Darius Reynaud's confidence eroded quickly, and Mike Munchak said it was the reason the Titans cut him after seven games. Damian Williams didn't even have a game-and-a-half to establish any confidence. Devon Wylie appeared to lack it entirely.
As a two-time Pro Bowler, Washington walked into the building and brings a credibility to the return game that special teams simply haven't had this year.
Asked if he's still got it, he said: "Oh yeah, I got it."
"I'm a coachable player, I'll listen to Coach Nate [Kaczor], whatever he needs me to do I'll get it done," Washington said. "I've talked to some guys already and let them know how seriously I take special teams. I don't do special teams just to be in the game. We're trying to win the game on special teams."
Washington's 8,002 combined kickoff return and punt return yards rank fourth among active players, behind only Josh Cribbs, Darren Sproles and Devin Hester. Washington has a 556-yard lead on the fifth guy on that list, Ted Ginn Jr.
While Washington has returned eight kickoffs for touchdowns, he's never scored on a punt return.
The Titans don't need him to. Simple good decision-making will be a giant upgrade.