RB Leon Washington - Free Agent
|5-9, 199||Born: 8-29-1982||College: Florida State||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2006|
2014 Week 1 vs KC (2 / 23 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Leon Washington has surprisingly been active in the Titans' backfield. He is a third-down option along with Dexter McCluster who seemingly won't be trusted in a full-time role yet. Washington's snaps are likely coming at the expense of Bishop Sankey, so they may disappear once Sankey proves himself to the coaching staff. He is still a somewhat elusive player, but age has definitely limited his explosion.
2014 Week 8 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Washington had two receptions in the first half of this game. Both were checkdowns on third and long when he had little chance of converting for a first down. He added a third play of this kind in the fourth quarter as the rookie quarterback continued to settle for yardage that didn't benefit the offense.
2014 Week 10 vs BAL (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)
Even with Shonn Greene seemingly sidelined because of his fumble, Washington wasn't able to see the field much more than he usually does. Washington did get to score the Titans only touchdown of the game as he caught a pitch behind the line of scrimmage at the goal line. It was a misdirection play, but Washington had to be aggressive to get over the line.
2014 Week 13 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
On Third-and-11 at the end of the first quarter, Washington saw his first snap on the field. He caught a check down pass for a six yard gain in the flat. That was his only involvement on offense.
2014 Week 14 vs NYG (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Leon Washington saw the field late in the fourth quarter, when the Giants were playing prevent coverage and the game had been decided. Washington had just four touches for modest gains.
2014 Week 15 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Washington only had one touch, a reception for just two yards in the flat. He saw more time on the field as a pass blocker, but his biggest moment in this game came on special teams when he muffed a punt after the Titans defense got a safety.
2014 Week 16 vs JAX (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 62 / 1 rec)
With Dexter McCluster on injured reserve, Washington saw time in passing situations from the first quarter. He had an early first down run from the shotgun on Third-and-Short. Washington had an eventful opening drive for the Titans. He saw a goal line carry where he was blown up at the line of scrimmage by Jonathan Cyprien, but two plays later he caught a check down at the goal line for a touchdown. Washington was the Titans' most productive running back in the first half. He caught two first down passes in the second quarter, one on a wheel route down the sideline and one in the flat by the first down marker. Washington stayed on the field as a receiving back throughout the game and added a number of easy receptions on the final drive of the game.
2014 Week 17 vs IND (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington saw his first action early in the second quarter. He came in for a Third-and-Short situation when the Titans spread the field. Washington was given the football, but fell down behind the line of scrimmage when he attempted to turn upfield.
2012 Week 1 vs ARI (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It's hard to believe that a running back with two carries for five yards and zero touchdowns kept a team in the game but that's exactly what Washington did. His 52 yard punt return set up a field goal and his 83 yard kickoff return set up the only touchdown of the day for Seattle. Both plays were well blocked, but Washington changed directions multiple times as well. As much trouble as Seattle had with the blitz it's easy to wonder if Washington will get a chance to get worked into the screen game in the coming weeks.
2012 Week 7 vs SF (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
On third and 10, Washington was given a hand off looking to catch the defense off balance but he ran into his blockers and never had a chance of converting the first down. He only gained two yards. On third and four, Washington couldn't escape off the edge when given the football before being caught for only a two yard gain.
2012 Week 13 vs CHI (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Washington was used primarily on kick return duties, but he came in for one series late in the first half. He had three touches for 14 yards on that drive and nearly gave up an interception on a short dump off that hit him in the shoulder pads and popped up. It was nearly picked off, but the Bears couldn't react fast enough and the pass fell incomplete.
2012 Week 14 vs ARI (7 / 38 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The third-string running back and typically a special teamer got in on the fun with Seattle having their way against Arizona this week. He had seven offensive touches, which is as many as he had in the previous five games combined. He showed his game-breaking ability the multiple runs avoiding defenders and showing good burst. Washington also had a 9-yard gain called back by a holding penalty, which would have brought his game total close to 50 yards on offense. He even scored on a late goal line carry, walking into the end zone with ease to the outside.
2012 Week 15 vs BUF (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington carried the ball twice picking up five yards. Washington also had a punt return for a TD called back due to penalty.
