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 15   Kelley Washington   WR
  Height: 6-3   Weight: 215
  Year: 6   Yrs/Pat: 2
  Acquired: UFA(CIN)-07
  School: Tennessee
  Born: Aug 21, 1979    

Career Transactions

Kelley Washington was signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2007 ... Originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round (65th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft ... Placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury (12/15/06).



Career Statistics

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Career Highlights

GP/GS (Playoffs): 68/6 (3/0)

  • Washington was a core member of the Patriots' special teams units in 2007, finishing second on the team with 18 special teams tackles.
  • Washington blocked a punt against the New York Jets on Dec. 16, 2007, recording the Patriots' first blocked punt since 1999.
  • Washington joined the Patriots after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals (2003-06). He played in 44 games with six starts for Cincinnati and caught 72 passes for 893 yards (12.4 avg.) and nine touchdowns.
  • In 2006 with the Bengals, Washington played in five games with one start and caught nine passes for 115 yards (12.8 avg.) and a touchdown.
  • Washington played in all 16 games with three starts as a rookie in 2003 and caught 22 passes for 299 yards (13.6 avg.) and a career-high four touchdowns. That season, he caught a career-long 51-yard touchdown pass in a game against Pittsburgh.
  • In 2004, Washington set career highs in receptions (31) and receiving yards (378) while scoring three touchdowns. His total receptions and total receiving yards both ranked third on the team that season behind only Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
  • Washington played in seven games in 2005, catching 10 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.


2008 Season

2008 (10/0/0/6):  Led the team in special teams tackles once (vs. STL) and tied for the team led twice (vs. KC, at OAK) in 2008.

Kansas City (9/7):  Played in reserve at wide receiver and on special teams coverage and return units in the Patriots' 17-10 win ... Tied for the team lead in special teams tackles with two ... Made one reception for three yards.  at N.Y. Jets (9/14):  Played in reserve on special teams coverage and return units in the Patriots' 19-10 win at the Jets.  Miami (9/21):  Inactive.  at San Francisco (10/5):  Inactive.  at San Diego (10/12):  Inactive.  Denver (10/20):  Inactive.  St. Louis (10/26):  Returned to action in the Patriots' 23-16 comeback win over the Rams ... