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Stamford's Washington begins NFL career with familiar QB at Steelers rookie minicamp

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Just two weeks after getting the call of his life, Stamford native James Washington has begun his time as a Pittsburgh Steeler on Friday at rookie minicamp, and it couldn't have gone better.

"I'm just blessed to be here", the former Bulldog and Oklahoma State wide receiver said. "One percent of college players make it here, so every time you step on this grass, you know we should show why we're here."

Washington wore the Steelers colors for the first time as he and his fellow Steel City rookies got oriented on day 1 of the required rookie camp.

That also includes his college QB Mason Rudolph, who was drafted just behind Washington in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft.

The two have shared many memories as OSU Cowboys, posting more than 4,000 collegiate yards and nearly 40 touchdowns in their four years together. The duo is also the 7th QB/WR duo to be drafted to the same team in the same year in league history, but no one has had more production than Rudolph and Washington.

Just getting back out there put a smile on James’ face – as he couldn't be happier after day 1.

“It went good, you know just coming here with the same chemistry, it's everything a receiver wants in a quarterback just coming in and being familiar with the guy,” Washington explained to the media. “Just to have someone that you're comfortable around and a familiar face -- it's helpful because if we both have questions, we can ask each other and one of us will usually answer it."

Minicamp continues through the weekend.


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