James Washington happy to be “just thinking about playing football”

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JuJu Smith-Schuster said recently that fellow Steelers wide receiver James Washington has “figured it out and got the ropes down” as he heads into his second season.

Washington, who was a second-round pick last year, said his “mind was everywhere” after going through the draft process and trying to learn the Steelers offense. He wound up catching 16 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown while seeing action on 526 snaps, which supports the idea that he was overwhelmed at times.

Last year was last year and Washington’s assessment of where he is this year is in line with Smith-Schuster’s read on the situation. He said he’s “just thinking about playing football” now that he knows how life goes in the NFL.

“It wasn’t what I expected,” Washington said, via the team’s website. “It was a lot, just because of the ups and downs. One week you’re playing good and the next week you’re not. One week you’re inactive, then it’s like you question yourself and you think am I really good enough. It just kind of gives you that challenge to answer the call. Without challenges you wouldn’t have the opportunity to get better, or know what your weakness are or what your strengths are. My teammates really helped. When you’re down like that, this team does a good job of pulling you up and telling you what you’re capable of. I learned a lot and grew a lot over the season, just building my skills and looking forward to next season.”

Donte Moncrief has also been the subject of positive notices this offseason and the Steelers will likely continue to give both men the opportunity to make plays alongside Smith-Schuster as they work to show that their offense can thrive in the wake of Antonio Brown‘s departure.

16 responses to “James Washington happy to be “just thinking about playing football”

  1. Get some JW. He’s due for a break out. Ravens fans talk smack cause they won the division. Browns fans talk smack because their team is coming together and could be very dangerous. But Bungals fans? You haven’t earned a peep

  2. Look, let’s not forget the Steelers have lost to the likes of Tim Tebow and Blake Bortles in playoff games and choked away the division title last year…… Yeah it’s still funny to me too!

  3. Big ben was blessed to be able to play with not only great players, but HOF players his WHOLE career. I think this season will really show what kind of QB bug ben really is. I always thought he was grossly overrated. Only guy besides philip and eli (oh hey all the same draft) that continuously toss 3,4,5 picks in games and still not get blamed for losses. Should be a FUN year in the nfl nonetheless.

  4. I think Moncrief is one of those good-enough veterans who will be a good fit for the team as a guy without a lot of expectations and weight on him. JuJu will take most of the spotlight, and Washington has a real chance to break out. I am not a fan of the team or of Ben but there’s no denying they almost always put up points and stats. They’re in a good spot this year with people expecting less of them and the rest of their division rebuilding/retooling in various ways.

  5. Gotta laugh at the logic on display by some of the mental giants on the comment section. I suppose, arguably the greatest QB of all time, TB12, is considered by some to be trash because he lost playoff games to some less than stellar QBs in his day. It might be funny if the material wasn’t so worn out and old.

  6. steelpenguin6687 says:
    July 9, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Gotta laugh at the logic on display by some of the mental giants on the comment section. I suppose, arguably the greatest QB of all time, TB12, is considered by some to be trash because he lost playoff games to some less than stellar QBs in his day. It might be funny if the material wasn’t so worn out and old.

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    Denver 29 Pittsburgh 23 (OT)
    New England 45 Denver 10

    QED

  7. All the steeler haters. Must mean they are really good if they comment like they do.

  8. akaodoyle says:
    July 9, 2019 at 4:22 pm
    steelpenguin6687 says:
    July 9, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Gotta laugh at the logic on display by some of the mental giants on the comment section. I suppose, arguably the greatest QB of all time, TB12, is considered by some to be trash because he lost playoff games to some less than stellar QBs in his day. It might be funny if the material wasn’t so worn out and old.

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    Denver 29 Pittsburgh 23 (OT)
    New England 45 Denver 10

    QED
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    Lol. Thanks for proving my point. Do Brian Greise and Jake Plummer ring a bell? Like I said Brady is arguably the greatest ever, however no one is infallible.

  9. Name all the qbs who have played 10 years or more that never had a losing season. In the history of the game.

    That’s the list Ben is on.

  10. Since I don’t troll other team’s articles, I’m not sure, but my guess is that the first dozen posts on Ravens/Browns/Bengals articles are not from PIT fans. Why PATs trolls are so aggressive can only be explained by insecurities.

  11. pittspuke7 says:

    July 9, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Look, let’s not forget the Steelers have lost to the likes of Tim Tebow and Blake Bortles in playoff games and choked away the division title last year…… Yeah it’s still funny to me too!
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    Let’s also remember that this same Steelers team “won” two (2) Superbowls with their current QB at the helm. Yeah, it’s “still” pretty cool! Perhaps a video search on the internet might help dislodge your selective memory.

  12. Let’s also remember that this same Steelers team “won” two (2) Superbowls with their current QB at the helm. Yeah, it’s “still” pretty cool! Perhaps a video search on the internet might help dislodge your selective memory.
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    Not sure how “cool” it is to remind people that you have an aging QB on a decade long losing streak culminating with being eliminated with the playoffs in 2019. I guess we could all do internet searches but it would probably be more satisfying watching Terry Bradshaw.

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