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James Washington | Cowboys WR

Date of Birth:  04/02/1996
Age:  26
Height  6'0"
Weight:   205
College:  Oklahoma State
Drafted:  2018 | Round 2 | Pick 60
Depth Chart:  Starter

James Washington | Cowboys WR


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James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington is signing with the Cowboys.

Washington is landing in a terrific spot as the No. 3 wideout for Dallas, and his vertical skillset fits well alongside CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup. Particularly if Gallup isn’t healthy for the opener coming off a torn ACL, Washington—who flashed whenever given the opportunity in Pittsburgh—should be an undervalued option in redraft leagues as an upside FLEX.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

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

Washington won't be able to play tomorrow against the Ravens for Week 18, so this unfortunately concludes the former second round pick's 2021 regular season. Washington caught 24 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns while adding two carries for 13 yards this season, and the 25-year-old big-play threat simply didn't play enough snaps to make a huge impact. Washington will become a free agent this offseason and will no doubt be looking for a starting role with a team.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington (groin) has been ruled out for Week 5.

Washington likely suffered the injury at practice after not having a designation to start the week, but he's out either way. Pittsburgh will at least have all three of Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Chase Claypool on Sunday.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington has requested a trade, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Washington's request comes due to a lack of playing time, and it seems very reasonable based on his talent level with Pittsburgh clearly having JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, and Chase Claypool as their starting trio. Last night, the former Oklahoma State standout remained on the field with backups after Johnson and Claypool both were done for the night (JuJu didn't suit up), so he's probably a bit upset about that, too. There are several receiver-needy teams around the league, and Washington could have his value shoot up depending on the landing spot if he's indeed traded. It will be interesting to see if Ben Roethlisberger somehow gets involved knowing how much he has trusted Washington to make a big play in the past.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington has been activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Washington has been cleared and can begin activities with his teammates during training camp. Practices will ramp-up soon, and Washington is looking to carve out a nice role in a deep Steelers receiving corps as he enters Year 3.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

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

Washington either has the virus or came in close contact to someone with it. Hopefully the third-year receiver can get cleared soon especially as training camp ramps up and teams can get more work in on the field.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington sees 11 targets in Week 15 loss.

Despite a very difficult matchup against the Bills, Washington was able to catch five passes for 83 yards, and he continued to show a great downfield connection with Devlin Hodges. Over the past seven games, Washington is on a season-long pace of 66 receptions, 1,218 yards and seven touchdowns, so he's clearly stepped up as the playmaker Pittsburgh needs on the outside. Fantasy owners should feel confident able playing Washington next week for a great matchup against the Jets.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington stays hot in win over the Browns.

Washington caught four passes for 111 yards and a touchdown, which came on a highlight grab in the first half as he was grabbed by defenders and made a phenomenal adjustment on the ball. Whether it's been Devlin Hodges or Mason Rudolph under center, the second-year receiver now has 90+ yards and a touchdown in three of the past four games. He will be firmly on the FLEX radar whether or not JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) is active next week against the Cardinals.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington scores in Steelers' Week 10 win.

Washington caught six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in the home victory against the Rams, as the second-year receiver had a strong connection going with his former college quarterback Mason Rudolph. The score was on a fade where Washington did an excellent job of high-pointing the ball to come up with it, and he showed strong hands all afternoon. The Oklahoma State product did also have a lost fumble, but he appears to be playing with confidence, and he has ten receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown combined over the past two games. Washington could be an intriguing option down the stretch with defenses focusing on stopping JuJu Smith-Schuster.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington (shoulder) officially practiced fully today.

Washington is set to return following Pittsburgh's bye week, and he says his shoulder feels "great" and that the Steelers have the best training staff in the league. The bye came at the perfect time, as Washington missed just one game with his shoulder issue. He'll be one of the Steelers' top three receivers against the Dolphins on Monday night, and his big-play ability makes him an intriguing FLEX option if you're struggling with injuries or players on a bye.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington (shoulder) is expected to miss a few weeks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

This is yet another blow to Pittsburgh's offense this season, and it'll make things more difficult moving forward, as Washington is arguably the team's best field stretcher. Veteran receiver Donte Moncrief might step back into a role as a top three receiver along with JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson while Washington is out, but Smith-Schuster is the lone recommended fantasy option in standard-sized leagues. Washington will have upside late in the season, but he's not a must-hold if you need space on your roster.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington (shoulder) is out for the rest of today's game.

The Steelers continue dealing with a bunch of injuries, and Washington was leading the team (52 yards on three receptions) in receiving before leaving. Washington being ruled out already probably isn't a good sign for his status moving forward, but hopefully he doesn't miss much more time past today.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington lost 12-15 pounds in the offseason.

On the television broadcast for Pittsburgh's preseason game against Kansas City, Steelers reporter Missi Matthews says that Washington lost 12-15 pounds from last year by working on his dad's farm during the offseason. Washington is basically built like a running back, but he does look slimmer this year, and losing the weight should help him feel better and move better. He's having another really nice game tonight so far, following up last week's outstanding performance. Veteran Donte Moncrief is currently starting at receiver for the Steelers and did tonight alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster, but Washington looks to have the confidence—and has the talent—to be a major factor for his team's passing attack in 2019.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster says second-year receiver James Washington will "sneak up on everybody" this year.

