The New England Patriots signed former Texans wide receiver Nate Washington on Thursday , according to reports.
Washington is a 11 year veteran in the NFL and a 6’1, 185 pound outside wide out.
Washington puts me in the mind of someone who can be a Brandon LaFell (Year One) type wide out for the team. He offers nice size, the ability to get deep and run routes. He’s similar to Chris Hogan, the other outside wide out, and Washington will add nice depth to the team.
Washington can get separation even though he’s not the fastest guy, and run really nice routes and finds the right spot to get open more times than not, which makes me think he will fit right in with the Patriots.
To me, it is much more important to add wide outs with good hands who can run routes more so than be a great deep threat considering the Patriots depend more on great route running. But, having someone like Washington who has the ability to get deep with be nice for Tom Brady to hopefully make the defense honest on the deep ball.
Nate Washington was signed by the Steelers as a undrafted free agent in 2004 before spending six seasons with the Titans from 2009-2014.
His best season was in 2011 when he played in all 16 games for the Titans, catching 74 passes for 1,023 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Washington caught 47 passes off of 95 targets last year with the Texans for 658 yards and 4 touchdowns.
That’s not half bad for a guy on a team with major QB woes and DeAndre Hopkins on the other side commanding most of the passes.
I really like Washington, but time will tell how things will pan out for Nate Washington in Boston.