James Washington is “going to sneak up on everybody”

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The Steelers have a big hole to fill at wideout, with Antonio Brown now in Oakland. JuJu Smith-Schuster has taken over the role of No. 1 receiver, but who starts opposite Smith-Schuster?

The Steelers have several options, with Donte Moncrief, James Washington, Ryan Switzer, Eli Rogers and rookie Diontae Johnson competing for playing time and targets. Smith-Schuster likes Washington’s chances to become a trusted option for Ben Roethlisberger.

“You talk about a young dude who’s up and coming, it’s going to be James Washington,” Smith Schuster told ESPN, via NFL.com. “A guy from Oklahoma State, came to the Steelers his rookie year, started off slow but figured it out and got the ropes down.

“This past summer workouts that we had, he’s been doing amazing, a great job. I’m super excited to see how he does this year. He’s our guy that’s going to sneak up on everybody.”

Washington started six games as a rookie, playing behind Brown, Smith-Schuster and Switzer, and saw 526 snaps. He caught 16 balls on 38 targets for 217 yards and a touchdown.

Washington dropped 15 pounds to 210 this offseason and appears ready to breakout in his second season.

12 responses to “James Washington is “going to sneak up on everybody”

  1. You can’t doubt the Steelers when it comes to drafting players. They know what they’re doing.

  2. Let’s say drafting receivers. But the system and a franchise QB and a strong O line and a running game and the stable organization and the so-so coaching all help each other out.

    It’s when a guys head (or chest gets to big) and they think its all about them that they end up in Cleveland or Oakland wondering what happened to their careers.

  3. Just like Tim Tebow and Blake Bortles snuck up on the Steelers and destroyed them in the playoffs? Or like Baltimore snuck up on them last year and won the division?

  4. When the guy who fumbled away last season is number one, you know you got serious problems. Probably doesn’t matter who they choose for No. 2 since the Steelers are going nowhere. Perhaps they’ll base it on whoever can take Little Ben’s Weekly Radio Razzin.

  5. They can knock Brown till the cows come home but come September, that offense is really going to miss him.

  6. The Great teams in the NFL Keep there mouths shut and show you how good they are but Steelers love talking how Great they are How they are going to be better without AB and Bell.Its time for Steelers to literally put the money were there mouths are.

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