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 Post subject: I miss Leon Washington
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On a game binge from last year while using NFL Gamepass in Copenhagen. Leon Washington was a HUGE weapon for us last year. The game winning drive against the Patriots was setup by a Leon return to the 50.

Game after game he eased the workload on the offense reducing drives by 10-20 yards. I think the step forward of RW and the full-offeseason will overcome this (see 97 yard drive versus Bears), but we will still miss him.


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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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Leon is the first thing I thought about after Harvin's injury/surgery. I hope our special teams doesn't take a huge step back, but, yikes... This could prove to be very costly. Fingers crossed...


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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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We haven't played a game yet and ya miss him?

I liked the guy too but not quite that much.

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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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Yes indeed, Leon was money. He gave us good field position a LOT. An all-around great guy and teammate as well...

The return game for me is a question mark, until I see who is going to fill in.

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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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Same. First thing I thought about after losing Harvin besides just plain ol' "that really sucks" is us losing Leon because of him. We could have kept him if we wanted but didn't feel the need due to us replacing one of the best punt returners for the best punt returner. Let's hope Tate, Michael, or someone else can fill the shoes halfway decently.

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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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They needed a roster spot for the young guns that will actually run the ball too. I will not miss him, I will remember him fondly.


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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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You could always count on Leon to give 110%, awesome guy to have on the team. Great attitude, lead by example, etc.

Much respect for Leon Washington, period.

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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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Much Respect to Leon. He was relatively cheap, extremely effective and almost never hurt! You will be missed!

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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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We haven't played a game yet and ya miss him?

I liked the guy too but not quite that much.


I could miss him the second after we traded him and there would be nothing strange about that. That man was a weapon.


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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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Once GODdell changed the kickoff rules, it took away a HUGE weapon for a lot of teams.

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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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Hitler Goddell

Seems like a bit much...

Leon was getting cut regardless of the Harvin trade. The Hawks needed his roster spot.

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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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Hawkfan77 wrote:
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Hitler Goddell

Seems like a bit much...

Leon was getting cut regardless of the Harvin trade. The Hawks needed his roster spot.


One man pushed the world into a war that killed 50 million and murdered 6 million jews, the other outlawed spinning a football and fined Marshawn Lynch for wearing Skittles cleats. Me thinks you may have overstated a touch.


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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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I'll miss Leon the returner as much as anyone, but the RB room is beyond full with talented young horses. I'd hate to have to part ways with a Robert Turbin or Spencer Ware in favor of a 30+ y/o Leon Washington.

Leon was all world as a returner last year don't get me wrong, but we have multiple guys who could probably return at a pretty high level besides Harvin (who would have been pretty close to Leon's equal IMO). Off the top of my head... Golden Tate, Earl Thomas, Walter Thurmond and Christine Michael would all probably be phenomenal at it while, Doug Baldwin, Jeremy Lane, Will Blackmon and Winston Guy could probably be pretty serviceable returners. It sucks not having Leon anymore, but there just wasn't room. And as others have said, moving up the kickoffs really marginalized what Leon does for us. We were paying him a lot of money to basically take a knee in the endzone...

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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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falcongoggles wrote:
Hawkfan77 wrote:
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Hitler Goddell

Seems like a bit much...

Leon was getting cut regardless of the Harvin trade. The Hawks needed his roster spot.


One man pushed the world into a war that killed 50 million and murdered 6 million jews, the other outlawed spinning a football and fined Marshawn Lynch for wearing Skittles cleats. Me thinks you may have overstated a touch.


Me thinks this board doesn't much understand hyperbole...

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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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Oh geez, it was a stupid nickname I heard someone say on the radio. There, I fixed it :?

Let me guess, I can look forward to 30 posts telling me that I actually like Hitler or something. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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Tate ain't no Leon.
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What are "hyper balls" and what does it have to do with this board?

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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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Much Respect to Leon. He was relatively cheap, extremely effective and almost never hurt! You will be missed!




