Jets Hire Leon Washington As Special Teams Assistant

Another former player is returning to the Jets. Former All-Pro kicker returner Leon Washington is returning to Gang Green to become a special teams assistant.

The Jets drafted Washington in the fourth round out of Florida State the 2006 NFL Draft. He turned out two be a two-time Pro Bowler (2008,2012) and one-time first-team All-Pro (2008). 

During his career, Leon Washington played for the New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, and New England Patriots.

In his career, Washington ran for 2,271 yards and 16 touchdowns. In addition, he recorded 1,286 yards. Washington also recorded 7,553 yards and eight touchdowns off of kick returns, that being tied for an NFL record alongside averaging 25.9 yards on 292 attempts.

He is tied with Cordarrelle Patterson and Josh Cribbs for career kickoff return touchdowns with eight. Washington was also a Second Team All-Pro in 2010.

He also established franchise records for kickoff return touchdowns, kickoff return TDs in a season, along with most all-purpose yards in a season.

After Washington participated in the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship with the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars, he was with the Detroit Lions from 2019-2020 as apart of the team’s William Clay Ford Minority Assistantship Coaching Program. Washington also assisted the team on the offensive side of the ball and in the weight room as well.

Leon Washington will hopefully have a great influence on the special teams unit.

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