James Washington
Washington in 2017
No. 13 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1996-04-02) April 2, 1996 (age 25)
Stamford, Texas
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Stamford
College:Oklahoma State
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2021
Receptions:100
Receiving yards:1,452
Receiving touchdowns:9
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

James Edward Washington Jr. (born April 2, 1996) is an American football wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma State, where he won the Fred Biletnikoff Award and named a unanimous All-American in 2017 before being drafted by the Steelers in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Early years

Washington attended Stamford High School in Stamford, Texas.[1] As a senior, he had 73 receptions for 1,331 yards and 24 touchdowns as a receiver and 42 tackles and seven interceptions on defense. He committed to Oklahoma State University to play college football.[2] Washington also played tennis, basketball and ran track in high school.[3]

College career

As a true freshman at Oklahoma State in 2014, Washington played in all 13 games and had 28 receptions for 456 yards and six touchdowns.[4] Playing in all 13 games again as a sophomore in 2015 he recorded 53 receptions for 1,087 and 10 touchdowns.[5][6] As a junior in 2016, he had 71 receptions for 1,380 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was named Offensive MVP of the 2016 Alamo Bowl after recording nine receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown.[7] Washington returned to Oklahoma State for his senior year, rather than enter the 2017 NFL Draft.[8] In 2017 Washington won the Biletnikoff Award for the nation's best wide receiver.

College statistics

Receiving
Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs
2014 Oklahoma State 13 28 457 6
2015 Oklahoma State 13 53 1,087 10
2016 Oklahoma State 13 71 1,380 10
2017 Oklahoma State 13 74 1,549 13
College Totals 52 226 4,472 39

Source:[9]

Professional career

On December 11, 2017, it was announced that Washington had accepted his invitation to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl.[10] Washington impressed scouts and analysts during practices in preparation for the Senior Bowl. On January 27, 2018, Washington played in the 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl, but finished without a catch as a part of Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien's South team that defeated the North 45–16. Throughout the game he was covered by Jacksonville State's Siran Neal.[11] He attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and completed all of the combine and positional drills. He finished 14th among all wide receivers in the short shuttle.[12] On March 15, 2018, Washington participated at Oklahoma State's pro day and performed the 40-yard dash (4.50s), 20-yard dash (2.70s), 10-yard dash (1.61s), vertical jump (39"), and broad jump (10'2"). He also attended a pre-draft visit with the Dallas Cowboys.[13] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Washington was projected to be a third round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked the seventh best wide receiver prospect in the draft by Scouts Inc. and was ranked the ninth best wide receiver by DraftScout.com.[14][15]

External video
video icon NFL Draft Profile: James Washington
video icon James Washington's NFL Combine Workout
video icon James Washington runs the 40-yard dash
Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
213 lb
(97 kg)
32+38 in
(0.82 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.54 s 1.59 s 2.64 s 4.32 s 7.11 s 34+12 in
(0.88 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
14 reps
All values from NFL Draft[16][17]

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Washington in the second round (60th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.[18] He was the seventh wide receiver taken in the draft. His Oklahoma State teammate, quarterback Mason Rudolph, was selected by the Steelers in the third round (76th overall).[19]

External video
video icon Steelers draft Washington 60th overall
video icon Instant Draft Grade: James Washington

2018

On May 12, 2018, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Washington to a four-year, $4.50 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $1.35 million.[20] In the Steelers' Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Washington recorded his first professional reception, which was a 14-yard touchdown.[21] Washington finished his rookie season with 16 receptions for 217 yards and one touchdown.[22]

2019

Washington in a game against the Cleveland Browns
Washington in a game against the Cleveland Browns

In Week 10 against the Los Angeles Rams, Washington caught a season high six passes for 90 yards and his first touchdown of the season in the 17–12 win. [23] In Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington caught three passes for 98 yards including a 79-yard touchdown in the 16–10 win. [24] During Week 13 against the Cleveland Browns, Washington finished with 111 receiving yards on four receptions, including a 30-yard touchdown, as the Steelers won 20-13.[25] Overall, Washington finished the 2019 season with 44 receptions for 735 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.[26]

2020

Washington was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Steelers on August 2, 2020,[27] and was activated five days later.[28] In Week 1 against the New York Giants, Washington caught 2 passes for 34 yards and his first receiving touchdown of the season during the 26–16 win.[29] In Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns, Washington caught 4 passes for 68 yards and a receiving touchdown in a blowout 38-7 win.[30]

NFL statistics

Legend
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2018 PIT 14 6 16 217 13.6 47 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2019 PIT 15 10 44 735 16.7 79 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2020 PIT 16 7 30 392 13.1 50 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 45 23 90 1344 14.9 79 9 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1

Postseason

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2020 PIT 1 0 5 72 14.4 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 5 72 14.4 27 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

References

  1. ^ "OSU football: Cowboys found a gem in James Washington". October 29, 2015.
  2. ^ Writer, MARK COOPER World Sports. "Small-town OSU freshman James Washington is making a big impression".
  3. ^ "How Oklahoma St. WR James Washington forged competitive edge through tennis".
  4. ^ "Stamford grad Washington blooms into star for Oklahoma State".
  5. ^ "James Washington hopes to continue Oklahoma State's tradition of star receivers".
  6. ^ jelmquist@stwnewspress.com, Jason Elmquist. "Washington prepared to become next great Oklahoma State receiver".
  7. ^ "OSU football: Washington earns offensive MVP honor in Alamo Bowl rout over Colorado". December 29, 2016.
  8. ^ "OSU football: Mason Rudolph, James Washington confirm they'll return next season". December 27, 2016.
  9. ^ "cfbstats.com - James Washington 2016 Player Statistics - Oklahoma State Cowboys". www.cfbstats.com.
  10. ^ Ruiz, Nathan (December 11, 2017). "Oklahoma State's James Washington added to senior bowl roster". ajc.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "2018 Senior Bowl stock watch: Whose stock is rising and falling after the Senior Bowl?". bloggingtheboys.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  12. ^ "2018 NFL Scouting Combine: Top Performers". NFL.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  13. ^ "Here's the final list of the Dallas Cowboys pre-draft visitors". cowboysfootball.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  14. ^ "James Washington, DS #9 WR, Oklahoma State". draftscout.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  15. ^ "NFL James Washington -ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  16. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - James Washington". nfl.com. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  17. ^ "Oklahoma State WR James Washington : 2018 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  18. ^ "2018 NFL Draft Results: Pittsburgh Steelers select WR James Washington with second round pick". Behind The Steel Curtain. April 27, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  19. ^ "2018 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  20. ^ "Spotrac.com: James Washington contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  21. ^ Adamski, Chris. "Rookie James Washington earns bigger role, 1st touchdown in Game 2 for Steelers". Trib Live. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  22. ^ "James Washington 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  23. ^ "Steelers defense leads way in 17-12 win over Rams". www.espn.com. Associated Press. November 10, 2019. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  24. ^ "Duck Time: Hodges leads Steelers over winless Bengals 16-10". www.espn.com. Associated Press. November 24, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  25. ^ "Duck's Dynasty? Backup Hodges leads Steelers by Browns 20-13". www.espn.com. Associated Press. December 1, 2019. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  26. ^ "James Washington 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  27. ^ Varley, Teresa (August 2, 2020). "Samuels, Washington placed on reserve/COVID-19 list". Steelers.com. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  28. ^ Varley, Teresa (August 7, 2020). "Washington activated from reserve/COVID-19 list". Steelers.com. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  29. ^ "Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants - September 14th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  30. ^ "Browns vs. Steelers - Game Summary - October 18, 2020 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 31, 2021.