Washington caught two of four targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 24-21 loss to Oakland.
With 14 seconds to play Washington had just one catch for six yards. He then caught a five-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger and lateraled to James Washington, who gained an additional 43 yards to set-up a field-goal that would send the game to overtime. However, Chris Boswell lost his footing on the 40-yard attempt as time expired, handing the Steelers a third straight loss. Pittsburgh holds a half game lead over Baltimore for first place in the AFC North heading in to Week 15 against New England.
Washington was a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against the Chargers, and has struggled to produce to begin his rookie season -- he has only eight catches for 77 yards and one touchdown across 10 games. The second-round pick was reportedly sought out by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Wednesday, who told Washington that he's "still confident" in him. With Justin Hunter (shoulder) having been placed on injured reserve and Ryan Switzer in the concussion protocol, Washington could serve as Pittsburgh's No. 3 wideout during Sunday's tilt against the Raiders. The rookie will work to capitalize on his increased opportunity.
Fellow wideout Justin Hunter (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, so Washington could see the field in his absence. Along with Hunter out, Ryan Switzer was placed in concussion protocol Monday, so Washington could vault up to third on the depth chart behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Washington was a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against the Chargers, so his role going forward remains uncertain.
Washington is a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Sunday's decision is the second time this season Washington has been a healthy inactive, and his coming off a performance last week in which he failed to record a catch on three targets. The rookie second-round pick has caught only eight of 25 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in 10 games. Darrius Heyward-Bey and Justin Hunter are both active and can serve as the Steelers' No. 4 wide receiver against Los Angeles.
Washington failed to catch any of his three targets during Sunday's 24-17 loss to Denver.
The rookie has a paltry eight catches for 77 yards this season and seems to have fallen behind Ryan Switzer (26-214) on the depth chart. Both have just one touchdown each and have a difficult Week 13 match-up against the Chargers , who have allowed opposing wide receivers to score just one touchdown in the past three games.
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