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James Washington

James Washington

Wide Receiver #13
ADP:Round: 12, Pick: 8
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 213 lb.
College:Oklahoma State
Age:24
Born:April 2, 1996
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 2 (60)
Draft Team:PIT

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

James Washington: Likely out a few weeks

Washington (shoulder) is expected to miss a few weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike Tomlin had a more optimistic outlook Tuesday morning, saying he viewed Washington as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Chargers. With the wide receiver reportedly facing a multi-game absence, the Steelers may need to choose between Johnny Holton, Ryan Switzer and Donte Moncrief for a regular spot in three-wide sets alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson. It'll be a major surprise if Washington practices Wednesday.

October 9, 2019 6:44 AM EST

James Washington: Looking shaky for Week 6

Coach Mike Tomlin said that he's viewing Washington (shoulder) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Washington played 33 of the Steelers' 60 offensive snaps (55 percent) in the 26-23 overtime loss to the Ravens in Week 5, finishing with a season-high three receptions for 52 yards before the shoulder injury forced him from the contest. The wideout's status for Week 6 won't be officially established until the Steelers see what he's able to do in practice Wednesday through Friday, but Tomlin's early expectation is that Washington will carry a designation into Sunday. If Washington is sidelined this weekend, Johnny Holton would be the next man up to see increased reps alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson in three-receiver sets.

October 8, 2019 9:37 AM EST

James Washington: Suffers shoulder injury

Washington was forced out of Sunday's game against the Ravens with a shoulder injury.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Washington caught three of his six targets for 52 yards. In his absence, added targets are available for Diontae Johnson and Johnny Holton.

October 6, 2019 12:38 PM EST

James Washington: Comes up empty in win

Washington failed to catch his lone target in Monday night's 27-3 win over Cincinnati.

Analysis: Mason Rudolph seems to favor rookie Diontae Johnson over Washington -- and even JuJu Smith-Schuster -- when he isn't dumping short passes to his running backs. Washington has caught just six of 15 targets in four games and should not be in fantasy lineups heading into Pittsburgh's Week 5 game against Baltimore.

September 30, 2019 10:17 PM EST

James Washington: Two receptions again

Washington caught two of four targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 24-20 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: For a third straight game Washington managed just two receptions. Fantasy owners hoping he might benefit from having Mason Rudolph -- his quarterback from Oklahoma State -- under center were disappointed in Week 3 as Washington was outperformed by rookie Diontae Johnson (3-52-1). Washington will look to rebound on Monday night against Cincinnati's beleaguered defense.

September 22, 2019 10:24 PM EST

James Washington: Takes step backwards in loss

Washington had two catches for 23 yards in Pittsburgh's 28-26 loss to Seattle on Sunday.

Analysis: Washington received just three targets -- half of what he saw in Week 1 -- and only one after Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) was out of the game. The Roethlisberger injury, as well as the one sustained by James Conner (knee) could limit Pittsburgh's already struggling offense against an undefeated San Francisco in Week 3. If Big Ben or Armadillo can't suit up fantasy owners may want to avoid using most Steelers, including Washington.

September 15, 2019 3:55 PM EST

James Washington: Pedestrian effort in blowout loss

Washington caught two of six targets for 51 yards in Pittsburgh's 33-3 loss to New England on Sunday.

Analysis: In the position battle between Washington and Donte Moncrief, Washington was the least worst in the season opener. His lone highlight was a 45-yard catch on the drive that led to Pittsburgh's only points of the game, and he'll need to show more consistency against Seattle in Week 2.

September 8, 2019 11:22 PM EST

James Washington: Scores on long reception

Washington caught one of two targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 18-6 preseason win over Tennessee.

Analysis: Washington has looked good through the first three preseason games but is still building chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger. As a result, he is remains slightly behind Donte Moncrief to start the season but still has fantasy value, which could increase as the season progresses.

August 26, 2019 4:15 PM EST

James Washington: Second consecutive strong outing

Washington brought in four of five targets for 78 yards in the Steelers' 17-7 preseason win over the Chiefs on Saturday.

Analysis: For the second time in as many exhibitions, Washington led the Steelers in both receptions and receiving yards. The second-year wideout appears primed for a major step forward if his work this summer is any indication, and he could even be gaining on veteran Donte Moncrief for the No. 2 wideout job. Coach Mike Tomlin likely won't make a final decision on final slotting for the wide receiver depth chart until just prior to the regular season, but Washington could certainly continue making a strong case for himself in the next preseason outing against the Titans.

August 17, 2019 9:24 PM EST

James Washington: Thrives in preseason opener

Washington brought in four of five targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' 30-28 preseason win over the Buccaneers on Friday.

Analysis: Washington paced the Steelers in receptions and receiving yardage while seeing extensive playing time. The second-year wideout's touchdown reception came on the third drive, when he snared a perfect back-shoulder throw from Mason Rudolph. Washington also posted 43- and 22-yard catches during the contest, making it a stellar all-around effort on a night when JuJu Smith-Schuster was inactive for precautionary reasons.

August 9, 2019 9:20 PM EST

James Washington: Drops weight ahead of second season

Washington said Thursday that he's dropped roughly 15 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Washington self-reported that he played at 225 pounds during his rookie year, a weight you'd expect would make a 5-foot-11 player more of a running back. He now says he's down to 209, below the 213 pounds he was measured at during the 2018 NFL Combine. It's not uncommon for players to show significant changes in physique during their first years of experiencing a pro-caliber training program, but Washington's case is particularly notable given his short-but-stout frame. The No. 60 overall pick in last year's draft is angling to fend off Donte Moncrief for the No. 2 receiving role under JuJu Smith-Schuster ahead of the 2019 campaign.

May 23, 2019 12:01 PM EST

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