RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The New York Jets may be Leon Washington's former team, but to the Seahawks' dynamic kick return specialist, they're just the next team in Seattle's way.
Sunday's matchup with the Jets will be the first time Washington will square off against his former team since he was traded to Seattle in 2010.
In his first season with Seattle, Washington returned three kickoffs for touchdowns as the Seahawks special teams unit became among the best in the league. With the new kickoff rules implemented a season ago, Washington has had fewer opportunities to impact a game. Kickoffs being moved up to the 35-yard line have led to more touchbacks and fewer return opportunities.