2011 Week 1 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
On a team that figures to be down a lot this year with a struggling QB, Washington would seem to be a good fit as a player who could catch some dump-off passes and make plays that could help keep the team on schedule or continue drives. Instead, he barely saw the field outside of kickoff returns. Washington is one of the team's fastest players and needs to be on the field touching the ball more often than directly after the opposing team has just scored.
2011 Week 2 vs PIT (1 / -2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Washington, once again, was underutilized by Seattle. A player who can get into space and make fast-twitch moves to gain yardage should have more than two touches. When the offensive line is weak, running Lynch into the back of his lineman for a yard or two is much less effective than attempting a screen, draw, or flare pass to Washington in space. The downside is a yard or two (or perhaps an incomplete pass), but the upside could be a splash play that Seattle is missing.
2011 Week 3 vs ARI (3 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington was again an afterthought, with only three carries. But he opened some eyes on one of them with a nice cut inside on a stretch play. It gained him about 20 yards before anyone touched him. It's been said before, but seriously, does the Seattle coaching staff need to watch the game on TV to see that giving the ball to Washington more often would be a GOOD thing?
2011 Week 4 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Washington doesn't see the ball often outside of the return game, but with the ball in his hands, he's the most exciting player on the field. You could feel the electricity in the air when he nearly brought back a punt return from midfield down to the 10.
2011 Week 7 vs CLE (7 / 39 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 10 / 0 rec)
Washington got the start in place of Lynch. He was definitely the better of the two backs committee, but that's not saying much. He was dangerous as usual in the return game, and had a long punt return touchdown called back. The replay clearly showed that the penalty was the wrong call. With Lynch out, Washington was relied on in the red zone, and the Seahawks made a point of getting the ball in his hands in the final minutes. With a passing game that never got off the ground, and no power back to wear down the defense, Washington had a hard time getting any open room, and that's where he most excels.
2011 Week 8 vs CIN (2 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington did most of his damage in the return game, but two other things stood out about his day. First Washington was unable to catch to very catchable balls. Part of the appeal of Washington is he receiving ability and he's normally very reliable, so this seems like a glitch but is worth watching. The second was a nice run to close out the game. On the play, Washington took the handoff and cut left. He was hit several times but kept his feet--and his balance--breaking numerous tackles on his way to a big gain. It was too little too late and the Seahawks allowed the clock to expire and the game to end after.
2011 Week 10 vs BAL (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington saw the ball even less than usual as Marshawn Lynch dominated the ground touches this game.
2011 Week 11 vs STL (6 / -3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington gave the Rams fits on punt returns, as he shows again that he is an elite level talent in that area. But he ended up with negative yardage on six carries out of the backfield. Marshawn Lynch has a stronghold on most of the carries, and at this point we've learned that - talent aside - we can't count on Washington for anything beyond the return game.
2011 Week 12 vs WAS (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington's shifty style found no success against the Redskins. Each time he juked a defender, he found two more in his path. He also did not get involved in the passing game where he's at his most dangerous.
2011 Week 13 vs PHI (6 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Interesting to see when Lynch left the game for a series Leon Washington got the call not Justin Forsett, not effective running between the tackles tonight.
2011 Week 14 vs STL (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington mostly makes his presence felt on special teams but did receive one carry tonight.
2011 Week 15 vs CHI (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington oddly got the first goal line carry, an outside pitch from the 2 yard line - but he wasn't able to get positive yardage against the stout Bears defense. His main contribution were his usual stellar kick returns.
2011 Week 17 vs ARI (7 / 78 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Washington played the role of third down back, and looked good as a receiver early on. Late in the first quarter, he broke free up the middle for 15 yard gain. Later he ran one up the middle, somehow finding a seam through a big crowd, and was off, the play ending 48 yards downfield as he successfully dove for the pylon at the goal line. Washington also had one red zone carry, but was stopped behind the line.
2010 Week 1 vs SF (6 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington did not get in the mix until late in the third quarter, when the 49ers were keying on the run. He did well considering, and showed a good burst at the line. He should have no problem keeping pace with Julius Jones, but for now, Justin Forsett is the clear back to own from the Seahawks RBBC.
2010 Week 2 vs DEN (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington had no carries until late in the game, when the Seahawks were down 31-7. They seem content to let him return kicks for now, though it's possible he's still recovering from offseason leg surgery.
