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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: 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

James Washington: Placed on COVID-19 list

The Steelers have placed Washington on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: The report notes that the list was "created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person." Washington is expected to compete for targets in 2020 with Pittsburgh's No. 1 wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, second-year man Diontae Johnson and second-round pick Chase Claypool.

August 2, 2020 10:33 AM EST

James Washington: Zero receptions in finale

Washington failed to catch any of his three targets in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: This was only the second game played this season in which Washington failed to have a catch. The second-year receiver took a step forward from his rookie season finishing 2019 with 44 receptions (on 80 targets) for 735 yards and three touchdowns playing in 15 games. He led the team in receiving yards and yards per catch (16.7) but needs to improve on his 50.8 catch percentage entering the third year of his four-year contract.

December 30, 2019 8:21 AM EST

James Washington: Comes up short in loss

Washington caught five of eight targets for 41 yards in Pittsburgh's 16-10 loss Sunday.

Analysis: Washington's performance was slightly below his average of 53 yards receiving per game entering the contest. He missed out on a chance for a big game -- and possibly the win -- when Jets safety Marcus Maye broke-up what would have been a 44-yard touchdown on Pittsburgh's final drive. The loss now has Pittsburgh on the outside looking in on the playoff picture heading into a Week 17 must-win game against Baltimore.

December 22, 2019 3:09 PM EST

James Washington: Leads team in receiving

Washington had five catches (11 targets) for 83 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Washington stepped up as the Steelers' top wideout again with Juju Smith-Schuster (knee) sidelined for another week. With the latter's status still up in the air for the final two weeks of the regular season, Washington and his 77.3 yard average over the past six weeks will continue to be a deep-league option and potential flex play in softer matchups. Next week's opponent, the New York Jets, may be one of those softer matchups with a middle-of-the-pack pass defense this season (239.9 passing yards allowed per game).

December 15, 2019 10:09 PM EST

James Washington: Held in check in win

Washington caught all four of his targets for 33 yards in Pittsburgh's 23-17 win over Arizona on Sunday.

Analysis: Since Smith-Schuster (knee) was forced to leave the game in Week 11 Washington had his best two games this season catching seven passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy owners that inserted him into playoff lineups had to be disappointed by his lowest yardage total since Week 8. For those owners that managed to advance consider that Washington faces a solid Buffalo pass defense in Week 15.

December 8, 2019 6:08 PM EST

James Washington: Reels in touchdown

Washington caught all four of his targets for 111 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Washington made the most of JuJu Smith-Schuster's (knee) absence, nabbing a 30-yard touchdown just before halftime and then coming down with a 44-yard gain on the opening drive of the second half to set up Pittsburgh's only other touchdown on the day. Washington has been red hot despite drawing attention with Smith-Schuster out and mediocre quarterback play. He's topped 90 yards and scored in three of his last four games. He boasts an unreal 19.3 yards-per-catch average and faces off Sunday against an Arizona defense that has been burned deep all season, surrendering 4.9 passing plays of at least 20 yards per game this season, including nine in Week 13 against the Rams.

December 1, 2019 4:40 PM EST

James Washington: Big role awaits sans Smith-Schuster

Washington and Diontae Johnson are expected to serve as the Steelers' primary options at wide receiver Sunday against the Browns with JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) ruled out for a second straight game, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Pryor speculates that Deon Cain could also see a bump in snaps after making a big 35-yard catch in last week's 16-10 win over Cincinnati, but Washington and Johnson should remain the team's clear top two receivers after handling 78 percent and 68 percent offensive snaps shares, respectively, against the Bengals. Washington provided perhaps the best highlight of his young NFL career in the victory, finding a soft spot on the defense on a slant route and then stiff-arming his way to a 79-yard catch-and-run for a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter. The second-year player will look to continue building his rapport with quarterback Devlin Hodges -- who replaced a struggling Mason Rudolph and quickly connected with Washington on the score -- as the Steelers look to stay in the thick of the AFC wild-card race.

November 29, 2019 2:17 PM EST

James Washington: Scores long touchdown vs. Bengals

Washington caught three of seven targets for 98 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 16-10 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Washington provided an enormous spark when his team needed it the most, catching a pass from Devlin Hodges and beating a defender before racing for a 79-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He led the team in targets on the day and, although he hauled in less than half his looks, he still finished with his greatest output of the season. Washington is averaging an impressive 76.5 yards per game over his last four and will look to keep it going next Sunday against Cleveland.

November 24, 2019 3:38 PM EST

James Washington: Leads team with 49 yards

Washington caught three of five targets for 49 yards in Pittsburgh's 21 - 7 loss to Cleveland Thursday night.

Analysis: Coming off his best performance in Week 10 (6-90-1) Washington took a step backwards despite leading the team in yards from scrimmage. This was especially disappointing given the opportunity presented to Washington when JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) and Diontae Johnson (concussion) were forced out of action and unable to return. Washington is averaging 41 yards on less than three receptions per game this season and failed to catch his only target in a Week 4 matchup against Cincinnati.

November 14, 2019 10:46 PM EST

James Washington: Ruled out for Week 6

Washington (shoulder) won't suit up against the Chargers on Sunday and is considered week-to-week, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Washington was spotted without his shoulder in a sling Wednesday, indicating that he's made some progress in his recovery, but the second-year pro's injury is evidently severe enough to have already ruled him out for Week 6. The Steelers will benefit from a bye week after Sunday's tilt against the Chargers, which opens up the possibility that Washington could only miss one game. In any case, Johnny Holton, Ryan Switzer and Donte Moncrief could all see increased opportunities as long as Washington remains sidelined.

October 9, 2019 10:23 AM EST

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