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Steelers WR James Washington credits teammates for helping him through his rookie season

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington is glad to be going into the 2019 NFL season with the NFL figured out.

In an interview for Adam Schefter, wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster spoke highly of Washington.

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

Washington didn’t blow many away in his rookie season in Pittsburgh, catching 16 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown.

With the departure of All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown, Washington has more of an opportunity to make a difference in the Steelers’ offense.

Washington is in a receiver room with Smith-Schuster, Donte Moncrief, Ryan Switzer, Eli Rogers, and Diontae Johnson.

In four seasons with Oklahoma State, Washington tallied 4,442 yards on 226 catches for 39 touchdowns.

Washington will also benefit with having quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who will surely give him more targets now that Brown is with the Oakland Raiders.

Washington has gone through an offseason of physical change, as he dropped 15 pounds and now comes in at 210.

With many more opportunities without the presence of Brown, Washington will be able to show why he can be a sleeper receiver in 2019.