2010 Week 3 vs SD (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
In terms of the offense, Washington was strictly a change of pace back - a pure backup. However, he more than made his mark on the special teams aspect of the game. He set a Seattle record with a 101-yard kick return touchdown to start off the second half. And then for good measure, he added a 99-yard kick return score later in the half for the game-winner. Judging by both the distance and the explosivness on each run (not to mention the breathtaking balance, vision, and power), it's pretty safe to say that he has fully recovered from last season's devastating broken leg. It's unlikely that this performance will garner him any additional offensive touches, but what it may do is to give the coaching staff confidence in him that he CAN do more should something happen to starter Justin Forsett.
2010 Week 4 vs STL (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Washington had a long catch on a gadget play when he lined up as a wide receiver, but the Seahawks curiously left him on the sidelines most of the time on offense even though he was their best weapon (albeit as a kick returner) last week.
2010 Week 8 vs OAK (5 / 29 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington deserves to be on your dark horse list, but his current value comes strictly as a returner. Every time he touched the ball, he was a threat to go all the way. Late in the game, he got a few carries as well. The game was out of reach and so the Raiders were playing back, but the fact remains that he did more with those five carries than both Forsett and Lynch did with their fourteen combined.
2010 Week 13 vs CAR (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington only had 2 carries in the game, but he had a huge punt return, as he ran it all the way back to the one, only to be tackled by the punter on a tremendous tackle. That explosive return was a huge moment in the game, as Lynch ran in for the touchdown and the Seahawks opened up a 10 point lead.
2010 Week 14 vs SF (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Washington was typically thrown into the mix once the game is way out of reach - and typically looked pretty good running the ball. Apparently the Seahawks would rather save him for the return game, however, and he showed why with another impressive kickoff return for a touchdown.
2010 Week 16 vs TB (1 / 16 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
True to form, the Seahawks only gave Washington the ball (outside of his regular return duties) once the game was out of reach. And true to form, Washington made a case for more carries. He took a delayed draw handoff to the end zone in Q4, a 16 yard run, showing good agility and speed, and the same vision that gets him so many yards on returns. It was his only carry of the game. Why the Seahawks don't give him more opportunities earlier in games continues to perplex.
2010 Week 17 vs STL (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Washington was involved on a few swing passes and dump off's this week. On one of the grabs he broke away from an ankle tackle for a crucial 3rd down conversion late in the game.
2009 Week 1 vs HOU (15 / 60 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Washington is now a 1A, not a complement or change of pace back. He got some standard carries up the gut, but didn't do too much with them, so the Jets could dial those back when Shonn Greene returns. Washington looked like his normal dynamic self on outside carries, and he got good gains in the "Seminole", the Jets version of the wildcat, including one carry down to the one-yard line, only to see Thomas Jones vulture the TD. Washington broke multiple tackles and generally gave defenders fits in the open field. Washington was basically even with Jones in snaps and touches until the game-killing drive. He's a solid RB2 in PPR leagues, and a fine flex play in any format.
2009 Week 2 vs NE (14 / 58 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Washington fumbled on his carry of the day, but he righted the ship and did decent work running between the tackles, falling forward and keeping the Pats on their toes. Washington didn't break any signature long plays, but he was barely tackled on a screen pass and barely missed by Sanchez on another target when he had a lot of green in front of him. Washington is short, but he showed good hands and ups to snag a high target from Sanchez on one of his two receptions. He also got a wildcat snap, but didn't do that much with it. Washington had a nice run late in the game to help get a first down and milk some clock, so he'll continue to have a role no matter the game situation this year.
2009 Week 3 vs TEN (12 / 46 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Washington was a focal point of the game plan early, with multiple catches and even some direct snaps - some of the wildcat variety, and some where Mark Sanchez faked an errant snap from center. None of really worked against the Titans stout defense, but it's good to see that the coaching staff is still making a point of getting Washington a lot of touches.
2009 Week 4 vs NO (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer involved Leon Washington in a number of plays and looks throughout the game as the Jets worked to penetrate the Saints stifling defense. He received direct snaps in the Wildcat formation, rushes out of conventional formations with Sanchez under center, and a number of targets out of the backfield that resulted in 4 receptions for 24 yards. Most of Washington's receptions and carries were stopped for short 3 or 4 yard gains except for a 15 yard screen pass to left side of the field where Washington wisely followed his blockers and gained a first down. Washington also had a 17 yard kick return on the day.