Perhaps after two games or so.....Pete might be missing him , too!


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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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Oh geez, it was a stupid nickname I heard someone say on the radio. There, I fixed it :?

Let me guess, I can look forward to 30 posts telling me that I actually like Hitler or something. :roll:


Ahh... so I see you've been to the internet before...

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:)

I didn't mean anything by it. Oh well. Yesterday I was told I have a "sense of entitlement" because I commented on the Season Ticket Holder gift. :th2thumbs:

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 Post subject: Re: I miss Leon Washington
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:)

I didn't mean anything by it. Oh well. Yesterday I was told I have a "sense of entitlement" because I commented on the Season Ticket Holder gift. :th2thumbs:


Rough week. :thirishdrinkers:

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Yeah, I got my internet feelings hurt :mrgreen:

Oh well, the Hawks play tomorrow, all is good.

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I didn't mean anything by it. Oh well. Yesterday I was told I have a "sense of entitlement" because I commented on the Season Ticket Holder gift. :th2thumbs:


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I'm excited to see Christine Michael returning kicks tomorrow


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I'm excited to see Christine Michael returning kicks tomorrow


Is he even playing? Heard he had some kind of ailment yesterday :?

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I'm excited to see Christine Michael returning kicks tomorrow


Is he even playing? Heard he had some kind of ailment yesterday :?

Heard it on 950 around 3


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Is he even playing? Heard he had some kind of ailment yesterday :?

Heard it on 950 around 3


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I missed Leon when I read that we first cut him. I had hoped they would find a way to keep both him and Harvin because of Harvin's injury history.

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It was frustrating to see touchback after touchback last year. It takes aways such a huge part of the game.

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Michael and Turbin over Leon. Yes. Older guys will be phased out every year. Sad but necessary.

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Leon is one of the (still) the greatest returners in the history of the game. I, like everyone else, am very excited for the new guys to step up and and fill his shoes. However, the odds of that happening 100% are pretty low. He was one of the best. As a result, I was lamenting the maybe 5-10 yards of field position the offense will have to overcome that Leon automatically gave us.


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I love me some Leon too, but we have playmakers up and down this roster. I'm sure Pete and company will fill the spots with the right guys.. Can they replace Leon? who knows, but sometimes change isn't always a bad thing. maybe a new star will emerge..

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Leon is one of the (still) the greatest returners in the history of the game. I, like everyone else, am very excited for the new guys to step up and and fill his shoes. However, the odds of that happening 100% are pretty low. He was one of the best. As a result, I was lamenting the maybe 5-10 yards of field position the offense will have to overcome that Leon automatically gave us.


That's the trouble, it wasn't automatic anymore, not on kickoffs (where Leon made his money). It was automatically a touchback. Same number of games played, his returns went from 57 in 2010 to 27 in 2012. yes, part of that is having a much better defense that didn't give up as many TD's, but another huge part was him having to take a knee most of the time.

With bringing in Harvin, who could be just as good as Leon, there was no point in burning a roster spot and saying goodbye to a young stud RB with potential (and nobody had any reason to believe Harvin would get hurt). Not for 20-something returns a year. Dude was making a ton of cheddar and didn't really give us a whole helluva lot in return (because he didn't have many opportunities to make returns).

We were lucky to have him when we had him, but he didn't make any sense anymore. not for $3m/yr when the the only thing he did was return kicks.

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I honestly don't know how anyone can miss the guy when we haven't played any games yet. We have no idea if there is suddenly a hole on the team that didn't get filled.

Too early to miss him.

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I can't believe somebody would keep Spencer Ware over Leon. Spencer Ware? What has Spencer done in the NFL to warrant this? He's struggling and may not even be a part of the 53 man roster. Derrick Coleman is ahead of him on the depth chart. Who's Derrick Coleman? Having Harvin lessened the loss of Leon but now that Harvin is not there (at least for most of this year), there is a bigger concern of what the impact is to ST. Leon was stud on ST, that's hard to replace. Even with the crazy rules on kickoffs, Leon made the most of it. Patriots are a lucky team to have signed him.


