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2012 Stats (Rushing): 23 carries, 83 rushing yards, one touchdown
2012 Stats (Kick Returns): 27 attempts, 784 yards (29 average yards per attempt), one touchdown
2012 Stats (Punt Returns): 41 attempts, 356 yards (8.7 average yards per attempt)
2012 Must-See Video: Leon Washington's 98-yard return touchdown against the Dolphins
More Must-See Video: This terrific interview with him, in which he discusses his admiration for Tom Brady and the Patriots
Pros: Deadly on special teams. He has eight kickoff-return touchdowns in his career (tied for the most all time). The Patriots, ranking No. 25 in kickoff returns (21.2 yards per attempt) last season, will benefit enormously from Washington's presence.
Cons: Washington is 30 years old, which means his considerable ability as a returner has an expiration date somewhere on the horizon. Shouldn't be an immediate issue, though.
The Skinny: Washington's a smart guy with a vibrant personality. He fills major needs in the leadership department and the return department. It's about time he joined the Patriots.
Projected 2013 Stats (Rushing): 30 carries, 88 rushing yards, two scores
Projected 2013 Stats (Kick Returns): 30 attempts, 805 yards, one touchdown
Projected 2013 Stats (Punt Returns): 38 attempts, 466 yards, no touchdowns