2009 Week 5 vs MIA (10 / 44 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Washington was a little more involved than he was last week, and he threatened big plays on a few of his carries, but the Jets failed to get him the ball in space enough for him to have a real chance to break a long play. Washington is running with a great initial burst, sudden moves at full speed, and good field vision. He is a big play waiting to happen, it's just a matter of time.
2009 Week 6 vs BUF (15 / 99 / 0 rush, 8 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
Washington had an impact on the game early with a long run and reception, and then in overtime he had a long run that looked like it was going to put the Jets in position to win the game. The rest of the time, Washington was earning tough yards inside. He got a direct snap in the red zone that went nowhere (like most of the direct snap plays they have run with him). We're still waiting for that first breakaway TD of the year, but Washington is still displaying the vision, burst, and moves to make it happen.
2009 Week 7 vs OAK (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Leon Washington had his leg awkwardly trapped up underneath of him on his first and only carry of the day against Oakland, and unfortunately that was probably the last time Washington will see action this year. He suffered a broken leg on the play and had surgery that same day, which will likely force him onto injured reserve, although the Jets are not making that roster move right away. Some are holding out hope that he can return for either Week 17 or the postseason, but that seems like a remote possibility.
2008 Week 1 vs MIA (6 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Washington contributed 26 total yards of offense as he was able to bring two receptions.
2008 Week 2 vs NE (2 / 28 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
Washington makes a nice change of pace back for the Jets. He is a great sideline to sideline runner which can also be a curse. In one instance, he ran the opposite direction to avoid tackles and ended up being swarmed by Patriots defenders for large loss.
2008 Week 3 vs SD (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Washington had a 94 yard kick return and almost scored, but was tackled on the three yard line in the second quarter. He had only one carry in the game and had two catches for 20 yards.
2008 Week 4 vs ARI (7 / 26 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
Washington ran the ball seven times for 26 yards and added a successful two point conversion run on the ground, and he caught four passes for 17 yards in the passing game on five targets.
2008 Week 6 vs CIN (5 / 7 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
Washington played a complementary role and used his speed and vision catching passes out of the backfield. He caught four of his five targets and was a vital part in moving the chains and keeping the offense moving downfield.
2008 Week 7 vs OAK (3 / 19 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Washington made the most of his limited touches, scoring the Jets only touchdown of the game on a powerful 11 yard run in the fourth quarter. His touchdown brought the Jets to within three as Washington fought through two defenders to get the ball across the goal line. Washington was also used effectively in the passing game as he caught three of his four targets for 21 yards.
2008 Week 8 vs KC (3 / 67 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 34 / 1 rec)
Leon Washington was used in all parts of the game. The first TD was a short screen to Washington and he bobbed and weaved to the endzone. In a passing situation the Jets called a run play against the nickel and it created a 60 yard TD. Washington came close to two scores on kickoff returns. One return was a little comical as Connor Barth jumped on his back and Washington carried him until someone caught the two to finish him off. Washington pumped his legs and worked hard to get every yard he earned. It was a very impressive performance.
2008 Week 9 vs BUF (7 / 13 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)
Leon Washington again provided the spark for the Jets, making his presence felt on the second play of the game as he took a screen pass 40 yards into Bills territory and setting up the first three points of the game for New York. He totaled 55 yards on nine touches and was the clear second option running on the ground for the Jets.
2008 Week 10 vs STL (12 / 54 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 14 / 0 rec)
Washington was active in the game and was targeted in the red zone on a pair of occasions. Most of his yards came late in the game with Clemens under centre. He also received a carry in the red zone early on. It was a draw play and he got absolutely stoned on the play. It may have been the only Rams high light.
2008 Week 11 vs NE (5 / 18 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 17 / 1 rec)
Washington made the most of his limited action in this game. He was targeted just the four times and only ran the ball five times. On his touchdown, he lined up as a wide receiver and was matched up on a linebacker. Jones caught the wide receiver screen pass and sped to the end zone from ten yards out. This capped an impressive opening drive for the Jets. Washington also had a huge impact on the D/ST by taking a kick off 92 yards for an impressive score.
