Washington saw a season-high 39 defensive snaps in Thursday's loss to the Jets, logging a career-high five tackles to go with one pass defensed.
The Bills traded starter Marcell Dareus before this game, while Washington saw a modest snap increase in his stead. However, the Bills use a rotating system for their two DT spots, and there are other players who have proven adept this season, so it's not like Washington is going to be given full-time starter's action. Still, some were starting to write off his career following a third-round selection in 2016, so this is a step back in the right direction.
Washington did not register any defensive stats in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay during 27 defensive snaps.
The 2016 third-rounder can't get a starting role in his second season, and while he's part of the defensive line rotation the team has used effectively all season, his numbers pale in comparison to some of the other defenders. Through six games, Washington's logged just six tackles and is still looking for his first sack.
Washington was found not guilty of July allegations for improperly carrying a concealed firearm, Mike Rodak of ESPN reports.
It's unlikely Washington receives any punishment from the league office either.
Washington recorded one tackle in 26 snaps during Saturday's preseason loss to the Ravens.
Washington's back seemed to hold up well Saturday. The 2016 third-rounder is entering the season as the top backup at defensive tackle but could have trouble improving upon a 21-tackle rookie campaign if he can't hold off Jerel Worthy for playing time.
Since Washington wasn't among the players coach Sean McDermott listed as out or questionable for Thursday's preseason game in Philadelphia, we imagine the second-year lineman will be suiting up.
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