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At camp I saw a lot of punts returned by Christine Michael and Tate. I hope they don't use Tate. His job is not really expendable now. But PC tends to use a lot of high value starters on special teams. I'll bet we see Michael doing it this evening

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The thing about Leon that you just don't much out of returners is that he was clutch. When there was a stagnant game, or a game where we needed a big return, he made game-changing plays. I know, it is pretty seldom where a big return isn't a game-changing play, but he just had a knack for timing.

I also believe he was underused out of the backfield. The one season here that he got the ball fairly consistently, he ran for over 5 YPC.

Say it is too early or whatever, but I miss him. I was a huge fan, even in his Jets days. I'm sure whoever we put back there will do fine, but I have to think his loss will rear its head on the scoreboard a little at some point.

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I can't believe somebody would keep Spencer Ware over Leon. Spencer Ware? What has Spencer done in the NFL to warrant this? He's struggling and may not even be a part of the 53 man roster. Derrick Coleman is ahead of him on the depth chart. Who's Derrick Coleman? Having Harvin lessened the loss of Leon but now that Harvin is not there (at least for most of this year), there is a bigger concern of what the impact is to ST. Leon was stud on ST, that's hard to replace. Even with the crazy rules on kickoffs, Leon made the most of it. Patriots are a lucky team to have signed him.


Well, first off... pre season depth charts mean precisely dick all. Second, Harvin made Leon redundant. Full stop. 3rd, Leon sucked as a running back. Face it, he does. He couldn't beat Justin Forsett on the depth chart for crap sake (the regular season one).

I agree with you that ditching Leon in favor of Spencer Ware or Derrick Coleman is hella stupid, but not when you have Percy fricken Harvin in place to return kicks. Mike Rob turned 30 this year and is in the final year of his contract. I'm not expecting Mike to be crazy expensive, but remember we're heading into a time where we need to re-sign Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Russell Okung, Golden Tate and a slew of others PLUS having RW's re-up on the horizon, MRob's $3m/per contract might not get done in favor of Ware's $600k and $2.4m of extra cap space. Fullbacks seem to take a little while to "get it", so a year of development for young Mr. Ware might see a somewhat seamless transition from MRob to Ware as FB.

As I said, without Harvin in the fold none of it makes sense, but we DO have Harvin and at the time had no reason to believe he would miss any time. Keeping Leon around would just be an extra body kicking around camp (and dead men walking can't be good for morale) AND it would have severely limited Leon's ability to have a successful year somewhere else. P&J knew what was up, so they did what was best for everyone and let Leon go. That's what good franchises do.

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I can't believe somebody would keep Spencer Ware over Leon. Spencer Ware? What has Spencer done in the NFL to warrant this? He's struggling and may not even be a part of the 53 man roster. Derrick Coleman is ahead of him on the depth chart. Who's Derrick Coleman? Having Harvin lessened the loss of Leon but now that Harvin is not there (at least for most of this year), there is a bigger concern of what the impact is to ST. Leon was stud on ST, that's hard to replace. Even with the crazy rules on kickoffs, Leon made the most of it. Patriots are a lucky team to have signed him.


Although I don't think anybody is suggesting that, this is the kind of thing we see written all the time on .net, people suggesting Thurmond should be kept over Browner is the perfect example, but also people suggesting Harper could replace Rice etc (albeit in years to come).

It's absolute craziness to suggest given these players have little to no NFL experience, but the fans here seem to always be about the next big thing. I think landing Chancellor and Sherman in successive 5th rounds has skewed people's perceptions a little


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I have a terrible feeling we may end up wishing we drafted the Honey Badger. Not the sort I want in Hawk Blue, but I have a feeling the kid is going to make hay for Zona. OTOH, I wouldn't want to take him as high (no pun intended) as he went...so moot point, I am just saying I think he's going to turn some heads this year and won't be shocked if they're ultimately calling him one of the steals of this class.


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