Leon Washington RB TEN Jul 02 '12

Leon Washington is expected to serve as the Seahawks' undisputed change-of-pace back.

Marshawn Lynch and rookie Robert Turbin are both early-down pounders. With Justin Forsett gone, Washington has at least the third-down job to himself. He's averaged an impressive 4.7 yards per carry during his six-year career.

Leon Washington RB TEN May 09 '121 Comment

The Seahawks have "penciled in" Leon Washington as their third-down back for 2012.

Beat writer Eric Williams is assuming free agent Justin Forsett won't return, and allows that Tyrell Sutton could compete for the passing-down gig. Marshawn Lynch is Seattle's early-down bellcow, with rookie Robert Turbin backing him up. Washington has the most explosiveness and held up well as a pass blocker last season, so he's the heavy favorite for third-down work over Sutton.

Leon Washington RB TEN Nov 20 '11

Leon Washington carried the ball six times for -3 yards in Sunday's win over the Rams.

Given his second most carries of the season, Washington could do nothing against the league's worst run defense. Expect Washington to remain invisible outside of special teams going forward.

Leon Washington RB TEN Oct 24 '116 Comments

The Seattle Times confirms that Leon Washington is the Seahawks' preferred option in one-back sets when Marshawn Lynch (back) is out.

Washington started over Justin Forsett in Week 7, carrying seven times for 39 yards and adding four receptions. Forsett got eight touches. Forsett's per-carry average (2.5) is way down from past seasons, and he's clearly fallen to third on the depth chart. Washington is the preferred handcuff for Lynch.

Leon Washington RB TEN Aug 19 '11

Coach Pete Carroll is increasing Leon Washington's offensive reps in preparation for a bigger role this season.

"We love him," said Carroll. "We love what he does, but think he just needs reps in this zone scheme that we're running and so he can show us where he's special and unique in our stuff." Washington was limited to return duties last season by design, as Carroll wanted to ease him back in after reconstructive leg surgery. Washington figures to be used as a change-of-pace back, cutting into Marshawn Lynch's receptions and Justin Forsett's snaps.