Dwayne Washington

Dwayne Washington

Running Back #36
Team:New Orleans
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 226 lb.
College:Washington
Age:25
Born:April 24, 1994
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 7 (236)
Draft Team:DET

Dwayne Washington: Could get some carries

Washington could have a role on offense with Alvin Kamara (ankle) out for Sunday's game in Chicago, Larry Holder of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Washington has played each of his 103 snaps on special teams this season, stuck behind Kamara and Latavius Murray in the backfield. Murray will handle the lead role Sunday, with Washington and Zach Zenner providing depth against a tough Chicago defense. Zenner just signed with the team Wednesday, so he's more likely to have an impact on special teams than anything else.

October 18, 2019 3:26 PM EST

Dwayne Washington: Puts in full practice

Washington (concussion/ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Luke Johnson of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Washington exited the Saints' third preseason game with a concussion and apparently picked up an ankle injury at some point in recent weeks, but his full activity Thursday suggests he's moved past both issues. The 25-year-old will enter the season third on the depth chart at running back, a role that won't afford him many offensive snaps while both Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray are at full strength.

September 5, 2019 2:13 PM EST

Dwayne Washington: Sustains concussion

Washington sustained a concussion in Saturday's preseason matchup with the Jets, Luke Johnson of USA Today reports.

Analysis: It's unclear how long Washington will need to recover and pass through the league's concussion protocol. The 25-year-old carried the ball eight times for 29 yards (3.6 YPC) before exiting the game. While Washington's sidelined, Jacquizz Rodgers seems to be the candidate to receive extra reps.

August 24, 2019 7:15 PM EST

Dwayne Washington: Uneven in preseason win

Washington carried the ball five times for 30 yards and failed to bring in his only target in Sunday's preseason win over the Chargers.

Analysis: While the 25-year-old led all Saints running backs with a 6.0 YPC on the day, he also committed a major gaffe in the red zone, letting a very catchable Teddy Bridgewater pass clank off his hands for an interception. Washington is currently the No. 3 RB behind Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray, but he can't afford too many more mental errors if he wants to keep that spot.

August 18, 2019 5:45 PM EST

Dwayne Washington: Battling for No. 3 job

Washington will try to fend off competition for the No. 3 running back job from Javorius Allen, Matthew Dayes and undrafted rookie Devine Ozigbo, Rod Walker of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Analysis: Washington is the incumbent, coming off a 2018 campaign in which he logged 173 snaps on special teams and 46 on offense in 13 games for the Saints. The highlight was an 11-carry, 108-yard performance against the Panthers in Week 17 when New Orleans rested most of its starters to get ready for the playoffs. The experience on special teams certainly helps, but Allen and Dayes probably can offer more in the passing game, while Ozigbo has more potential for development as a runner. This should be a fierce competition throughout training camp and preseason.

June 19, 2019 7:13 AM EST

Dwayne Washington: Limited role in 2018

Washington rushed for 173 yards on 27 carries across 13 games for the Saints in 2018.

Analysis: Washington averaged an impressive 5.7 yards per carry, but couldn't work his way into a larger role behind Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. His most impressive game was in Week 17, when he rushed for 108 yards on 11 carries. He'll look to carve out a larger role for himself with New Orleans in 2019.

January 22, 2019 11:20 AM EST

Dwayne Washington: Impressive in larger role

Washington ran for 108 yards on 11 carries during Sunday's 33-14 loss to Carolina.

Analysis: With nothing really to play for in Week 17, the Saints gave Washington a longer look and he didn't disappoint, gashing the Panthers for a handful of nice carries, including a 26-yarder at the end of the third quarter that set up a touchdown. The third-year back entered Sunday with just 16 carries in 12 games, but maybe Sunday's strong showing can lead to a modest supporting role in the playoffs behind Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.

