groin) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Washington didn't have any limitations in Wednesday's practice but is apparently managing a groin injury Thursday. Assuming he's able to practice Friday, it wouldn't be surprising to see him on the field Sunday against the Broncos. However, he could see decreased work if Chase Claypool (hamstring) returns to action.

Oct 7, 2021 2:10 PM EST

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