WR James Washington - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-0, 205||Born: 4-2-1996||College: Oklahoma State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2018|
2019 Week 1 vs NE (6 / 2 / 51 / 0 rec)
One of the few bright spots of the game came from James Washington in the third quarter. With the Steelers looking for answers downfield, Washington had over the top overage. His defender felt Washington bump against him and then Washington was able to pull away. He tracked the pass deep for a 45-yard gain. Washington's only other reception on the evening also went for a first down conversion in the fourth quarter.
2019 Week 2 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Washington wasn't involved much, but his highlight catch came in the second quarter. The Steelers offense had two first downs from a defensive holding on Juju Smith-Schuster and a Smith-Schuster reception. On a crossing route, Roethlisberger threw the ball behind Washington. Washington displayed excellent body control and hands as he reached behind him for the pass and immediately turned up field.
2019 Week 3 vs SF (4 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
The connection between Mason Rudolph and James Washington was one of the biggest stories of the night given their history from college. The problem with expecting production from James Washington right now is that Washington is not the next man up behind Donte Moncrief. Washington is a slot receiver who is still having trouble getting off the line and isn't used as much as rookie Diontae Johnson. Washington's best reception of the night came on a screen pass. Washington showed good explosion after the catch.
2019 Week 9 vs IND (4 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)
There weren't many shots downfield or highlight plays, but James Washington had two of them. On the second possession of the game Washington ran a comeback route to convert a third down. The ball looked like it was about to fall pop out of Washington's hands for the second straight week. Fortunately, Washington showed impressive hand eye coordination and land on the ball. Also, on one of the rare throws of over ten yards, Mason Rudolph was hit as he threw the ball and sent a lame duck pass downfield. Washington made a good play in front of a defender and brought in a contested catch. Without that reception Rudolph would have passed for under 150 yards on the day.
2019 Week 10 vs LAR (7 / 6 / 90 / 1 rec)
The Oklahoma State connection was on full display in Week 10 and the announcers didn't let us forget it. Washington's first reception of the contest came on the third drive of the game and on the lone touchdown drive of the game. On Washington's first reception, Rudolph showed exception anticipation with Washington, releasing the football before he even broke his route inside. The reception got the Steelers to the five-yard line and then two plays later Rudolph found Washington with one on one coverage. Rudolph threw a 50-50 ball for his guy and put it in the perfect place for him to make a play. Late in the second quarter, Rudolph again found Washington on a perfectly thrown ball, this time deeper down the field. Washington was able to run through the reception and split between two defenders for a nice run after the catch. At the end of the run, the ball was punched loose, and the fumble was lost. Rudolph and Washington were able to get things going one last time on the final scoring drive of the game. The two connected on the final scoring drive for 40 of the Steelers 60-yards.
2018 Week 2 vs KC (5 / 1 / 14 / 1 rec)
With Justin Hunter getting a game day inactive (coach's decision) Washington drew the start in a three wide receiver set. Washington was targeted early and often in this match-up. On the first drive alone Washington had three targets, two of them being deep. Washington was splitting time with Ryan Switzer, who saw time in the slot and also at running back. Washington's touchdown reception came on a controversial pass where Ben Roethlisberger appeared to cross the line of scrimmage before the pass left his hand. Even so, the play was ruled a touchdown on the field.
2018 Week 9 vs BAL (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
The Steelers are switching weekly between James Washington and Justin Hunter trying to find some level on consistency downfield. While replacing Hunter in the lineup, Washington was involved early having both of his receptions in the first half. Unfortunately, Washington disappeared in the second half and was replaced by Ryan Switzer as a more reliable target.
2018 Week 15 vs NE (4 / 3 / 65 / 0 rec)
Coming out of half-time the Steelers saw something they wanted to exploit down the field. Roethlisberger stared down Washington and Washington delivered. The ball was high, but Washington made a strong catch leaping over the defender and securing the ball before hitting the ground. Roethlisberger went right back to Washington and he didn't disappoint. Washington caught the ball on a simple hitch and made a defender miss for an additional 15-yards after the catch. Similar to Eli Rogers, Washington was making plays, but he quickly became irrelevant and saw only one other target for the rest of the game.
2018 Week 17 vs CIN (3 / 3 / 64 / 0 rec)
A bulk of Washington's production came on one play in the third quarter. On first down Ben Roethlisberger pump faked and James Washington was able to get a step on his defender on a fly route down the field. The pass was perfectly dropped into Washington's hands for a 47-yard gain late in the game.