RB Dwayne Washington - New Orleans Saints

6-2, 226Born: 4-24-1994College: WashingtonDrafted: Round 7, pick 2016

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2018 Week 17 vs CAR (11 / 108 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Saints are starting to look like the Broncos from the 90's. It seems like you can put any warm body behind that offensive line and they have a chance to run for more than 100 yards. Washington hit that mark on just 11 carries this week and it was the first 100-yard game of his career. It was a rough start for the third year back, but he got things going in the second half with a 28-yard rush to help setup the Bridgewater touchdown pass. He was not targeted in the passing game at all this week. The Saints lacked any true identity on offense this week, but Washington was the most heavily featured player. It may have been mop up duty in a meaningless game, but Washington proved he has some value going forward in his young career.

2017 Week 1 vs ARI (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dwayne Washington functioned as the goal line and short yardage back in replacing Ameer Abdullah. He converted a short third down with additional linemen in the formation, and ran through contact at the second level. Washington served as the kick returner but misplayed a short kick creating bad field position for the Lions. Assuming he continues in the kick returning role, Washington is locked into the short yardage and goal line role as Detroit's third running back ahead of Zach Zenner.

2017 Week 2 vs NYG (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dwayne Washington was limited on the game to only three carries for 9 yards. Washington did replace Ameer Abdullah in the red zone, where he saw two of his three carries. After badly misplaying a kickoff in week one, Washington was not used on kick returns. He was the clear third back in the backfield, and limited to short yardage and goal line situations.

2017 Week 8 vs PIT (6 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Dwayne Washington saw time spelling Ameer Abdullah in the regular offense, including working on third down in pass protection. However, his primary role in the offense was in the goal line package. Washington saw four carries inside the five-yard line, but managed only six yards on those carries and did not score. When healthy this season, Washington has been locked into the short yardage and goal line role in the offense.

2016 Week 1 vs IND (2 / 1 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Washington carried the ball twice in the game, both from the half-yard line. On first down, Washington took the carry and went nowhere as the Colts stacked up the short yardage play. However, on second down, Washington got the ball and ran with power behind his pads and got into the end zone for the touchdown.

2016 Week 2 vs TEN (4 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Washington carried the ball four times in the game, and all of those carries came after Abdullah went out with his foot injury. He displayed his foot speed and a nice blend of quickness and balance as he took a delayed draw play for 28 yards off left tackle. On another carry with nowhere to go, he simply took what the defense gave him, not dancing in the backfield or trying to bounce the play outside. The carry went for four yards, but coaches will like the mentality of the play. Washington missed a cutback lane on one carry and on another he did bounce it outside on a second down play needing two yards for a first down. This was a poor choice as he could have easily taken a few yards to get the first down, instead putting the Lions into a third down situation. Washington is an intriguing add if Abdullah is out for any length of time as the offense will integrate specific looks to get him more involved.

2016 Week 3 vs GB (10 / 38 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)

Washington carried the ball 10 times in the game, and it was evident immediately that Washington is more suited to handle the ball as a traditional running back over the smaller, shiftier Riddick. Riddick's early carries went nowhere and Washington's first carry went for nine yards. He's a bigger back, and he didn't require as much immediate room as Riddick. He displayed a strong north/south mentality as he hit the hole quickly and gave the Lions a dimension they didn't have with Riddick in the backfield. On a shotgun draw play, he displayed a nice blend of quickness and balance with a touch of wiggle to make a defender miss in the hole, gaining five yards. Half of Washington's carries went for five yards or longer, and that kind of running will get him on the field more and more, especially with Riddick not being suited to that kind of role. Washington was targeted once in the passing game on a little flare out to the right side of the field, but Packers linebacker Jake Ryan made a very strong play out in space, negating Washington and forcing a three yard loss.

2016 Week 4 vs CHI (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Washington was limited in this game by an ankle injury and touched the ball only three times in the game. He caught one pass (eight yards) and carried the ball twice (one for five yards and one for one yard) in this contest. Washington is a viable alternative as a between the tackles runner to running back Theo Riddick as he is much better in space and as a pass-catching option.

2016 Week 9 vs MIN (10 / 26 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Washington is a tough, downhill runner with a second gear but he wasn't able to get anything going in Week 9 against a tough Vikings defensive front. He has 10 carries and only managed to total 26 yards, but lost in those numbers is how physical he ran with the ball and how much effort he showed on those runs. Washington had no room to run and most of his carries ended within a yard or two of the line of scrimmage. However, two runs stand out and they'll be played in the film room for the Lions this week. Washington took a carry on the left side and was initially stopped but kept his feet moving while staying low behind his pads and churning his legs. Center Travis Swanson got behind him and kept pushing him and Washington ended up with an eight-yard gain. These plays are as critical to what the Lions do on offense as they are extremely successful when the running game puts them in good down and distance. The passing game is built for short throws and good runs on first down really help to move the chains. The second display of Washington's effort came on third-down play needing a yard for a first down. The Lions asked a tight end to come across and block defensive tackle Linval Joseph, but Joseph beat the blocker and couldn't find the ball and the tight end got into Washington's way behind the line of scrimmage. Washington smoked the tight end and flattened him before taking the ball for two yards while getting the first down. Washington did a good job getting north and south right away without losing yardage while dancing to find room to run and the took everything the defense gave him.

