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Week 1 vs. PIT
Receiving: 1 / 8 / 0 on 3 targets
Washington was a surprise active after most signs indicated that he would have to sit out the season opener against his old mates. He didn't trust his hamstring enough to run the deep routes that got him noticed as a member of the Steelers, but he did catch an underneath route from Collins to convert a third down. With Kenny Britt looking ready to assume a role in this passing offense, it's hard to get excited about Washington's prospects, even when he's healthy.
Week 2 vs. HOU
Rushing: 1 / 14 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 36 / 1 on 7 targets
Nate Washington finished the game with 4 receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown. Collins hooked up with Washington on an 8 yard fade in to the back left corner of the endzone. Washington deftly got both feet down before going out of bounds. Washington's other three receptions were all short with a long of 12 yards. However, Washington appears much more comfortable in the offense and with Collins then he did in the preseason and week 1. Washington was the most targeted receiver in week 2 with seven targets.
Week 3 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 2 / 25 / 1 on 9 targets
Washington caught his TD on a nice unspoken communication play where Kerry Collins threw behind him because Dwight Lowery was overplaying the route and not looking back at the ball. He had a nice gain on a crossing route to set up the TD. Washington also had multiple drops, including one over the middle when he seemed to hear footsteps.
Week 4 vs. JAX
Receiving: 7 / 66 / 1 on 12 targets
Washington hasn't turned into the #1 receiver the Titans envisioned when they signed him, and he hasn't been much of a deep threat or playmaker, but he is Kerry Collins favorite receiver on short routes, especially near the goal line. Washington failed to make something happen after the catch about half of the time, but he did show a good nose for the end zone on his TD, diving to get the ball across the plane of the goal line. Washington did have one downfield catch early in the game, but he couldn't get both feet down in bounds.
Week 5 vs. IND
Receiving: 3 / 37 / 0 on 6 targets
Nate Washington finished the game with 3 catches for 37 yards. It appears that the Titans have settled into using Washington as a WR for short to intermediate routes which is a surprise considering the break-away speed he is graced with. One of Nate's targets turned into an interception as Colts CB Tim Jennings wrestled the ball from him on a pass that Washington should have had. Washington was responsible for the largest play from scrimmage on Sunday night for the Titans, a 23 yard gain. Washington later had a key third down catch for 10 yards that he fought hard for the marker on.
Week 6 vs. NE
Receiving: 1 / -22 / 0 on 3 targets
The good news was that Nate Washington had one of two Titans receptions on the day. The bad news was that he promptly had the ball stripped and lost 15 yards before he could recover it completely. Washington was also targeted on two deep passes, one by Kerry Collins (intercepted) and another by Vince Young (incomplete).
Week 8 vs. JAX
Receiving: 2 / 22 / 1 on 2 targets
Nate Washington lined up as a starter in Week 8 for the Titans, but the game plan dictated very few throws for Tennessee against the Jaguars. Washington had two balls head his way, reeling in both including a very nice touch pass six-yard touchdown from Vince Young in the second quarter. Washington is a risky fantasy start even in the best of matchups.
Week 9 vs. SF
Receiving: 3 / 30 / 0 on 5 targets
Nate Washington was the secondary wideout for Tennessee in Week 9, getting just five chances against San Francisco. Washington did get one deeper pass thrown to him, which he snagged for an 18-yard gain in the first quarter, but after that effort he was mostly quiet on the afternoon. Justin Gage looks to be the top receiver for the Titans right now and Washington may have weeks of minimal fantasy production.
Week 10 vs. BUF
Rushing: 1 / 1 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 33 / 1 on 2 targets
Washington caught yet another red zone TD. This one was slightly behind him, but he adjusted well and turned upfield for the score. Other than his frequent red zone targets, Washington has been a dud this year, never living up to the Titans high hopes for him when they signed Washington in free agency.
Week 11 vs. HOU
Receiving: 1 / 14 / 0 on 4 targets
Washington caught an early comeback on the sidelines, but didn't record another reception for the rest of the game. He had two deep targets from Young, one that he dropped, and one that Young underthrew. He is a bottom of the barrel option in most leagues, but he has value because of his proficiency in the red zone and the Titans insistence on trying to feature him in the deep passing game.
Week 12 vs. ARI
Receiving: 3 / 68 / 0 on 9 targets
Washington did reel in a deep ball and also caught a long pass from Young when he got wide open after a play action fake on the game's first drive, but he also dropped a pass inside the five on the game's final drive and didn't compete well for balls when he was tightly covered. Young threw Washington a 50/50 deep ball during the game, but the defensive back seemed much better suited to make a natural play on the ball than Washington did.
Week 13 vs. IND
Receiving: 4 / 44 / 0 on 10 targets
Washington was inconsistent. He made a pretty sideline catch, showing good focus to stay in bounds, but also had a bad, bad drop on a perfect deep pass that caught him in stride. It would have easily been a 65 yard TD.
Week 14 vs. STL
Receiving: 3 / 54 / 0 on 5 targets
Washington worked the middle of the field for the Titans against Seattle and made two key downfield blocks on long Chris Johnson gains. His most impressive catch came on a post route down the right side of the field wherein he caught a slightly underthrown Kerry Collins pass for a solid gain.
Week 15 vs. MIA
Receiving: 1 / 32 / 1 on 5 targets
Washington made his only catch count, and looked real good making the long TD reception. He also looked hurt after the play; he may have re-injured his ankle.
Week 16 vs. SD
Receiving: 4 / 39 / 0 on 5 targets
Nate Washington split time with Just Gage and Kenny Britt at wideout for the Titans in Week 16. He was the most productive Titan wide receiver, but that is not saying much on a night where Washington had half of the catches for Tennessee with just four grabs, all coming in the first half. Washington had five targets on Christmas night, gaining between seven and 14 yards at a time. His fifth target was a first quarter drop that would have been good enough for eight more yards but likely would have been short of a first down on third-and-10.
Week 17 vs. SEA
Receiving: 6 / 83 / 0 on 8 targets
Washington did an excellent job of getting open when Vince Young was forced out of the pocket. He showed a good rapport with Young; and also showed he can take a hit and still hang on to the ball. He made a great diving sideline catch at the 2 yard line. On this day, he looked like the Titans #1 receiver.