The Chiefs and Washington agreed to a one-year contract Wednesday, Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports reports. In four seasons with the Raiders, Washington found it difficult to hold down a regular role, averaging 14.7 offensive snaps per game in 55 appearances. Overall, he averaged 4.0 yards per carry while hauling in 88 of 110 targets (80 percent), so he may be able to vie for reps on passing downs. First, though, he'll have to contend for reps with Darwin Thompson and Darrel Williams (hamstring) behind starting running back Damien Williams.
Washington rushed for 77 yards on 17 carries and caught eight of nine targets for 55 yards in the Raiders' 16-15 Week 17 loss to the Broncos, ultimately finishing the 2019 campaign with 108 rushes for 387 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 36 catches for 292 yards on 41 targets in 16 games. Washington took over the workhorse role out of the Raiders' backfield for three of the team's final four contests while rookie Josh Jacobs was sidelined by a nagging shoulder injury. The former amassed a collective 50 touches throughout the last two games, especially rewarding fantasy owners in PPR formats with the eight-catch Week 17 performance. Jacobs' absence allowed Washington to prove himself worthy of additional opportunities as he'll be hitting the market as an unrestricted free agent in 2020.
Washington is expected to act as the Raiders' lead option out of the backfield Sunday against the Broncos with Josh Jacobs (shoulder/illness) listed as doubtful for the contest. While Jacobs was sidelined for the second time in three games in the Raiders' 24-17 win over the Chargers in Week 16, Washington stepped into a featured role, logging a career-high 23 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown and adding two receptions for 21 yards. Jacobs is likely in line for another absence after failing to practice this week, setting the stage for Washington to once again pace the Oakland backfield while Jalen Richard looms as a change-of-pace alternative. Washington should dominate the carries if the contest is reasonably competitive, though he could lose out on work to Richard if the Raiders fall behind early and are forced into a pass-happy game script.
Washington carried the ball 23 times for 85 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 16 win over the Chargers. He also added two receptions for 21 yards. Washington received 23 of the team's 29 total carries in the absence of Josh Jacobs (shoulder). Though he didn't produce many chunk gains -- his longest rush went for 13 yards and came on the final play of the game -- Washington managed to surpass 100 total yards for the second time in his career. Jacobs has yet to be ruled out for the team's Week 17 matchup against the Broncos, leaving Washington's potential role in flux.
Washington rushed six times for 16 yards and caught two of three targets for six yards in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Jaguars. Coming off a productive Week 14 where Washington posted 96 yards from scrimmage, six receptions and a score while Josh Jacobs (shoulder) was out, Washington resumed a depth role with Jacobs back in the fold Sunday. Jacobs was a bell cow, turning 26 touches into 109 yards while Washington and Jalen Richard were left with the scraps. Coach Jon Gruden said Jacobs' shoulder is still an issue, so Washington remains a serviceable handcuff for this Sunday's matchup against the Chargers, who have allowed 4.1 yards per carry this year.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|4||10/04||New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|5||10/11||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|8||11/01||New York Jets||9||14.50|
|11||11/23||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|12||11/29||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|15||12/20||@New Orleans Saints||4||13.24|
|17||01/03||Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|3 Year Avg||65||218||2||24||166||0||47|