Appearing on The Adam Schefter Podcast, Smith-Schuster said his teammate has been "amazing" in summer workouts, and  made it clear that he's excited to see what the Oklahoma State product does this year. Washington was drafted in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft after being college football's most prolific downfield threat in 2016 and 2017, and he showed some flashes when he gained Ben Roethlisberger's trust down the stretch last season. Washington is currently competition with veteran Donte Moncrief to be Pittsburgh's No. 2 receiver, but we think the youngster should have an edge and could position himself for fantasy success with a strong camp.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington caught three passes for 64 yards in Sunday's win over Cincinnati.

Washington brought in all three of his targets—including a 47-yard catch—to lead the team in receiving. The 22-year-old will hopefully carry some confidence in 2019, and the Pittsburgh offense is explosive enough that he can have fantasy value behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster. As a rookie, Washington finishes with 16 grabs for 217 yards and one touchdown.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington has mini breakout against the Patriots.

Washington caught three passes for a team-high 65 yards in the Steelers' Week 15 victory. This wasn't a huge monster game for the rookie receiver, but it was a strong showing where he made a few big plays with his team needing him to step up. Washington has a very promising dynasty-league outlook, and he might have gained more trust moving forward to make some plays, including next week in a potential shootout with the Saints. He doesn't need to be picked up in redraft leagues unless you're looking for a big game.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington catches two passes against the Raiders.

Washington gained 11 yards on his two receptions, as he was able to get back in the lineup after Justin Hunter's injury from last Sunday night. Washington also had a nice pitch to JuJu Smith-Schuster on a hook-and-ladder. The rookie receiver is just a dynasty-league option for now, thought maybe he'll breakout in a big spot next week against the Patriots.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington catches one pass in Week 11 win.

It was for 11 yards, and the rookie was targeted three times. Washington has the talent to make an impact down the stretch, but Pittsburgh probably has too many weapons for him to develop into a fantasy contributor as a rookie. The second-round pick remains a strong prospect in dynasty leagues.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington did not catch a pass in Week 10.

Washington received a good amount of playing time along with Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, but he was not targeted against the Panthers. The rookie receiver remains just a strong dynasty-league hold for now.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington caught two passes for 17 yards in Sunday's win over the Ravens.

Washington was inactive in Week 8, but he returned to the lineup against Baltimore. The second-round pick has just seven receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown so far this season, but his dynasty outlook remains bright.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington held without a catch in win over the Bengals.

Washington just saw one target, which came deep in double coverage. The second-round pick has just five receptions for 49 yards and one touchdown this year, as the Steelers have gotten big-time production out of James Conner and Vance McDonald with JuJu Smith-Schuster making a leap after a breakout rookie year. Washington won't be a recommended play in redraft leagues when the team returns from a Week 7 bye to face the Browns.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington doesn't catch a pass in Week 5.

Washington was targeted on an out route, but the ball got on him quick as it appeared he might not have been ready for it to come to him. The rookie receiver will probably have some big weeks this season, but he can't be trusted in fantasy lineups yet.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington caught two passes for ten yards in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.

Washigton has five receptions for 49 yards and one touchdown so far this season, but perhaps he will breakout in a shootout with Atlanta in Week 5. He's a recommended flier for desperate owners in all leagues.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington catches two passes for 25 yards in Pittsburgh's win over the Bucs.

Washington went for gains of 12 and 13 yards over the middle against Tampa Bay, operating as the clear No. 3 receiver behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster. However, Ryan Switzer clearly had some plays designed for him (including a touchdown), so Washington's floor could take a slight hit if that's a weekly occurrence. The rookie will look to make an impact on Sunday night against Baltimore.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington scores first career touchdown in Week 2.

The rookie receiver made himself available for Ben Roethlisberger on a 14-yard score against the Chiefs, his only reception of the game. Washington did get a good amount of playing time with Justin Hunter a healthy inactive, and he appears to be locked into the clear No. 3 role for the Steelers. Washington joins Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and JuJu Smith-Schuster as Steelers that have scored on their first career touch, which indicates how well the franchise has drafted at the position in recent years.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington (abdominal) is out for the rest of today’s preseason game.

Late in the third quarter, it’s not a surprise that Washington will not return to this game. Now we have to wait to get word on the severity of the injury, but hopefully it isn’t anything too serious.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

James Washington has moved up to second-team wide receiver for the Steelers.

The Steelers only list two starting receiver spots on their depth chart, which are occupied by Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, so the rookie Washington is right there as a potential number three receiver. Through two preseason games, Washington has had lines of 2/44 and 5/114/2, including a spectacular leaping catch in the end zone last week versus the Packers. Despite being a rookie, Washington is performing on the field and is the heavy favorite to open the year as a top-three receiver for Pittsburgh. Playing in one of the league's best offenses with Ben Roethlisberger throwing him passes, he's shaping up as a very good selection toward the end of 2018 fantasy drafts.

James Washington | Cowboys WR

The Steelers have selected Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington with the No. 60 pick (second round) in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Given the Steelers history of drafting wide receivers, it's a good sign that they like Washington enough to draft him in the second round. After Pittsburgh traded Martavis Bryant to the Raiders last night, there's probably going to be a competition for the third receiver spot behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Washington should have a good shot at winning the spot. In college, Washington was extremely productive and was seen as a preseason Heisman candidate heading into his senior season. He had 226 receptions for 4,472 yards, and 39 touchdowns during his prolific career in the Big 12. Washington has very long arms and is a legit deep threat despite not running a sub-4.5 40 during the pre-draft process; he might immediately do some damage in the NFL for the Steelers.