2016 Week 11 vs JAX (13 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Washington did a good job getting north and south right away without losing yardage while dancing behind the line of scrimmage to find room to run and the took everything the defense gave him. However, the Jaguars gave him almost nothing throughout the entire game as he had 13 carries and only totaled six yards. There were multiple times when Washington would get buried behind the line of scrimmage immediately after getting the handoff. Six of Washington's carries went for negative or no yards, and he really had no room to run at all the entire day. Washington's longest run went for four yards as the Jaguars size and quickness up front prevented him from having any room to operate at all. Jaguars linebackers Paul Posluszny and Telvin Smith had very good games and did a great job of shutting down plays before they started. Defensive tackle Abry Jones, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and safety Jonathan Cyprien also had a hand in shutting down the Lions skill position players. Washington was targeted twice in the passing game, one going for eight yards and another going for seven. Washington has a little wiggle to his game and can make defenders miss without slowing or having to gather himself and he displayed that on both of the screen passes he caught.

2016 Week 12 vs MIN (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Washington runs very hard and generally takes everything the defense gives him but the game flow didn't call for much usage from him in this game. He had only five carries that went for 19 yards with a long of eight yards. He finished his runs behind his pads with aggression and effort, but he missed a cutback lane that might have led to a big run in the game, running into a pile and gaining two yards. He also had a bad snap in pass protection, whiffing on a block that led to a pressure at a critical time in the game.

2016 Week 13 vs NO (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Washington continues to run with great effort and generally runs behind his pads and that allows him to fall forward for that extra yard instead of being stopped in his tracks. The Lions didn't give him much room to operate and he was limited as a ball carrier until he went out with an injury early in the third quarter. Washington had seven carries and all were tough carries where he fought for every yard he gained. His longest run went for five yards and he totaled 21 yards running the ball in this game. Washington was targeted twice and both catches were effective in helping the Lions to move the chains. He caught an eight-yard pass when Stafford was heavily pressured and another on a crossing route while covered by a linebacker for 11 yards.

2016 Week 14 vs CHI (16 / 64 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Washington ran with great effort on Sunday in somewhat of a featured role as a running back. The Lions offensive line had a hard time in the first half and could not create any room to run and Washington only registered 14 yards on five first half carries. He ran hard and tough but the Bears defensive linemen and linebackers id a solid job of stopping him with nowhere to run. Things changed immediately in the second half as Washington hit the Bears for runs of 5 yards and followed that up with a seven-yard gain, and then another three that went for five yards. He went for 50 yards in the second half on 11 carries showing nice patience and some lateral wiggle to make defenders miss in the hole. Washington had four red zone touches in the game, two coming on carries and two coming on receptions. Washington's red zone reception in the first half was a nice play that showed his explosiveness and power to finish runs behind his pads. He caught the ball on a short slant and went to the ground but got up before he was touched and pushed the pile for another four yards to get a critical first down. He was targeted late on the game on an out route but the ball was thrown a touch low and behind him and it fell incomplete.

2016 Week 15 vs NYG (14 / 31 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Washington ran with great effort again in this game but the Lions made almost no attempt to get him to the edges of the defense. Most of his runs went between the tackles and they weren't very effective as he was stuffed over and over with nowhere to run. Washington's first carry went for 12 yards which turned out to be the longest run of the day, and he followed that up another run off left tackle that went for four yards. Then he had seven carries that went for no more than two yards with most going for one yard or no gain. The story of the day for Washington was that he was running into Giants defenders at his feet near the line of scrimmage and he really had little opportunity to make those plays bigger than they were. He did look hesitant and indecisive at times and there were a few cutback lanes he missed as he dropped his eyes instead of showing good field vision to see the cutback lanes. He was targeted four times but two were thrown away because of pressure. Washington caught a two yard pass where he was a safety valve and then a seven yard slant where he was tackled right away. Overall, it was a tough day for Washington.

2016 Week 16 vs DAL (7 / 22 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Washington wasn't utilized early in the game but he was put on the field when the Lions went to their hurry up look in the second half, and that's when he got the majority of his work. He did have a red zone carry in the first half and he missed a very big cutback lane as he could have easily had a rushing score from the Dallas one-yard line. He took the carry and ran it into a pile of bodies and was tackled for no gain. Washington is big and explosive, but at times he will drop his eyes and miss holes and that leaves yards on the field. He ran with great effort again in this game but the Lions made little attempt to get him to the edges as most of his carries went into the middle of the line. He did have a nice run in the second half that went for nine yards on a stretch run to the left side of the line. Washington had seven carries that went for 22 yards total and he was targeted twice, both in the screen game. He dropped one pass that would have gone nowhere and caught the other late in the game that went for four yards.