As Leon Washington was speeding the length of the field – twice – on kickoff returns Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks had every right to wonder what the New York Jets were thinking when they traded the outstanding running back/kick returner for a fifth-round draft pick.
And when Anquan Boldin was making three catches in the end zone for Baltimore, the Ravens could be excused for planning to send the Arizona Cardinals a sweet thank-you note.
Washington hasn’t caught a pass this season – he was a standout third-down back for the Jets – and has only 11 rushes for 29 yards for Seattle.
But on kickoff returns, as the Chargers learned in Seattle’s 27-20 victory, there’s no catching Washington. He tied an NFL record with his two TD returns, good for 99 and 101 yards, and is averaging 46.3 per runback. The highest average for a season is 41.06 by Travis Williams of Green Bay in 1967.
“I’m a talented enough football player to play football; I was born to play football. I just go out every week and work hard and know eventually good things are going to happen,” Washington said.
“Anquan Boldin showed today why we wanted him to be a Raven,” coach John Harbaugh said Sunday after Boldin’s eight-catch, three-touchdown performance in a 24-17 win over Cleveland. “He’s our kind of guy. He played (how) we want to play.”
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the sports newsletter
Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.