Saints add a speedy body to increasingly deep wide receiver room
The New Orleans Saints continue to add to their wide receiver room, with the recent acquisition making the room both deeper and faster for the Saints.
The wide receiver corps of the New Orleans Saints is at something of a crossroads, with them having feet in more than one direction. The Saints addressed the future (and present) with Chris Olave, and to a lesser extent Rashid Shaheed, while still having eyes on the past with the uncertain status of Michael Thomas. Of course the curious case of Thomas has become a perpetual issue at this point.
With Derek Carr being brought in to kick off free agency with the hope of being the next franchise quarterback post-Drew Brees, he's going to need a full toy chest to play with. The Saints recently brought in Foster Moreau for an added tight end target that Carr is familiar with, which was a great step.
Now, another outside presence could provide Carr with another weapon.
James Washington is the next receiver to come into New Orleans, following in the steps of sixth-round draft pick A.T. Perry. The veteran Washington has a chance to provide a speedy spark to Carris wide receiver options.
Considering the Pittsburgh Steelers made Washington the 60th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and using second-round draft capital, some would say he's underperformed to this point. However, a lot of that is due to injury, and he has shown flashes while on the field.
Despite limited availability, and a lack of targets with the wide range of receiving arrows the Steelers had in their quiver, Washington was still able to catch 114 balls and 11 touchdowns in his four years there. Five of them came in 2020 when the Steelers won the AFC North.
The production despite the surrounding circumstances can be contributed to the game-breaking speed Washington possesses. He's the kind of burner the Saints can surely use in their passing attack.
The signing of James Washington won't make any headlines, but he has a chance to be another piece of the puzzle that could produce a picture of New Orleans Saints success in 2023 and beyond.