The Saints kept four running backs and one fullback on the roster. Dwayne Washington seemed to be on the outside looking in, but the team opted to cut short their receiving corps instead, likely due to Alvin Kamara’s injury history.
Washington saw time in all 16 games for New Orleans last season. Offensively, Washington wasn’t used often, but his value was there as a special teamer. Washington played in 64% of the team’s special teams snaps.
The Saints added Ty Montgomery this offseason.
Montgomery can play both running back and receiver, one reason the team was able to retain just five receivers on their 53-man roster. Sadly, that meant high-potential players like Emmanuel Butler couldn’t quite make the cut.
Washington, 26, will be a useful player on special teams, but I wouldn’t expect him to be used much elsewhere. Murray will take over if Kamara gets hurt, and Montgomery will be in the mix if something were to happen to Murray.
The team obviously still likes Washington’s potential.