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Darnell Washington

#2 TE,


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RANK: 39


21 yrs


6'7'' / 270 lbs




Could see more receiving opportunities

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-05-30

In his second season as a pro, Washington believes that there's a "strong possibility" he can emerge as more of a receiving threat, Mike DeFabo of The Athletic reports.

In 17 regular-season contests as a rookie, Washington caught just seven of his 10 targets for 61 yards, however with new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on board, the 2023 third-rounder is a candidate to see more pass-catching opportunities in what figures to be a more tight-end friendly offense in Pittsburgh. At 6-foot-7, 264 pounds, Washington has the size to continue to make his mark as a run blocker, but the Georgia product has some untapped potential as a receiver and should have an opportunity to demonstrate that more in 2024, while working being top option Pat Freiermuth in a TE corps that also includes Connor Heyward and MyCole Pruitt.

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Underwhelms in rookie season

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-12

Washington secured seven of 10 targets for 61 yards over 17 games during the 2023 season.

Washington drew solid reviews during training camp ahead of his rookie season, but he was unable to carve out much of a role in the Steelers' passing game, even with Pat Freiermuth missing five games due to an injury. Washington was on the field for 48 percent of the team's offensive snaps, but he didn't record more than 12 receiving yards in any of his appearances. Although his lack of targets was discouraging, it was a positive sign to see him carve out his fair share of playing time, and he'll look to take a step forward in 2024.

Minimal production in victory

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-24

Washington secured his lone target for eight yards during the Steelers' 34-11 win over the Bengals on Saturday.

Washington's snap count bounced back to 29 offensive snaps Saturday after he played just 13 snaps last week, but his production remained limited, even in a comfortable victory over Cincinnati. He was the team's most productive tight end since Pat Freiermuth was held without a target, but Washington shouldn't be a fantasy-relevant player to close out the season.

Held to 12 yards in defeat

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-08

Washington secured one of two targets for 12 yards during the Steelers' 21-18 loss to the Patriots on Thursday.

Washington wasn't targeted during last week's loss to Arizona, but he racked up double-digit receiving yards for the third time this season during Thursday's loss. Despite his reception Thursday, the rookie third-rounder should have minimal fantasy relevance to close out the year.

Goes without target in Week 13

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-06

Washington played 34 of the Steelers' 61 snaps on offense and went without a target in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Cardinals.

Washington has played more than half of the Steelers' snaps on offense in three of the past four contests, but the big-bodied rookie out of Georgia been deployed mainly as a blocking tight end. He's drawn just seven targets over his 12 appearances on the season and will likely see limited involvement as a pass catcher down the stretch, especially now that Pat Freiermuth is back in the fold after a recent stint on injured reserve.

Tallies one catch Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-20

Washington secured his lone target for eight yards during the Steelers' 13-10 loss to Cleveland on Sunday.

Although Pat Freiermuth returned to action Sunday, Washington continued to see his fair share of playing time, as he was on the field for 47 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps compared to Freiermuth's mark of 53 percent. However, neither tight end was able to generate much production in the low-scoring matchup. It wouldn't be surprising to see Freiermuth's snap count continue to rise as he regains his conditioning, so Washington's fantasy potential could diminish over the next few weeks.

Remains limited in Week 10

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-13

Washington secured his lone target for six yards during the Steelers' 23-19 win over the Packers on Sunday.

Washington's snap count matched that of fellow tight end Connor Heyward on Sunday, but the rookie third-rounder had minimal production once again. Washington hasn't had more than one reception in any of his appearances this season, and he'll likely have even less of a role in the team's offense once Pat Freiermuth (hamstring) returns, which could happen as early as next Sunday against the Browns.

Minimal production in Week 9

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-03

Washington secured his lone target for seven yards during the Steelers' 20-16 win over the Titans on Thursday.

Although Pat Freiermuth (hamstring) remained on injured reserve in Week 9, Washington failed to generate much production in the Steelers' passing game. Although Connor Heyward was limited to just two receptions for 16 yards, he appears to have established himself as Pittsburgh's clear top tight end with Freiermuth unavailable.

No targets in Week 7

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-23

Washington didn't have any touches during the Steelers' 24-17 win over the Rams on Sunday.

After Pat Freiermuth (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve ahead of Week 7, it seemed likely that Washington would be in line for an increased workload. However, Washington played just 53 percent of Pittsburgh's offensive snaps and was outpaced by second-year tight end Connor Heyward, who was on the field for 86 percent of the snaps. Washington should continue to see increased playing time while Freiermuth is sidelined, but as shown Sunday, that role may not come with a significant uptick in targets.

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