The Minnesota Vikings have already had an harm scare with Justin Jefferson, so now’s the time to select up some insurance with Steelers WR James Washington.
When Justin Jefferson went down with a shoulder harm at Vikings coaching camp on Friday, it highlighted simply how tenuous the scenario at broad receiver could possibly be.
Jefferson is a star. Adam Thielen takes care of enterprise. Outside these two, there isn’t a certain factor.
That’s why the Vikings should have a look in Pittsburgh, the place Steelers broad receiver James Washington has reportedly requested a trade.
The Vikings may trade for James Washington for further depth
James requested for a trade “based on his limited playtime last season and so far this preseason,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.
In Pittsburgh, Washington is fourth within the broad receiver pecking order behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. He had 392 yards and 5 touchdowns final 12 months whereas ending behind tight finish Eric Ebron in targets.
That was a substantial step again from 2019 when he had 735 yards whereas beginning 10 of 15 video games.
The former second-round choice is able to being greater than a fifth possibility in an offense. The Vikings may use him.
Jefferson suffered a sprained AC joint, in accordance with Schefter. It’s not thought-about critical, but it surely could possibly be a priority sooner or later. It’s not simply in regards to the shoulder. It’s in regards to the real risk of Jefferson or Thielen being injured in 2021. Minnesota wants some insurance in case that occurs.
Washington would offer simply that. He could possibly be a 3rd possibility at broad receiver and simply step in to begin as obligatory.
Dez Bryant tweeted out the potential for a Thielen-Jefferson-Washington trio even earlier than the trade request got here out and earlier than Jefferson had his harm scare.
“Dope receiver core,” he wrote. He’s proper about that one.