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.
2019 Week 11 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)
With so many key skill position players out after the first half of the game it is quizzical how Washington ended the evening with only five targets. Early on, Washington drew a defensive pass interference which led to a 33-yard gain and a first down. Throughout the evening Washington and Rudolph and Washington displayed good chemistry. Rudolph was able to hit Washington on a curl route. The ball was delivered perfectly as Washington was coming out of his break and back towards the ball. Washington's blemish on the evening was a reception breakup. Washington was running a shallow crossing route from left to right and the pass was perfectly on target. The defender simply put his hands between Washington and the ball.
2019 Week 12 vs CIN (7 / 3 / 98 / 1 rec)
Washington should be considered player of the game for the Steelers. He showed consistency and showed up in a big moment. Washington's first reception was a poorly thrown screen pass. The ball was thrown high and did not allow the blockers to setup the screen play in front of him. Washington drew an offensive pass interference call for shoving the defender ahead of him. He was able to follow up his offensive pass interference penalty with a touchdown reception. Washington ran a simple deep crossing route and was able to stiff arm the Bengals defender as the defender was flipping his hips trying to catch him. Washington drew a questionable defensive pass interference call against the same Cincinnati defender he stiff armed earlier for 8-yards. Washington's last reception of the game was on a downfield screen. Washington showed strong hands and followed his blockers well.
2019 Week 13 vs CLE (4 / 4 / 111 / 1 rec)
Washington's day was filled with highlight plays. Three of Washington's four receptions were all highlight quality. On his first reception working outside against the Browns top cornerback, Washington was able to get both feet in bounds on a tough catch along the sideline. His second was an amazing catch for a touchdown, which would have been defensive pass interference at the one-yard line even if the ball was dropped. As a defender pulled Washington to the ground, he kept he turned around to make an adjustment on the ball, the ball then jarred loose, and then Washington still was able to make the catch. Tied the game 10-10 before halftime. Finally, Washington had another great concentration catch on tight coverage. The ball was dropped right over the shoulder perfectly.
2019 Week 14 vs ARI (4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
The yardage isn't always on the stat sheet. James Washington may have finished the day with only 33 -yards, but he was able to draw two defensive pass interference penalties against Byron Murphy for an additional 39-yards. Washington's best reception of the day came on a simple curl route. The reception was made in traffic and it took multiple defenders to bring him down after the catch.
2019 Week 15 vs BUF (11 / 5 / 83 / 0 rec)
The target total was high, but the quality of the targets was not. Washington had two highlight receptions. The first was on a sluggo (slant and go) on Micah Hyde. Washington then completely turned around for an underthrown ball for 34-yards. Washington showed great adjustment for a poorly thrown ball. Washington had another highlight reception on a crucial catch on third down. Ball was just thrown up for Washington and he made a beautiful tracking catch with his body fully turned.
2019 Week 16 vs NYJ (8 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
The splash plays were almost there for James Washington which would have taken a good night to a great night. After starting the game being take down on a gruesome looking horse collar tackle where Washington's knees buckled and he was checked out on the sideline, Washington came back in quickly. Washington was quickly targeted and made a great high point catch in traffic. Washington's first missed catch came deep down the sideline. He has made this type of tricky adjustment on the ball before in previous games, but was not able to come up with the catch here. On the next to last play of the game, Washington was targeted on one on one coverage deep down the middle of the field. The ball was delivered in a place where Washington could get both hands on the ball. Unfortunately, Washington could not bring in the pass and the drive ultimately stalled out.
2019 Week 17 vs BAL (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
This wasn't Washington's game. He had two clear opportunities to make big plays for the Steelers. His first was when he was wide open in zone coverage over the middle on a shallow crossing route. Unfortunately, Washington dropped the reception. The second was a deep pass off the fingertips on an over the shoulder pass.
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.