Tag:Leon Washington
Posted on: September 27, 2010 3:06 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 3:07 pm

F&R NFL Approval Matrix: Week 3

Posted by Will Brinson  

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at  NY Mag ), we present our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .

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Posted on: September 11, 2010 10:24 am
Edited on: September 11, 2010 10:27 am

5 Questions (or more) with Leon Washington

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

What Leon Washington has accomplished since he suffered a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula last year with the Jets is almost unfathomable. Despite an injury that could have ended his career and despite a trade from New York to Seattle that left him surprised and unsettled, Washington returned in the preseason with a big question mark attached to his name.L. Washington (US Presswire)

Could he still play at the same level? Of course, that won’t really be answered until Sunday when the Seahawks play host to the 49ers and Washington takes the field as a running back and kick returner. But it’s worth noting that in his second carry of the preseason, he used his speed to accelerate for an 11-yard TD run.

CBSSports.com caught up with Washington – a newlywed with a new lease on his career – two days before the next step of his journey.

1. CBSSports.com: People are talking about how great a comeback this is and what a feel-good story you are. Did you ever think this wasn’t going to happen? Did you think your career was in jeopardy?

Washington:  I don’t think I ever doubted. But I had questions about the injury and how to recover from it. It’s just such a rare injury in the NFL. You only had like six guys in the last 10 years who have had an injury like that. For a running back, with our agility and our speed, it’s tough to come back from that. Once I talked to the doctors, they said the knee and the ankle looked fine. They said as long you get healed up from the surgery, you should be fine.

The second day after surgery, I was in the hospital and doing quad sets and trying to start my recovery. I took that approach immediately.

2. CBS: I would ask, ‘What’s it like to be the new kid on the team,” but there are so many new kids, it wouldn’t matter. Half the 53-man roster wasn’t there last year. It seems like Pete Carroll has turned over the roster quite a few times. What was your reaction when you first heard you had been traded to Seattle?

Washington: At first, I was kind of shocked. It kind of came from nowhere. I sat down with my wife and said, ‘Baby, it’s Seattle.’ But I’m always watching the Discovery Channel and nature shows and know all that the Northwest has to offer. It’s really been an incredible place to live. I think other people underrate it.

CBS: Was it tough going from New York, the big city, and just abruptly, you’re being told to pack your bags for Seattle and having to adjust to a completely different lifestyle. Is it tough to deal with all that when you’ve been traded unexpectedly?

Washington: Not so much for me, but it was tough for my family. My wife has a lot of friends and connections in New York. I bounced back pretty quickly, but it was tough for her. I immediately came out here the next day after I was traded, but she was back in New Jersey and trying to take care of everything before we moved.

3. CBS: With so many new people on the team, how do you guys build chemistry with each other? Most of the guys have never played with each other.

Washington: It’s going to take a lot of camaraderie, because we have so many different dudes who came from so many different places. But coach Carroll is trying to make everybody feel comfortable around each other. They’re emphasizing enthusiasm and doing everything together. I’m probably speaking too fast, but this is probably the closest team I’ve been on. And I was in New York for four years.

CBS: Why do you say that?

Washington: Maybe it’s because I was younger in New York, and when you’re young, you tend to stand off to the side and watch. Now, I’m a little older, and I try to lead by example. You’re not in the big city anymore – you’re not in the Big Apple – but everybody here is an average Joe and I kind of like it.

CBS: Did you watch Hard Knocks? I’m wondering what that’s like, considering you know all those guys and were just with them last year.

Washington: To me, it’s funny. I know the guys, and when you’re watching the guys on television, the TV amps up everything. Watching that Hard Knocks is interesting, and it’s nice to come home and relax and watch it. But other than that, I’m not concerned about the Jets.

4. CBS: Where do you fit in as a RB on this team? It seems like you’ve slid up the depth chart, especially with the Julius Jones controversy on if he was being released and him having to take a paycut. What’s the rotation going to be like?

Washington: The best thing about our running back group is the group itself. So many guys do so many different things so well. Us playing together will definitely benefit us. You talk about Julius being in the league for seven years, and (Justin) Forsett can catch and run. Me, I can do some things, too. We’re going to take it as a running-back-by-committee approach. The hot hand will be out there. The guys on the sideline will be cheering him on.

5. CBS: So, how was your wedding last year?

Washington: It was great. It was awesome. We went down to the Caribbean, and we got married on the beach. There was a double rainbow. My wife loved it. And you know they say that a happy wife means a happy life, right?

