KANSAS CITY, Mo. — DeAndre Washington is happy to be joining the Kansas City Chiefs, despite the changes in the backfield.
“Prior to making my decision, I felt like coming to Kansas City was a great opportunity for me," Washington said, "even before they drafted the back, Clyde [Edwards-Helaire], I think he’s a great back. But, you know, obviously as the game goes, guys are going to roll, it’s a long season so definitely a lot of opportunities for everybody to eat."
During the off-season, Washington joined the Chiefs from the Oakland Raiders on a one-year deal. Washington isn't the only former Raider who will suit up in red at Arrowhead Stadium. Washington played with Kelechi Osemele, another addition to the Chiefs roster.
“You know, Kelechi is one of my favorite lineman I’ve ever played with hands down," Washington said.
Since Washington's signing, the Chiefs added Edwards-Helaire in the 2020 NFL Draft and also lost Damien Williams after he announced he was opting out of the season.
Rolling with the changes, Washington said he's working to find his role on the team.
“I think with Coach [Andy] Reid, his offense, he’s shown plenty of times that he knows how to get playmakers the ball," Washington said. "sS I’m looking forward to making my plays when I get my opportunities."
Washington has been in this position before. After working with running back Josh Jacobs in Oakland, he said he's giving the same advice to Edwards-Helaire.
“Both I feel like are great backs, both have great strengths to their game," Washington said, "and my experience with Josh last year and the same thing I told Clyde is, 'It’s a long season, just take care of your body,' and you know, guys are going to roll and you know, guys are going to get their reps."