Steelers “expect great things” from James Washington

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Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said at Monday’s pre-draft press conference that the addition of Donte Moncrief in free agency wouldn’t stop the team from addressing the wide receiver position again in the draft.

Colbert also said that he hoped Moncrief’s addition made the need for a rookie to play “less urgent.” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s own comments about a group that no longer includes Antonio Brown pointed to another player who could keep a new arrival off the field.

Tomlin said that he felt comfortable with the current group of receivers because he thinks 2018 second-round pick James Washington will do more this year. Tomlin said that the Steelers “expect great things” in Washington’s second season.

Washington played more snaps than any wideout other than Brown and JuJu Smith Schuster last season, but ended the year with 16 receptions for 217 yards and a touchdown.

11 responses to “Steelers “expect great things” from James Washington

  1. If you have to publicly state that you expect great things, that means Washington has not met expectations thus far.

  2. It’s too bad the Steelers have a dolt for a coach. They aren’t going anywhere with him at the helm. He took a team capable of making the Super Bowl and turned them into a team that missed the playoffs. It doesn’t matter how much talent you have on the field when you have a tool on the sidelines.

  3. Despite all the drama that took place, the one thing I trust is their ability to develop young WRs

  4. I have to admit, I expected better play out of Washington last year too. He won the Fred Biletnikoff Award (Best College WR) in 2017. I don’t know if his lack of production had to do with the speed of the game, AB constantly whining for the ball or just the fact that Big Ben just chose to go to Schuster or Brown. I expect Schuster’s production to fall and Washington’s to get better this year. Either way I think we will definitely see how good Schuster really is now that AB is gone. I watched almost every game he played at USC and I don’t remember him being half as good as he was last year. I credit a lot of his production due to AB being on the field and drawing a lot of attention. At some point I think Washington will be very good though. I drafted him with my last fantasy pick last year and I will without a doubt draft him again this year due to his ceiling.

  5. He has stone hands & runs terrible routes. Because of his size & lack of explosiveness, he can’t play slot. He isn’t overly fast & had 4 drops last year. Compare that to 16 receptions for 216 yds. it becomes obvious that he does not bring alot to the table.

  6. Not everyone bursts out the gate like Smith-Schuster. Can’t say anything about Washington one way or the other yet, so no reason to worry. Looking for improvement this year, but won’t know for another full season or two what his trajectory really looks like.

  7. He’d be a lot better if Mason Rudolph was the QB instead of Big Ben. Ben will throw him under the bus first chance he gets.

  8. Bengalguy – rather than yapping from afar, maybe you should be worrying about the Red Awful at QB & winning a playoff game for the first time since, like, the Nixon Administration.

  9. polksaladandy says:
    April 22, 2019 at 10:49 pm
    Are they saying they thing about the 3rd round graded safety that they reached for in round, Terrible Edmunds?
    They value him higher because they are aiming to have hybrid inside linebacker/safeties, which is why they signed Mark Barron as well. This is to replace the production of Shazier. But by all means, trust random draft analysis you read a year ago that is less reliable than predicting the weather on any given day.

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