2008 Week 12 vs TEN (8 / 82 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Washington was again used in a reserved role, and again made a huge impact with his limited touches. He turned nine touches into 84 yards and two deadly touchdowns as he provided the big play when the Jets needed it most. It was Washington who took a fourth quarter handoff and rolled 61 yards to the end zone, clinching the victory for New York.
2008 Week 13 vs DEN (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 60 / 0 rec)
Washington did not get many carries, and did most of his damage receiving the ball, all in one drive. Late in the third quarter, Washington caught a screen pass and made the most of his good blocking, using a couple of good cutting moves to pick up 34 yards on the play. The next two plays, Washington was again thrown to on screen passes, taking each for 14 and 12 yard gains. He finished with 60 yards receiving.
2008 Week 14 vs SF (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 31 / 0 rec)
Washington was used as a screen pass catcher on most of the offensive plays he was in on, and showed his quickness in making his defender miss, but he was usually stopped for short gains thanks to a swarming 49ers' defense. Washington scored a touchdown on a 99 yard kickoff return, but it was nullified due to a penalty by one of his teammates.
2008 Week 15 vs BUF (1 / 47 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
At the end of the second quarter, Washington took a handoff and showed off his amazing speed, making a nice cut and going the distance for a 47 yard touchdown. It was his only carry of the game. He also added one reception for seven yards.
2008 Week 17 vs MIA (10 / 60 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 29 / 0 rec)
Washington received a heavier workload and proved he can handle it as converted 16 touches into 89 yards and a score. He ran well and was a dual threat out of the backfield, catching six passes. His touchdown run came on a tough ten yard run as he used his speed and open field moves to punch in New York's second touchdown of the game.
2007 Week 1 vs NE (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Washington started the game and provided some zip to the outside running and passing games. The Jets came on to the field in a spread offensive formation, which featured Washington in the package. He was called upon on the second play of the game, rushing three yards, as well as well as the very next play, where he caught an eleven-yard screen pass. The Jets coaching staff did a good job giving Washington ample time in the backfield, where he amassed 30 yards on three catches, and added another 15 yards rushing on four carries.
2007 Week 2 vs BAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington primarily participated on special teams after Justin Miller left the game, but also had one fourth quarter target on the Jets' final drive of the game.
2007 Week 3 vs MIA (7 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington opened at running back for the Jets and had the first three carries. From then on, he only spelled Jones occasionally. His main job was to replace all pro return specialist Justin Miller, and responded with a 98 yard touchdown return after Ronnie Brown had tied the score in the second quarter.
2007 Week 4 vs BUF (4 / 24 / 1 rush, 8 / 8 / 38 / 0 rec)
Washington was featured prominently when the Jets ran their no huddle and two minute offenses. His four rushing attempts included runs of nine and eight yards. The latter was a quick touchdown burst up the middle of the Bills' defense. The touchdown was the fifth of Washington's career. Washington was targeted nine times and caught eight short passes. He also returned two kickoffs for a 27 yard average.
2007 Week 5 vs NYG (9 / 13 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Washington was not as much of a factor in the game logging only nine rushes for 13 yards and adding one catch for a one yard loss.
2007 Week 6 vs PHI (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Washington caught his only target for a five yard gain. He added two rushes for eight yards.
2007 Week 7 vs CIN (3 / 11 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Washington saw more playing time late in the game, but started as the backup running back. He replaced Thomas Jones for the majority of the fourth quarter, possibly because the Jets needed an additional passing option.
2007 Week 8 vs BUF (5 / 25 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Washington spelled Jones on occasion and gained 25 yards on five carries. Being used in third down and passing situations as well, Washington was able to bring in two of his three targets for seven total yards. He was responsible for one turnover in the second quarter, as he coughed the ball.
2007 Week 9 vs WAS (4 / 13 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Washington gave the Jets an early spark by returning the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown. He had a few carries and saw a few dump offs in the passing game.
2007 Week 11 vs PIT (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington played sparingly in the offense, carrying twice for ten yards, but he caused real damage returning kicks. Pittsburgh had been able harness Washington through most of the game with pooch kicks and squibs. In overtime he fielded a low wobbly punt before it hit the ground and raced 33 yards to Steelers' 28 to set up the winning field goal.
2007 Week 12 vs DAL (2 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Washington lost a fumble on the first kickoff he returned, and had a minimal impact as a running back.
