Kansas City chief DeAndre Washington, who signed with the Chiefs offseason after four years with rival Oakland Raiders, spoke to the media via a conference call for the first time as a team member on Wednesday afternoon.
Here are five things that stand out from that call.
1. Washington is no stranger to Chiefs Kingdom, counting four trips to Arrowhead Stadium in his career as a member of the Raiders. He explained what it was like to play against Chiefs when called upon.
“This is a division match, so this must be one of those matches that when you are on the opposing team that you want to build, especially in the division. So, having the opportunity for the last four years to come to the Chiefs Kingdom and play against you is always an environment extraordinary, “Washington said. “The fans are always the best and make it a fun game. From my memory, it’s always fun playing against the Chiefs and something that I definitely look forward to when I’m in Oakland.”
As it turned out, the beginning of Washington’s first career actually happened against Chiefs in 2016. Four years later, he was a member of the red and gold team.
2. He is also familiar with quarterback Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes. In fact, the two of them played each other for two years at Texas Tech. Washington spoke of his past experiences with Mahomes on Wednesday.
“[It was] a kind of similar excitement [that it is now]. It’s kind of weird because when Pat came in, we had [Cleveland Browns’ quarterback] Baker Mayfield and another quarterback named Davis Webb at the time. So, it was quite intense watching the three men at the training ground, “Washington said.” You know, one goes to win the Heisman and all three are finally recruited, so it’s a good feeling to be able to play with all of those people. That’s very interesting. Pat does a number of things that you cannot practice. Being able to play and experience that during college is definitely a pleasant experience. “
That is also productive. In two years with the NFL MVP finally, Washington made 3,308 offensive yards and 20 goals.
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