On Leon Washington, Titans' new returner

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Thigh and ankle injuries meant Leon Washington played just two games for New England this season.

When they needed to create a roster spot last week for an extra cornerback to face the Broncos, the Patriots released the veteran return man.

The Tennessee Titans are hoping he can help them settle down on special teams, and he should be on the field with them Wednesday when they begin preparations for Sunday’s game in Indianapolis.

He tweeted his excitement.

Mike Reiss who covers the Patriots for ESPN recently traced Washington’s football journey.

Reiss said the Patriots gave Washington $360,000 to sign during the offseason.

“I think he is a great signing for return-needy team,” Reiss said. “Bad luck this year. He’s a professional guy who has played in some big games.”

ESPN’s resident scout, Matt Williamson, doesn’t watch special teams tape.

"Washington’s reputation is still quite strong,” Williamson said. “Top 10 type returner. I would say.”

There is little doubt a healthy Washington will be a better option than the guy he's replacing was. Devon Wylie was cut to make room for Washington.