Washington, who was on the field for 18 of the Steelers' 79 offensive plays, failed to secure his only target in Sunday's 27-24 win over Tennessee.
Washington recorded at least 20 receiving yards in each of the first five games of the season, including a season-high 68 yards Week 6. However, Diontae Johnson (ankle) returned to the field against the Titans and was targeted 15 times in the win before suffering an injury in the fourth quarter. While Washington was relatively productive earlier in the year with Johnson on the field, his potential is more limited with the receiving corps fully healthy. Washington will face a tough matchup Week 8 against the Ravens.
Washington recorded four receptions on seven targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 against the Browns.
Washington emerged as the second receiver in the Steelers' offense in the absence of Diontae Johnson (back). His biggest play of the day came on a 28-yard touchdown catch to put Pittsburgh up 24-0. In Week 5, Washington managed only three receptions for 25 yards, and it appeared as if he was losing his role in the offense due to the emergence of rookie Chase Claypool. However, if Johnson is unable to return to the field for the team's Week 7 contest against Tennessee, Washington should maintain a decent number of targets.
Washington recorded three receptions on four targets for 25 yards in Week 5 against Philadelphia.
After seeing seven targets in the team's last contest in Week 3, Washington faded in the offensive game plan with Diontae Johnson (back) absent for much of the game. Rookie Chase Claypool instead emerged as Ben Roethlisberger's favorite target. Assuming Johnson is good to go for the team's Week 6 matchup against the Browns, Washington is unlikely to see a heavy target share.
Washington caught five of seven targets for 36 yards during Sunday's 28-21 win over the Texans.
Washington led the team in targets and receptions while finishing seven yards behind Juju Smith-Schuster for the lead in receiving yardage. He assumed a larger role in the offense after Diontae Johnson (concussion) left the game, and although he couldn't generate much yardage with his looks, he showed a nice rapport with Ben Roethlisberger. Washington could be in a spot to produce next Sunday against the Titans if Johnson is forced to sit out.
Washington had three receptions for 22 yards in Sunday's 26-21 win over the Broncos.
The third year wideout was targeted five times compared to three last week, but he is still behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson on Pittsburgh's wide receiver depth chart. Even with a potentially high-scoring game coming up against Houston in Week 3, it is difficult to insert Washington into your fantasy lineups.
Washington caught two of three targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 26-16 win over the Giants.
Washington added an exclamation point to Pittsburgh's first half, powering a 13-yard catch across the goal line with seven seconds remaining. Besides that score, he also chipped in with a 21-yard gain on his other grab. While that made for an efficient showing, Washington's volume unsurprisingly trailed top wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, but Diontae Johnson's six grabs on 10 targets comfortably surpassed his share as well. With rookie Chase Claypool making a couple catches to boot, the Steelers appear stocked with solid options, so it'll be interesting to see how Washington's workload shakes out in the weeks to come.
Washington (undisclosed) practiced fully Friday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Now that he's back practicing fully, the team's top downfield threat will continue to compete with second-year player Diontae Johnson and 2020 second-rounder Chase Claypool for targets behind behind Pittsburgh's No. 1 wideout, JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Washington was seen practicing in a limited capacity Wednesday, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Brian Batko.
The past few weeks have been difficult for Washington, who is dealing with an undisclosed injury less than two weeks after being activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Steelers have a plethora of wide receiver talent on their roster so it is not surprising that the team would proceed cautiously with Washington.
Coach Mike Tomlin called Washington "day-to-day" due to a minor undisclosed injury, Gerry Dulac and Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.
Washington wasn't in pads at Monday's practice and was limited Tuesday, but his injury isn't considered serious. It wouldn't surprised if the Steelers continue to exercise caution with the third-year wide receiver until he can handle a full allotment of drills.
The Steelers activated Washington from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Washington is back on the active roster with plenty of time to spare before the Steelers start padded practices in mid-August. The third-year pro profiles as the top deep threat in an offense with plenty of receiving weapons, hoping to build on a 2019 campaign in which he averaged 3.8 catches for 63.8 yards and 0.33 TDs across nine games in November and December.
The Steelers have placed Washington on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
The report notes that the list was "created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person." Washington is expected to compete for targets in 2020 with Pittsburgh's No. 1 wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, second-year man Diontae Johnson and second-round pick Chase Claypool.
Washington failed to catch any of his three targets in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.