2007 Week 13 vs MIA (10 / 68 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)
Washington had a great game as he gained 110 total yards and added two touchdowns. He was used interchangeably with Thomas Jones and gained just about as many yards as Jones in half the carries. Washington also saw three targets, grabbing two of them for 35 total yards. His first touchdown was a beautifully designed play where Washington took a direct snap in for the score.
2007 Week 14 vs CLE (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Washington did not play a significant role in this game, receiving only three rushes, and not seeing time in goal line packages with the exception of third down. Washington fumbled the opening kickoff, and though the Jets recovered the coaches may have opted to keep the ball in Jones' hands on a rainy afternoon.
2007 Week 15 vs NE (4 / 57 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)
Leon Washington rushed four times for 59 yards, including an impressive 49 yard burst that he broke off on the Jets second drive of the game. He was also able to catch three of his four targets for nine yards.
2007 Week 16 vs TEN (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
The recently named MVP of the Jets had a slow day as he accounted for only seven total yards by air and land. He carried the ball once for five yards and added two yards receiving, catching both of his targets from Pennington.
2007 Week 17 vs KC (11 / 67 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
Washington had another solid relief effort and showed his versatility as he recorded 116 total yards of offense rushing, receiving, and passing. In his relief of Thomas Jones, Washington carried the ball 11 times for 67 yards and caught three of his five targets for 13 total yards. It was on a third down play to start the second quarter, where Washington lined up as the quarterback and was able to hit rookie wide out Wallace Wright for a 36 yard pass play.
2006 Week 1 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rookie Leon Washington returned two punts for a total of seven yards, but saw no action in the running game.
2006 Week 2 vs NE (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rookie Leon Washington had one carry for no gain. He returned one kickoff for 23 yards.
2006 Week 3 vs BUF (7 / 25 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 52 / 0 rec)
Washington saw his most extensive action of the season and was a key factor in the game. His second quarter 47 yard catch and run set up the Jets' first touchdown. On the play, Washington caught a short pass and flashed some speed. Two sharp cuts resulted in two missed tackles. After a facemask penalty was added to the end of the play, New York had and a first down at the Bills' three yard line. Washington was also in the running mix with seven carries for 25 yards for a 3.6 yard average. Though hardly overwhelming numbers, Washington's quickness provided a noticeable lift to New York's anemic running game. Washington had a 13 yard catch and run called back by a penalty. On the play, he danced around (a la Barry Sanders) to create some daylight and made something out of nothing.
2006 Week 4 vs IND (9 / 33 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
After a very productive game, last week, Washington was given a special package of plays for this week's game. He carried the ball nine times for 33 yards and converted a key fourth down and one play with a three yard run, after he made a Colts' defender miss him completely in the backfield. Washington was credited with an eight yard reception on the final play of the game. On the play, Pennington hit him with a short crossing route. Washington then pitched the ball to Brad Smith. After seven additional laterals, the play finally ended when Washington was unable to handle a pitch from center Nick Mangold. Washington made a costly mistake on the Colts' final kickoff return. Martin Gramatica squibbed the ball. Instead of letting momentum carry the ball into the end zone, Washington picked it up at the goal line and was forced to try a return. By that time, the coverage team had swarmed downfield and tackled Washington at the two yard line, leaving the Jets 98 yards away from the end zone with only 47 seconds to play.
2006 Week 5 vs JAX (23 / 101 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Washington had a career game, rushing for 101 yards on 23 attempts. His 101 yards more than doubled the output by any other Jet ball carrier this year. Likewise, Washington's 19 yard gain is easily the Jets' longest run of the season so far. He was stopped just short of the goal line on an fourth down and one play. Washington's speed has given the anemic running game some life and may have taken control of the number one position on the depth chart. Washington chipped in one reception for eight yards.
2006 Week 6 vs MIA (11 / 58 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington was the leading rusher on the ground, picking up 58 yards on 11 carries. Most of that yardage came on the opening drive of the second half. Washington carried six times on that drive for a total of 42 yards, including three first downs and two runs of over ten yards. He later added three more carries in the fourth quarter for 13 yards, but no first downs. The Jets had difficulty trying to hold on to the ball in the second half and chew up the clock, and this was one of the main culprits. Neither Washington nor RB Kevan Barlow could consistently get a first down.