December 30, 2018 2:59 PM EST

Dwayne Washington: Could be busy Week 17

Washington figures to have a major role Sunday against Carolina, but he won't necessarily get all the snaps at running back, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

Analysis: Washington is the only running back on the roster behind Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, both obvious candidates to be rested in a meaningless game. With Teddy Bridgewater already confirmed as the starting quarterback, it's best to assume Kamara and Ingram will either play sparsely or not at all. If the team doesn't sign another backfield option before Sunday's game, Washington could find himself handling a high-volume role, albeit in an offense that's also using backups at a number of other positions. For what it's worth, there's been chatter about the Panthers resting some key players before the end of Sunday's game, though they surely won't be as cautious as the playoff-bound Saints.

December 28, 2018 4:31 PM EST

Dwayne Washington: Three carries in blowout

Washington lost three yards on three carries in Sunday's win against the Eagles.

Analysis: Washington handled mop-up duties in a big Saints win for the second week in a row, though the third-string running back had less success than he did in Week 10 when he gained 47 yards on 11 carries. Almost exclusively a special-teams player, Washington is not a fantasy option so long as Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara remain healthy.

November 20, 2018 6:51 AM EST

Dwayne Washington: Effective in mop-up duty

Washington gained 47 yards on 11 carries in Sunday's win against the Bengals.

Analysis: Washington, who signed with the Saints in September, had been playing exclusively on special teams prior to Sunday, and all of his touches in Cincinnati came in the fourth quarter after the Saints had built a huge lead. Washington is third on the team's running back depth chart, but absent an injury to Mark Ingram or Alvin Kamara, he remains off the fantasy radar in most leagues.

November 12, 2018 7:58 AM EST

Dwayne Washington: Joins active roster

Washington signed to New Orleans' 53-man roster Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Washington joined the Saints' practice squad after being let go by the Lions at roster cutdowns. The 24-year-old had 110 carries for 309 yards (2.8 average) in two seasons at Detroit. Alvin Kamara has been the heavy workhorse with Mark Ingram suspended through Sunday's game against the Giants, and Washington's addition is unlikely to alter that significantly.

September 28, 2018 8:26 AM EST

Dwayne Washington: Heading to New Orleans

Washington has signed with the Saints' practice squad, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Washington was the odd-man-out of a crowded backfield in Detroit even after racking up 110 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown on 26 touches in Thursday's preseason finale. He'll now join the Saints' practice squad where he'll compete to join the active roster.

September 3, 2018 7:18 PM EST

Dwayne Washington: Cut by Lions

The Lions waived Washington on Saturday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: After missing a good portion of the preseason slate, Washington racked up 110 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown on 26 touches Thursday, but the outing wasn't enough to secure a spot on the 53-man roster. The 2016 seventh-rounder will now look for employment elsewhere, whether it's via the waiver system or on a practice squad.

September 1, 2018 10:27 AM EST

Dwayne Washington: Produces in preseason finale

Washington gained 67 yards and one touchdown over 20 carries during Thursday's preseason finale against the Browns. He also secured six of seven targets for 43 receiving yards.

Analysis: Washington dominated touches out of the backfield once Zach Zenner (back) exited the game, and the young running back wound up being one of the few bright spots for a Detroit team that was thoroughly outplayed by Cleveland all night. However, it may have been too late for Washington to make a case for a roster spot anyway as the Lions seem highly unlikely to carry five tailbacks on the active roster during the regular season. With that said, Thursday's performance is good tape for teams to have on the 24-year-old, who may have shown enough to potentially land a new contract elsewhere sooner than later.

August 31, 2018 8:36 AM EST

Dwayne Washington: No action Friday

Washington (undisclosed) did not appear in Friday's preseason game against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The Lions have yet to reveal what sort of injury has kept Washington sidelined the past couple of weeks. Regardless, the running back is a longshot to make the 53-man roster at this point and it's possible he could be waived and sent to IR before long.

August 27, 2018 3:26 PM EST

Dwayne Washington: Doesn't practice Thursday

Washington wasn't present for the Lions' walkthrough Thursday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The details behind Washington's absence aren't known, but it's likely he's dealing with an undisclosed injury. If that's the case, Washington could be withheld from the Lions' second preseason game Friday against the Giants, denying the running back an opportunity to impress the coaching staff while he remains in a tight battle for a roster berth. Washington seems to be competing with LeGarrette Blount and Zach Zenner for one spot as a bigger, short-yardage back.

August 16, 2018 7:16 AM EST

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