This was only his second game this season in which Washington failed to record a catch. The second-year receiver took a step forward overall, finishing 2019 with 44 receptions (on 80 targets) for 735 yards and three touchdowns over 15 games. He led the team in receiving yards and yards per catch (16.7) but needs to improve on his 50.8 percent catch rate if he's going to become a reliable fantasy asset in 2020. The return to Ben Roethlisberger under center could help in that regard.
Washington caught five of eight targets for 41 yards in Pittsburgh's 16-10 loss Sunday.
Washington's performance was slightly below his average of 53 yards receiving per game entering the contest. He missed out on a chance for a big game -- and possibly the win -- when Jets safety Marcus Maye broke up what would have been a 44-yard touchdown on Pittsburgh's final drive. The loss has Pittsburgh on the outside looking in on the playoff picture heading into a Week 17 must-win game against Baltimore.
Washington had five catches (11 targets) for 83 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to Buffalo.
Washington stepped up as the Steelers' top wideout again with Juju Smith-Schuster (knee) sidelined for another week. With the latter's status still up in the air for the final two weeks of the regular season, Washington and his 77.3 yard average over the past six weeks will continue to be a deep-league option and potential flex play in softer matchups. Next week's opponent, the New York Jets, may be one of those softer matchups with a middle-of-the-pack pass defense this season (239.9 passing yards allowed per game).
Washington caught all four of his targets for 33 yards in Pittsburgh's 23-17 win over Arizona on Sunday.
After JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) was forced to leave the game in Week 11, Washington notched his two best games this season, catching seven passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy managers who inserted Washington into playoff lineups had to be disappointed Sunday by his lowest yardage total since Week 8. For those managers who were able to advance, it bears mentioning that Washington faces a solid Buffalo pass defense Week 15.
Washington caught all four of his targets for 111 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Browns.
Washington made the most of JuJu Smith-Schuster's (knee) absence, nabbing a 30-yard touchdown just before halftime and then coming down with a 44-yard gain on the opening drive of the second half to set up Pittsburgh's only other touchdown on the day. Washington has been red hot despite drawing attention with Smith-Schuster out and mediocre quarterback play. He's topped 90 yards and scored in three of his last four games. He boasts an impressive 19.3 yards-per-catch average and faces off Sunday against an Arizona defense that has been burned deep all season, surrendering 4.9 passing plays of at least 20 yards per game this season, including nine in Week 13 against the Rams.
Washington and Diontae Johnson are expected to serve as the Steelers' primary options at wide receiver Sunday against the Browns with JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) ruled out for a second straight game, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Pryor speculates that Deon Cain could also see a bump in snaps after making a big 35-yard catch in last week's 16-10 win over Cincinnati, but Washington and Johnson should remain the team's clear top two receivers after handling 78 percent and 68 percent offensive snaps shares, respectively, against the Bengals. Washington provided perhaps the best highlight of his young NFL career in the victory, finding a soft spot on the defense on a slant route and then stiff-arming his way to a 79-yard catch-and-run for a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter. The second-year player will look to continue building his rapport with quarterback Devlin Hodges -- who replaced a struggling Mason Rudolph in Week 12 and quickly connected with Washington on the score -- as the Steelers look to stay in the thick of the AFC wild-card race.
Washington caught three of seven targets for 98 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 16-10 win over the Bengals.
Washington provided an enormous spark when his team needed it the most, catching a pass from Devlin Hodges and beating a defender before racing for a 79-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He led the team in targets on the day, and, although he hauled in less than half his looks, he still finished with his greatest output of the season. Washington is averaging an impressive 76.5 yards per game over his last four and will look to keep it going next Sunday against Cleveland.
Washington caught three of five targets for 49 yards in Thursday night's 21-7 loss to Cleveland.
Coming off his best performance of the campaign in Week 10 (6-90-1), Washington took a statistical step back Thursday, despite the opportunity presented by injuries to JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) and Diontae Johnson (concussion). Washington's fantasy prospects in Week 12 figure to hinge largely on the status of his banged up fellow wideouts.
Washington caught six of seven targets for 90 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 17-12 win over the Rams.
The second-year wideout was Mason Rudolph's most trusted option on the day, leading the Steelers in catches and yards and hauling in the only non-defensive TD of the game for either team -- his first touchdown of the year. Washington's now set new season highs in receiving yards in consecutive weeks, but he could have trouble making it three in a row in Week 11 against the Browns.
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