Raiders RB DeAndre Washington sees height as advantage

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.”







Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Rik/Jarhead

    “Charlie don’t surf “

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Because hyperbole and over reaction is the offseason norm…

    aka. it was a joke.

  • Rik/Jarhead


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    Move down, move down!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    But I got to put you down for a while…

  • Gdog

    At least once a week! Here is what should have been said (Which is politics 101:)

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  • FriskiesR8R

    Melania can see the Ukraine from her childhood home

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Rivera reps are second string.

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    Ego and insecurity…bad combination.

  • FriskiesR8R

    Low T, saw it on TV

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I knew a one eared llama named Avalanche.

  • BigTed707

    “Oakland’s solid 18-46 record and failing to sniff the playoffs within his tenure”
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  • Rik/Jarhead


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    Just keep finding people to criticize him that are morally untouchable

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    Yup… Mix in narcissism and being an authoritarian and you have the perfect mix of a typical banana republic dictator.

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  • Gdog

    I thought it tightened up a lot.. haven’t seen any polling lately though.

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  • RAY NJ

    Very scary.

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    Milo Venus lost both her arms in a wrestling match

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    does he have a man rack?

  • FriskiesR8R

    Polls out tonite

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    Mack, where you at? Handle this MOFO.
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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    She still won.

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    11 points. Jeez one, don’t make crud up, its all about honesty, credibility and responsibility in here

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    Everyday Watson stays healthy and starts is a day closer to RRS changing his moniker to.
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    And the Ukraine can see all of Melania from her childhood… in the Max Magazine spread from ’98.

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    Pic? Link, sordid personal description?

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    Che(z) Donald?

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    let them say what they want, right now we honestly cannot argue with them, but we will have our day again soon. Byt the end of the season the streak will be a thing long in the past. The way Reggie has built the team, we will be competing well into 2020, and with any luck, a SB or two somewhere in between.

  • FriskiesR8R

    Tone more mocking, here just care too much, subtle but different

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  • SaintKaufman

    Gabe taking out 2 guys!! TD!


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    Got a call about a loose llama, and we were the only ones they could find.
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  • Ronin559
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    Cryspyn Irishh and
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    34% untrustworthy in the latest polls says she is “touchable” its just donald is a far worse choice per the american people

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    Same tone here when it comes to Reggie. Ask Guest123

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    Melania on air force one with Michelle

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    You have billionaires calling him clueless and a jaggoff, you have generals and soldiers speaking out and saying they won’t vote for him.

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  • The Puig era seems over in LA.

    Drank himself out of what should have been a superhero run.

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    That will be a great day. What are the parameters of the bet and who’s it with?

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    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien 2h2 hours ago
    Justin Ellis getting first team reps at #Raiders camp. Jack Del Rio says “Right now Jelly’s ahead of Dan (Williams)”. Says still early tho


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    There’s really no need to even talk about Trump anymore. Let him do all the talking and watch him destroy himself in the polls. It’s actually great to watch, like a suicide bomber detonating before he reaches his target.

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    Unfortunately, I think he’ll be gd


    Wasted talent..

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    Long day… Wiped out, yo.

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