James Washington
James Washington
25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Pittsburgh Steelers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Washington had a career-high 735 receiving yards with three touchdowns in 2019, but his target share decreased in 2020 after Chase Claypool emerged as a deep threat. Washington still racked up a career-high five receiving touchdowns last year, but he enters the 2021 campaign as the clear No. 4 option at wide receiver and is unlikely to have a consistent role if the rest of the Steelers' top pass catchers are healthy. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $4.5 million contract with the Steelers in May of 2018.
Limited playing time in loss
WRPittsburgh Steelers
September 20, 2021
Washington failed to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 26-17 loss to the Raiders.
ANALYSIS
Washington caught two passes in the season opener against Buffalo, but he was on the field for just 21 percent of the team's offensive snaps Week 2. Although he's had a limited role to begin the year, he could see an uptick in playing time if Diontae Johnson (knee) is forced to miss additional time.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do James Washington's 2021 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
0.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.00
 
% Team Air Yards
0.0%
 
% Team Targets
4.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
66.7%
 
Drop Rate
33.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.5
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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#% of Team Snaps

1079%
938%
827%
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Bengals pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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vs Bengals
Sunday, Sep 26th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
86.9
 
Cornerbacks
95.3
 
Safeties
99.8
 
Linebackers
51.4
 
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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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After a dismal rookie season, the 2018 second-round pick showed signs last year, despite playing with some of the league's worst quarterbacks. Washington averaged 16.7 YPC and 9.2 YPT on 80 targets, even with six drops. He had four catches of 40-plus yards, and 13 of 20-plus, i.e., he made an unusual number of big plays under difficult conditions. At 5-11, 213, Washington has average height, but he's stout and strong. His timed 4.54 speed is below average, and his athletic marks are similarly middle of the road, but the Steelers have had an eye for receiver talent and development for more than a decade, and many have had physical specs that were similarly nondescript. Washington should benefit from the return of a healthy Ben Roethlisberger, and presumably from a vastly improved and more pass-heavy Steelers offense, but he'll have to compete for looks with No. 1 wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, promising second-year man Diontae Johnson and rookie second-round pick Chase Claypool.
The 60th overall pick last year, 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 as replacements, 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 could be busy.
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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Logs two receptions in Week 1
WRPittsburgh Steelers
September 12, 2021
Washington brought in both of his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 23-16 win over Buffalo.
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Limited Friday, but no injury designation
WRPittsburgh Steelers
September 10, 2021
Though Washington was added to the Steelers' injury report with a finger issue that limited him at practice Friday, he doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's season opener against the Bills, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.
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Fails to secure lone target
WRPittsburgh Steelers
August 28, 2021
Washington was unable to secure his lone target in Friday's 34-9 preseason loss to the Panthers.
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Three grabs in Saturday's win
WRPittsburgh Steelers
August 21, 2021
Washington (leg) secured three of four targets for 24 yards in the Steelers' 26-20 preseason win over the Lions on Saturday night.
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Still dealing with leg injury
WRPittsburgh Steelers
Leg
August 14, 2021
Washington had a wrap with ice on his lower right leg Saturday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
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