CBS: Actually, I don’t know if you heard about this, but I accidently crashed your wedding. I was in Puerto Rico on vacation with my wife, we were at the pool at our hotel, and there was obviously a wedding going on at the beach. So, I walked on over in my bathing suit to watch. I watched the entire ceremony – there were probably 40 people on the beach just watching – and when the minister said, “And now I present to you, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Washington,” I thought to myself, “Man, that sounds familiar.”

Washington: Yeah, I heard about that. That was you?

CBS: Yeah, but because it was so out of context, I didn’t make the connection. Then, I got home and saw pictures on the Internet, and I told my wife, “That was the guy. That was Leon Washington.”

Washington: That’s awesome. That’s awesome.

CBS: But what I’ll always remember is you saying your vows, and at the end, you said, “And damn, Charity, you look off the chain today!”

Washington: That’s exactly what I said. And she did look off the chain.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: September 7, 2010 8:17 am

Seahawks backfield is tiny

Posted by Andy Benoit

Have we ever seen a backfield feature a trio of undersized scatbacks? The Seattle Seahawks’ running game in 2010 will be headlined by Justin Forsett, Leon Washington and Julius Jones. Forsett is 5’8”, 198 (and those are generous measurements). Washington is 5’8”, 203. Jones is 5’10”, 208 (but runs with the power and toughness of someone closer to 5’7”, 175).

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times recently reported that Forsett will get the start against the 49ers in Week 1. That makes sense. Washington is coming off a horrendous leg fracture as a Jet last season and has always been a return specialist and third down back anyway.

That makes the competition between Jones and Forsett, which is hardly a competition at all. Jones is one of the better draw play runners in the game, but he lacks the vision and agility to consistently create his own space in natural running situations. Forsett, on the other hand, is shifty and laterally explosive. Given the mediocrity of the Seahawks’ offensive line, it’s vital that the ballcarrier be able to conjure up daylight. Forsett can do that.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 5:11 pm

Julius Jones never actually got cut by Seahawks

Posted by Will Brinson

Well, this is odd -- we, along with everyone else, reported yesterday that Julius Jones got cut by the Seahawks. It made sense because he's too expensive and Justin Forsett and Leon Washington are both better.

Turns out, that wasn't exactly accurate; he actually restructured his contract in order to avoid getting released and is still a member of the Seattle team.

That's according to Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk who cites a league source that tells PFT that Jones was "never actually cut."

That means (I presume) that Pete Carroll chugged a Red Bull, called Jones into his office, told Jones how fantastic his offseason and preseason had been, informed Jones what an integral part of the offensive attack he'd be for Seattle and then gave him a hand pound and a pat on the back before adding the caveat that "only if you take less money."

Jones, understanding that he has a chance to actually get carries in Seattle, talked to his agent and figured out a way to stay on the roster while still getting paid a reasonable sum of money.

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 8:09 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 9:18 pm

Tony Richardson gets the ax(e)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

T. Richardson was cut today, though he could return to the NYJ after the first week of the season (Getty). If you didn’t know about Jets FB Tony Richardson before Hard Knocks began its latest run, you have learned about him the past month.

You’ve learned about his leadership, about how much he’s loved in the New York organization, about how much respect he’s earned as he was entering his 16th season.

None of that, though, saved the three-time Pro Bowler from getting cut today.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reported the news, and as the decision made its way around the Internet, many were left confused. Maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised, as Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News writes:

In a bit of eerie foreshadowing, GM Mike Tannenbaum intimidated in last week's episode of HBO's Hard Knocks that Richardson may be on his way out. In an exchange with Ryan, the GM specifically pointed out Richardson, WR Laveranues Coles and LB Lance Laury as three players whose salaries were above the veterans' minimum.

During that conversation, (Rex) Ryan went to bat for Richardson, one of the unquestioned leaders on the team. The coach told Tannenbaum that Richardson was an integral part of the Jets' ground-and-pound philosophy. Ryan pointed out how close the team was to the Super Bowl playing that smash-mouth style of football.

Now, Richardson is gone.

Another interesting point is that Ryan ripped into his team for a lack of leadership. Meanwhile, the Jets had cut ties with veteran leaders Alan Faneca, Thomas Jones and Leon Washington.

The Jets obviously lose another veteran by whacking Richardson.

The Jets could opt to bring him back after Week 1, meaning his salary wouldn’t be guaranteed throughout the season. But that’s not a definite either (another team could want him and sign him, Richardson might decide he’s through with football, the Jets might not want him back, etc.).

Either way, it’s a sad day for the people who got to know Richardson a little bit this past month.

