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Raiders RB DeAndre Washington sees height as advantage

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Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington says his height enables him to hide behind linemen.(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington says his height enables him to hide behind linemen.(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA _ Running back DeAndre Washington had solid day Sunday on the first padded practice of training camp for the Raiders.

Washington, a fifth-round pick out of Texas Tech, had some nice inside runs, broke his biggest play on a screen pass from Matt McGloin and was fielding punts in the No. 2 position, right behind third-year player TJ Carrie.

In a manner similar to Maurice Jones-Drew, who had his biggest seasons with Jacksonville under Jack Del Rio, the 5-foot-8, 204-pound Washington sees his height as a positive rather than a negative.

“Being a smaller guy works in my favor,” Washington said. “Being behind those big guys, especially when you put those pads on, it makes it kind of hard to see me. It’s definitely a good feeling when I can hide and do my thing behind those guys.”

At the NFL scouting combine, Washington said he talked with Jones-Drew and got some valuable advice.

Washington gained 1,492 yards on 233 carries at Texas Tech, averaging 6.4 yards per attempt with 14 touchdowns, and also caught 41 passes 385 yards and two scores in his senior year.

His career showed a steady progression, each year better than the one that preceded it.

With the Raiders, the hope is Washington teams with Latavius Murray for an additional running threat. Quarterback Derek Carr was the second-leading rusher on the NFL’s 28th-ranked running game a year ago.

“We both bring different skill sets to the table, so I think it makes it a little bit harder to game plan for opposing teams,” Washington said. “I’m looking forward to working with him and making plays with him.”

Washington looked comfortable fielding booming punts against Marquette King, although there were no coverage units chasing him at the time. Washington said he had experience with punt returns in college, although not as much in the latter two years as his role as a running back increased.

However, his college stats show only one punt return for zero yards in 2011, with seven kickoff returns that same freshman year for 131 yards.

Regardless, it doesn’t matter to Washington how he’s utilized as long as he gets the ball in his hands.

“I just want to showcase my versatility, whether it’s offense or special teams, wherever they need me,” Washington said. “It’s been fun bouncing around a little bit.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Fugazi

    He’s got a drinking problem? I thought it was just his mouth and lack of hustle

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    There’s always a lot of talk man… remember when People thought Carlos Francis and Johnnie Moran were gonna be the next Moss, or when Franz Joseph was gonna be the next Greg Beikert?

  • r8dercain

    Menelik stays healthy all season

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    I so want him to finally remain healthy… when he has played he’s played well.

  • SB3

    I’m slow today, “gd”?

  • Looks like the Reddick trade pissed off Pig, or meant Puig

  • FriskiesR8R

    No, tweaked with trade rumors and reddick acquisition

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Many hours yet.

  • jesusraiderjim

    That is a tough bet. Will suck if he misses one week but plays well all season

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Hayden did it when Oak said it wasn’t possible.
    Could happen.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    How’s your plan to move going breh?

  • jesusraiderjim

    TRUTH!!!! Just gotta listen to it for now. The only cure is winning, and MORE COWBELL

  • BigTed707

    I predict that the dirt infield, and last seasons losing record, will effect the 2016 Raiders chances of winning exactly 0%.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Not sure what time zone Reno is in.
    GMT?

  • FriskiesR8R

    Yes, he just a hater, predominent sentiment more yearning than hate or snarky

  • Dan78

    Is he going on at Twitter rant..

  • Major liquor issues.

    Been a few public issues, a DUI, the fight with his sister at the club, hungover for games.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    LOL… compared to your zone it’s very different. 😉

  • FriskiesR8R

    I wanna buy the coli, kick out As, keep the infield all season, including play offs

  • Fugazi

    Wow, I didn’t know about that. Stick a fork in him, he’s done

  • BigTed707

    Hard to say – they have no clocks.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Most are.

  • FriskiesR8R

    Horse pucky jfb

  • R8der4evr

    A’s ownership is a disgrace, a new ballpark at that site won’t solve the attendence. Can’t say it enough….
    Howard Terminal for the AAA’s

    VIVA Oakland Raiders

  • SaintKaufman

    FML, where is FMY??

  • Fugazi

    Whoa

    Yasiel Puig did not travel with the Dodgers on Monday when they flew to Denver for a three-game series against the Rockies.

    Puig, 25, stormed off after arriving at Dodger Stadium and being informed that he would either be traded or sent to the minors, according to major-league sources.

    He was not traded before the non-waiver deadline at 4 p.m. ET, but the team’s immediate plan for him is unclear.

  • Dan78

    Mark said he doesn’t care if Raider Nation is divided… 3 and gone..

  • R8der4evr

    BYOB

  • This is the only blog I comment on, but ,I’m sure he’s going to engage somewhere

  • PlunkforHOF

    House is on the market. Trying to get rid of stuff.

  • R8der4evr

    God Elle hasn’t spoken
    He WILL

  • MEX_GHOST

    New post guys !!

  • PlunkforHOF
  • jesusraiderjim

    LOL “The PURVIS Zone”

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    No one cares, though.

  • R8der4evr

    Oh you all will

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Picture a zone where…

  • FriskiesR8R

    Tru date, camp notes

  • Dan78

    Goodell works for the owners.. Owners haven’t spoken… Why do I think Goodell wants to get his own franchise in LA…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    We are the New Post Guys!

  • The owner may be running out of funds, it happens in blue states

  • R8der4evr

    Or a expansion team in LV

  • FriskiesR8R

    Digging tunnels to your compound whilst posing as fence builders

  • eastoaklandraider

    https://youtu.be/m50ShwNcTyE
    ——-

    This may be useful to some here

  • Dan78

    I can see that…

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Best of luck to you T.

  • Rik/Jarhead

    Lol always here dog ….