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Steelers All 91: WR James Washington



All 91 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 91 members of the Steelers 2019 training camp roster.

13 • James Washington second-year wide receiver

Last year: Was drafted by the Steelers in the second round out of Oklahoma State and played in all 14 games with six starts, primarily as an outside No. 3 receiver.

Stats: Was targeted 38 times and made 16 catches, for a 43.1% catch rate, the second-lowest on the team. But he did have 217 yards on those 16 catches for a 13.6 yards per catch average, the third-highest on the team.

Accolades, Highlights:

Scored a 14-yard touchdown against Kansas City in Week 2, in his first NFL start and on his first NFL catch.

Camp outlook: Should be a factor in the team’s quest to replace Antonio Brown at wide receiver. Despite only being 5-foot-11, he has primarily played outside, but JuJu Smith-Schuster moving out there may impact Washington’s ability to get onto the field.

Projected role: Washington’s elite jumping ability makes him an attractive target on deep balls — where he excelled at Oklahoma State — and in the red zone. He’ll likely start out as the team’s fourth receiver, but has the opportunity to move up the pecking order if he can secure more of his targets than he did in 2018.

Coverage links:

Mic Drop: Who Will be the Second Receiver Option Behind JuJu?

5 Things We Learned from Steelers Off-Season Workouts

Evaluating Four Potential Position Battles Before OTAs

Mic Drop: Ben Roethlisberger Criticizes James Washington

The rest of the 91:

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