Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington didn't deny nor confirm that he indeed requested a trade from the Steelers. "That's a private conversation," Washington said, per ESPN. "As far as me being happy in Pittsburgh, I love it here.
Who wouldn't be happy playing football as their job? I come to work every day with a smile on my face. I'm eager to be here with my guys -- joking around, laughing, playing a sport I love." Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Washington requested a trade from the Steelers following the Hall of Fame game, citing limited playing time last season and so far in the preseason.
However, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin denied it. "He has not," Tomlin said. "Those unnamed sources, we don't react to or respond to. James has been great here, working and having a good camp."
Washington did ask for an increased role in the offense
Washington admitted that he did indeed approach the Steelers to ask about an increased role in the offense.
"It's been talked about," Washington said. "But I'm just trying to do what I can. I just want to show people I can be available and make the plays they want me to make. Just do what I need to do."
Steelers Offensive coordinator Matt Canada had nothing but good to say of Washington. "James is awesome," Canada said. "He comes to work every day. He is a great guy to be around. He hasn't said a word to me, he just plays hard every day and practices hard every day.
I am a huge fan of James. Really am." Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool suffered an ankle injury on Tuesday's practice and Washington was more involved in Wednesday's practice. "With Chase down, I've worked with the 1s a little bit more," Washington said.
"All I can keep doing is capitalizing and making the most out of every rep I'm in there." Washington believes he is an all-around player and he can help the team offensively. "I just feel like it's making me a little bit more well-rounded," Washington said.
"That way I can't just be labeled as an outside receiver because then that may limit you to plays. If anybody goes down, I feel like I can just get in there and pick up the slack. But whatever that may be, I think it just helps me all around."