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Can James Washington move up the Steelers receiving depth chart?

Day 29 of the Steelers Trifecta! Featuring James Washington, Jamar Watson, and Derek Watt

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Welcome to the Steelers Trifecta! Over the 30 days leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 training camp, we will be highlighting three players every day in order cover the entire 90-man offseason roster. So without further ado, here are today’s three players:


James Washington

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Position: Receiver
Age: 25
Year: 4
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 213
Drafted: Round 2, Pick 60, 2018
College: Oklahoma State
Roster Outlook: Lock
Analysis:

James Washington has firmly entrenched himself as the Steelers number four receiver in 2020. He was still a dependable target though, and really should have seen more balls thrown his way. With a knack for making tough catches and running through contact, Washington may even take another step in his development the more Ben Roethlisberger looks his way. Washington might not be the flashiest of the Steelers skill players but he is consistent and that means everything in the NFL. He should take on a bigger role in this offense than he had in 2020.


Jamar Watson

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Position: Linebacker
Age: 23
Year: 1
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 241
Drafted: UDFA 2021
College: Kentucky
Roster Outlook: Unlikely
Analysis:

Once again competing for a job amongst the Steelers inside linebackers will prove to be a Herculean task. Any of the guys that aren't already NFL Players will need to prove they are substantially better special teams players to even get a shot. Watson will duke it out with the likes of Marcus Allen and Ulysees Gilbert III for a shot to just crack this team but in all likelihood will really just fight to try to make the practice squad and develop throughout the year.


Derek Watt

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Position: Fullback
Age: 28
Year: 6
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 234
Drafted: Round 6, Pick 198, 2016 (Chargers)
College: Wisconsin
Roster Outlook: Lock
Analysis:

Derek Watt is in a very interesting situation. In 2020 Randy Fichtner just didn't involve him in the offense, but new offensive coordinator Matt Canada used Watt heavily when they worked together at the University of Wisconsin. A playing time uptick should be on the horizon which will be crucial in making sense of that big money deal the Steelers gave him in the Spring of 2020. Watt is still one of the best fullbacks and special teamers in the league and is due to bounce back in 2021.


Be sure to check back everyday for anther ‘trifecta’ of Steelers, and as we go along click back on previous articles listed below so you don’t miss a thing.