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Failed Cowboys wide receiver attempts NFL comeback
Failed Cowboys wide receiver attempts NFL comeback

Former Cowboys wide receiver James Washington is attempting a comeback to the NFL. He appeared in two games with Dallas in 2022 but missed most of the last two seasons due to a Jones fracture in his foot.

Washington was originally selected in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He showed off his talent early in his career but was ultimately overshadowed and lost favor with the organization. At just 28 years old, he hopes to join a team for training camp and prove he still belongs in the league.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPNWashington has several applicants for a tryout.

Expectations were high for Washington when he entered the league after catching at least 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons at Oklahoma State. He caught 74 passes for 1,549 yards (20.9 YPC) and 13 TDs in 2017, establishing himself as one of the best players in college football.

Washington’s performance has never been consistent at the professional level. After a quiet rookie season, he shone in 2019 with 44 receptions and 735 yards (16.7 YPC) and scored five TDs in 2020, even as the Steelers continued to add more receivers and Washington slipped down the rankings.

Shortly after joining the Cowboys, the 6’1″, 215-pound wide receiver injured his foot and required surgery, ending his brief stint with Dallas. The last time he made any notable appearances in the NFL was in 2021, when he appeared in 15 games with the Steelers and made 24 catches for 285 yards and two touchdowns.

His best days are probably behind him. It hasn’t been announced which teams are interested, so maybe the Cowboys are one of them. They could use more depth at the position and maybe Washington has some leftover steam, although he’s probably already exhausted his opportunity with the organization.

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