Monday, June 17, 2013

Washington won't get specific on role with Pats


Leon Washington won't disclose exactly what the New England Patriots plan to do with him.

Sounds like he's a true Patriot already.

"We don't want to get into specific roles, you know how that goes," Washington told ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss last week. "But I'll tell you what, I'm going to go out there in training camp and compete and try to show myself on the football field. (photo: GMO66, Flickr)

". . . That's what the 'Patriots Way' has always been about, guys coming in, being selfless, and trying to help the team win football games."

Washington was a heck of special-teamer with the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks, amassing eight kick returns for touchdowns in seven years. That's his big ticket to being a regular contributor in 2013, especially with returner project Jeff Demps shipped off to Tampa Bay.

The 5-foot-8 veteran does have some value out of the backfield, too, having rushed for 2,213 yards and 16 scores while totaling 1,127 yards and two touchdowns receiving in his career. Washington was signed following the departure of fellow former Jet Danny Woodhead, so he could be viewed as the replacement for Woodhead's humble role.

"I know I can carry the ball out of the backfield, I know I can catch out of the backfield, and I'm also a returner," Washington said, "so I look forward to going out there and helping this team winning football games any way I can."

If Washington is to get on the field offensively, he'll have to prove his worth alongside fellow reserve backs LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden, who are also fighting for playing time behind starter Stevan Ridley and 1b tailback Shane Vereen.

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