Jarret Johnson of Raider Power took time to talk with Silver & Black Report about the Raiders newest running back.
Johnson on what DeAndre Washington brings to the offense:
He's an all-around back despite his relatively small frame. He's a shifty runner between the tackles who is rarely brought down by the first or second defender, he's an excellent receiver out of the backfield and possesses the versatility to line up in the slot and at least threaten a defense with his speed which is not elite but above average for running backs. He's also worked himself into a very good pass blocker and was usually the one to call blitzes and help organize protection at the line of scrimmage after helping young quarterbacks for most of his career.
On how Washington compliments Murray:
Yes, while like I said, he's not top shelf in terms of high-end speed, he's in the next tier, has impressive acceleration and is shifty enough to be a guy who can make a living on the perimeter.
Washington's ability to catch the ball out of the backfield:
He does an excellent job of setting up blocks in the screen game. If used properly he could really be a weapon at the next level in that capacity.
On Washington's small build and if it affects his game:
No, he's one of those guys who possesses a power which is hard to believe given his frame and his performance at the combine with 23 reps on the bench bares that out.
His pros and cons on the field:
There isn't much not to like about Dre's game. He is the first Texas Tech running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season the 1990's and he did it in consecutive seasons to wrap his career. He's tough, durable, reliable, productive and smart. The only knock would be he doesn't posses elite high-end speed, but he is still very fast.
Any other info about Washington:
Of all the players I have covered at Texas Tech in the past three years DeAndre Washington would be the guy I'd recommend to NFL GMs first despite other players being drafted ahead of him in his time. As I mentioned before he can do it all on the field, but it's his intangibles which really puts him over the top. Tech leaned on him at the end of last season and he carried the team to big wins over Kansas State and at Texas to end the regular season. In those two games combined he rushed 55 times for 421 yards and five touchdowns. He was also one of the undisputed team leaders, one of the better locker room guys you'll ever find and is renowned for his work ethic. Home run pick by the Raiders. Fans are going love Dre.
Johnson also wanted to include the following little statement about Washington:
Note: This video/story says it all about Dre. This is the first and will likely be the only time I ever publish an ode to any athlete I cover at any level. And this (LINK) was published BEFORE the gut-check performances in the final two games I referenced above.