5'10'' / 212 lbs
Washington (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Colts.
Parker was recently the subject of trade rumors after getting selected in the sixth round of the 2023 Draft with the depth Jacksonville has at receiver. Although he remains on the team he'll be sidelined for Week 1. His next chance to suit up will be Week 2 against the Chiefs.
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Jacksonville's general manager Trent Baalke indicated Thursday that "(Parker) was never on the trade block. We were never actively shopping him," John Shipley of SI.com reports.
Baalke later admitted a few teams did reach out about Washington's status, however no offers were made that moved the needle. The Jaguars are deep at receiver heading into the season, which leaves the team's sixth round draft pick relatively buried on the depth chart. He will have plenty of time to continue acclimating to the playbook going forward, but it remains to be seen how big of a role, if any, he will have when the season kicks off.
Washington recorded one reception on two targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 25-7 preseason win over the Lions. He added one rush for -1 yards.
Washington was on the field to start the game and was targeted on the first pass attempt from CJ Beathard. His more impactful effort came just before halftime, when he caught a short pass to the left prior to shedding a tackle and turning upfield for a 15-yard score. Washington also handled punt returns, which could be his primary contribution to begin the regular season.
The Jaguars selected Washington in the sixth round of the NFL Draft, 185th overall.
Washington had a very productive three-year career at Penn State, which began his freshman season when he recorded 36 receptions for 489 yards and six touchdowns. He battled injuries in his junior year, which could have played a role in his slide down the board. Washington also isn't overly athletic, but he lands in an interesting spot and could immediately serve as Jacksonville's fourth or fifth wide receiver.