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PFW: Washington Should Get a Lot More Touches

From: Pro Football Weekly

Seldom does a team’s starting running back get selected as a Pro Bowl starter and questions remain as to why its No. 2 back is playing so little. That’s the situation confronting the Jets. Behind the bullish style of Thomas Jones, Leon Washington has been relegated mostly to special teams recently, getting just four carries the last three games, two of which were losses.

That wouldn’t be considered a problem if the offense had been operating smoothly, but it simply hasn’t been up to par. Of players with at least 60 carries, only the Patriots’ Kevin Faulk’s 6.2 yards per carry average exceeds Washington’s 5.9. Although there’s a school of thought that his size (5-8, 200 pounds) would make him ineffective in an expansive role, Washington’s drawn comparisons in build and explosiveness to Maurice Jones-Drew, who’s thrived in a more prominent role for the Jaguars.


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