UPDATE (9:16 p.m.): A quote by Tannenbaum on Richardson: “We appreciate Tony’s contributions and leadership over the past two seasons and have nothing but the highest respect for him as a person and as a player.”

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 5:57 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 7:23 pm

Busy day in Seattle

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Throughout the offseason, Seattle coach Pete Carroll has made news with his seemingly endless ability – and his desire – to turn over the roster. Now, the day after the NFL required each team to cut its roster to 53, the Seahawks continue to be mighty busy. 

The biggest roster shake up involves RB Julius Jones and his release from the squad. As the Seattle Times points out, he was the team’s leading rusher last year, but toward the end of the season, he had a problem with fumbling. In the offseason, the Seahawks signed Leon Washington from the New York Jets, but there were certainly concerns with how he’d recovere from a devastating knee injury.

Turns out, Washington is fine. And now Jones is gone.

But Jones was just one of many Seattle moves today.

DB Jordan Babineaux – who, like Jones, was supposed to make more than $2 million this season – has been a solid player the past five seasons for the Seahawks, and last year, he started all 16 games in what turned out to be the best season of his career. But Lawyer Milloy beat him out for the starting SS spot, and apparently, Seattle didn’t want to pay that much for a backup safety.

Among the other Seahawks that are moving addresses: FB Owen Schmitt, who likely is making room for RB Michael Robinson, and DT Kevin Vickerson.

And one last bit of news: according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Seahawks have replaced OL coach Alex Gibbs – who suddenly resigned Saturday – with Pat Ruel, formerly of USC.

UPDATE (7:21 p.m.):
The Seahawks also have been awarded CB Nate Ness off waivers from the Dolphins.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 9:25 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2010 9:27 pm

Leon Washington adds to his remarkable comeback

Posted by Andy Benoit
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Leon Washington is writing one of the most remarkable comeback stories of the season. After landing on Injured Reserve with a horrendous compound leg fracture with the Jets last season (you can view a clip here), Washington was traded to Seattle for a fifth-round pick. He returned to the field against the Packers last week. In that game, he had four carries for 19 yards and a touchdown, as well as a six-yard reception.

Saturday night, Washington wrote another chapter in his story by getting the starting nod against the Vikings. Justin Forsett and Julius Jones started the first two preseason games, though some are speculating that Washington is the favorite to win the competition and line up with the first unit September 12.

At halftime of the Minnesota game, Washington had 16 yards on six carries. He figures to be the leading candidate for kick return duties on Opening Day; his only kick return against Minnesota went for 23 yards.

Asked earlier in the week by the Seattle Post Intelligencer if he had something to prove, Washington said, "Not at all. I had to really come to a closure with that point, once that situation happened. Right now I'm just trying to out-do myself. If I can give my best, my best is good enough. That's the way I look at it.''

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 9:49 am

Hot Routes: No Favre here whatsoever

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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-Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com has a nice breakdown of how well the 49ersfirst-team offense and first-team defense played in their 15-10 win vs. the Vikings on Sunday. Most impressive on defense was LB Patrick Willis, who had four tackle on just nine snaps played. Most impressive on offense was QB Alex Smith, who completed 5 of 6 passes and completed all three of his third-down attempts on San Francisco’s opening drive.

-The Minneapolis Star Tribune is already looking forward to Saturday’s third preseason game against Seattle. It’s because, like most every team when it heads into the third exhibition of the year, the starters likely will play into the third quarter.

-San Diego allowed disgruntled Vincent Jackson to speak with Seattle’s representatives, but Michael Lombardi of NFL.com thinks that might have been a bad idea.

-With Rams QB A.J. Feeley injured, don’t be surprised if No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford gets the start in the team’s third preseason game Thursday at New England. Feeley is thought to have a sprained thumb, but he underwent an MRI Sunday to better determine the damage.

-With Michael Matthews turning his ankle in practice Sunday, the Bills are down to just one tight end . That lucky man is Jonathan Stupar. Expect Buffalo to take a look at the free agent market.

-Apparently, New York Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson loves playing in the preseason. I mean, he absolutely LOVES it . Which is probably news to everybody in the NFL.

-With the return of Patriots WR Wes Welker and Seahawks RB Leon Washington from gruesome leg injuries, Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated discusses Gale Sayers’ shot knees and the pain tolerance the Bears legendary RB has. Pretty awesome/gruesome stuff there.

-Cowboys S Gerald Sensabaugh will miss the rest of the preseason and his status for Dallas’ season-opener is in question because of a subluxation in his shoulder.

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