Stamford's James Washington picks things up quickly as Steelers mini-camp concludes

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As mini-camp wraps up in Pittsburgh, James Washington certainly isn't itching for the long break.

"I just do what I can on the field, but also work with my coaches -- even after everyone has left," Washington told the media.

The second round draft pick from Stamford has been a student of the game long before his arrival as a Steeler, but now has quite the receiving corps to learn from as he prepares for his first NFL season.

"I haven't worked much one-on-one with AB (Antonio Brown), but just watching him work, watching what he does and how he executes -- it's big for me," Washington said. "Definitely learning every day I'm out here."

Washington, who won the coveted Biletnikoff Award for being college football's best receiver in 2017, has picked things up quickly on his own as well. With fellow receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster suffering from a lingering knee injury, there's been a lot more opportunity to get quality repetitions. He even worked with future Hall of Fame QB Ben Roethlisberger -- who gave him individual instruction on his routes.

So far, so good for the former Bulldog.

"Honestly, I'm a lot more comfortable, you know. I'm kind of getting used to the speed of the game and the concepts are kind of getting easier to remember," he said.

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