2006 Week 7 vs DET (20 / 129 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Washington was easily the star of the game. He had several gaping holes opened for him by the offensive line, but more than anything Washington made plays. He was very shifty and showed nice elusiveness running inside, but he also showed a nice burst when turning the corner outside. He got all of the significant carries, including red zone touches and the carries when the Jets were trying to run out the clock late in the fourth quarter. His first touchdown was a strong run from the five yard line, and his second was a nice display of balance as he tip-toed the sideline to get into the end zone. One must keep in mind the fact that this was all accomplished against the Lions defense, but Washington certainly looked like a legitimate feature back in the game. On that note, it would be shocking if Washington didn't get a chance to be "the man" in the featured role until/unless he can't handle it. If Washington is available in your league for whatever reason, make sure he doesn't remain a free agent for very long. Washington lost three yards rushing on after a penalty negated the play.
2006 Week 8 vs CLE (15 / 51 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington had a long run of eleven yards on the afternoon, and averaged 3.4 yards per carry, though did not catch a pass on the day. Washington had just one touch on third down in this game, which played a part in the 38% third down efficiency by the Jets. Washington lost a key fumble inside his own ten in the third quarter, at which point the Jets trailed 17-3, and fell behind 20-3 shortly thereafter.
2006 Week 10 vs NE (9 / 35 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
Washington carried nine times for 35 yards. He also caught a couple of very short passes that gained one total yard. Most of his carries came in the second half when the Jets switched up the running style from Barlow's tough running to Washington finesse runs.
2006 Week 11 vs CHI (13 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Washington started the game but Barlow was in on the second play. Washington had seven carries that went for no gain or negative yardage. He had 13 carries for 22 yards including a 16 yard run early on in the game. Washington also caught one pass for seven yards.
2006 Week 12 vs HOU (5 / 17 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Washington got the start but like the other New York running backs, he was ineffective too. He had just 17 yards on five carries. He caught both passes thrown his way for a total of seven yards. Washington was bailed out by Brad Smith in the first quarter when he fumbled at the Texans' 15 yard line. It was his only red zone attempt, and could be why Cedric Houston was in the game for the short touchdown run.
2006 Week 13 vs GB (7 / 40 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Washington got the majority of his carries in the fourth quarter when the Jets were trying to kill the clock; however he was able to break a 20 yard run for a touchdown, which ruined the Packers' momentum and iced the game for the Jets. He was also targeted twice in the passing game and caught both of his targets.
2006 Week 14 vs BUF (7 / 55 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 28 / 0 rec)
Washington started the game at tailback, and finished with a career-high in targets and receptions. Pennington frequently looked to him as a dump off options out of the backfield. Washington led the team in total yards (83) and was the more productive back on the ground, averaging 7.9 yard per carry.
2006 Week 15 vs MIN (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Washington ran once for five yards in the second quarter and added two inconsequential carries in the third quarter.
2006 Week 16 vs MIA (6 / 26 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 108 / 0 rec)
Washington was the starting running back for the Jets with Cedric Houston inactive, but he did not get the bulk of the carries. He turned a shovel pass into a 28 yard gain on the Jets' third possession and had an 11 yard run up the middle on the following drive. Washington was not a factor in the running game in the second half, but he had two big gains in the passing game. The first was a 20 yard reception on third down and it kept alive the Jets' only touchdown drive of the game. With under two minutes remaining, Washington caught a short pass and broke free for a 64 yard gain to put the team in range for the winning field goal. He ended the game with four catches for 108 yards. His only other target was thrown away by Pennington and was not catchable.
2006 Week 17 vs OAK (15 / 53 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Washington started the game at running back, but saw most of his late game carries go to Cedric Houston. This wasn't much of a surprise as the Jets have gone with multiple backs for most of the game. Washington did have a nice 15 yard scamper for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He led the Jets in rushing.
2006 Week 18 vs NE (11 / 50 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)
Washington never really got into the flow running with the football, and was far more effective (relative to number of touches) in the passing game. Thirty of his fifty yards on the ground came on back-to-back runs in the third quarter, meaning his other nine carries resulted in just 20 yards over the course of the entire game. That led to an inability to sustain many drives and really made things difficult in the red zone for the entire offense. No other running backs saw significant action.