The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have re-signed running back Dwayne Washington. The announcement was made by Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Originally selected in the seventh round (236th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions out of the University of Washington, Washington has appeared in 46 career games for the Lions (2016-17) and Saints (2018-19) with two starts, carrying 145 times for 523 yards with one touchdown, catching 13 passes for 82 yards, recording nine special teams tackles, deflecting a punt and recovering a blocked punt.
Since signing with New Orleans in 2018, the Lakewood, Calif. native has been a core contributor on special teams, while also performing in the running game when called. He has played in 29 games for the Saints, carrying 35 times for 214 yards (6.1 avg.) with a six-yard reception, adding five special teams stops, a deflected punt and a blocked punt recovery. In 2019, he played in all 16 games, carrying eight times for 60 yards (7.5 avg.) and catching a six-yard pass, while recording three coverage stops and deflecting a punt early in the first quarter of a Dec. 16 Monday night win over Indianapolis to flip possession.
Washington, 6-1, 223, played three seasons for the Huskies, carrying 226 times for 1,311 yards (5.8 avg.) and 17 touchdowns and catching 41 passes for 411 yards and four scores.