Leon Washington is Pete Carroll's New Reggie Bush—Literally
New Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has the Seahawks looking like a brand new team in only a few short months since accepting the job that marked his return to the NFL coaching ranks after a decade of dominance coaching at USC.
Not only is Carroll amassing an impressive roster, but he has reunited with his former Trojan bruiser LenDale White, who had slimmed down nearly 20 pounds, and looks to pound the rock in 2010.
Also, Carroll succeeded in adding running back Leon Washington from the New York Jets in a draft weekend trade.
Washington's addition makes him the new Reggie Bush in an offense that will most likely resemble the same running attack, that had both White and Bush running around—and through—USC opponents.
Washington is the new Bush for Carroll and the following are reasons why this comparison may actually occur.
Washington is Elusive
Just as Bush is elusive, Washington is in his own right, as he's able to break tackles and make defenders miss. This will allow him to gain extra yardage once his breaks into the open field.
Washington Can Catch Passes
Just as Bush can be deadly in the passing game, Washington can either line up as a slot receiver, or catch screen passes. The versatility will cause defenses headaches on game day.
Washington Can Stretch the Edge
Washington may not be a prototypical running back in between the tackles, but let him run a sweep to the outside and turn the corner, then he can become a threat to break a long run.
Washington Has Game Speed
Just as Bush can turn up the speed on game days, Washington does exactly that same.
That same speed will set him apart from White, who will pound the ball straight at would-be tacklers, whereas Washington will just outrun them.
Washington Can Return Punts
Again, just as Bush can return punts, Washington poses a threat on special teams, and will make the coverage team miss tackles on nearly every return.
Washington is a Weapon, Plain and Simple
No matter where he lines up on the field, defensive coordinators will have to account for Washington, and defenses will have to make adjustments to properly cover Washington, who is a weapon on offense just as Bush is.
Washington is a game-breaker, and the Seahawks needed to add playmakers to their roster this offseason. He fits the bill perfectly.