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James Washington appreciated pep talk from Ben Roethlisberger

Instead of a well-thrown pass, rookie wide receiver James Washington instead found himself on the receiving end of some criticism last week courtesy of Ben Roethlisberger. It sounds like the two Pittsburgh Steelers teammates hashed it out during a chat last weekend, and Washington admits it was appreciated.

Roethlisberger publicly scolded Washington last week after the rookie wideout needlessly laid out for a ball on a deep pass, losing control of the ball in the process. Roethlisberger called out Washington on Pittsburgh radio following the loss to the Broncos, saying, “I’m not really sure what he was doing.”

Washington mentioned Wednesday that Roethlisberger, who previously noted the same earlier in the week, sought him out last Saturday so the two could settle matters.

“You know, he kinda came in the receiver room and talked to me one on one, which I really needed that because he gave me a lot of advice,” Washington said, as transcribed by Steelers Depot. “And you know, for him to come in and sit me down and talk to me just kind of helped me get over this hump and get back on track.”

Washington was a healthy game-day scratch in last Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, but he’s expected to be active again for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Washington noted how Roethlisberger’s comments gave him a much-needed boost.

“Just to be yourself and that no one’s given up on me,” Washington said. “That he still trusts me 100 percent and just to trust myself and do what I’ve been doing this whole time, basically.”

The Steelers have dropped two straight but look to get things back on track in Week 14 against the woeful Raiders. Washington hasn’t played a huge role this season, having only has eight catches for 77 yards and one touchdown. Perhaps Roethlisberger’s pep talk will give Washington the confidence needed to assume a bigger role of the offense.