James Washington
James Washington
23-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Pittsburgh Steelers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 60th overall pick in 2018, Washington wasn't used much as a rookie, and when he was he did poorly - only 38 targets all season and 16 catches for a paltry 5.7 YPT. But with Antonio Brown's 168 targets gone and only Donte Moncrief and third-round pick Diontae Johnson brought in to replace him, opportunity knocks. At 5-11, 213, and with middling speed (4.54 40), Washington's physical specs aren't far off from those of incumbent star JuJu Smith-Schuster, a similarly stout former second-rounder who burst onto the scene in 2017. While Washington's debut wasn't nearly as auspicious, the Steelers organization has been excellent at finding high-quality receivers lacking elite pedigrees the last decade (from Mike Wallace to Emmanuel Sanders to Brown to Smith-Schuster). Expect Ryan Switzer and Eli Rogers to battle it out for slot work when Smith-Schuster lines up outside, leaving Washington to compete with Moncrief (and to a lesser extent Johnson) for the other wideout job. Ben Roethlisberger led the NFL in attempts by a wide margin last year with 675, so the winner should have a significant role. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $4.5 million contract with the Steelers in May of 2018.
Drops weight ahead of second season
WRPittsburgh Steelers
May 23, 2019
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 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 behind JuJu Smith-Schuster ahead of the 2019 campaign.
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How do James Washington's 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
44.1
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.17
 
% Team Air Yards
12.2%
 
% Team Targets
5.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
16.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
42.1%
 
Drop Rate
5.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.6
 
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2018 James Washington Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do James Washington's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
213 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.32 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.11 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
14 reps
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
32.38 in
 
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
For the second straight year Pittsburgh selected a receiver in the second round of the draft, and they are hoping history will repeat itself, with Washington potentially following the path that JuJu Smith-Schuster took in his first season. With Martavis Bryant traded to the West Coast, the rookie immediately moves to third on the depth chart behind Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown, making Washington someone worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses.
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Competing with Moncrief outside
WRPittsburgh Steelers
March 14, 2019
Washington likely will compete with Donte Moncrief for playing time, ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler reports.
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Leads team with 64 receiving yards
WRPittsburgh Steelers
December 30, 2018
Washington caught all three of his targets for 64 yards during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.
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Added work on tap Sunday
WRPittsburgh Steelers
December 30, 2018
With Antonio Brown (knee) inactive Sunday against the Bengals, look for Washington's profile in the Steelers' Week 17 offense to expand.
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Awful rookie season continues
WRPittsburgh Steelers
December 23, 2018
Washington failed to catch either of his two targets during Sunday's 31-28 loss to New Orleans.
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Could get start in New Orleans
WRPittsburgh Steelers
December 21, 2018
Washington is expected to step into a starting role if JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) can't play in Sunday's game at New Orleans, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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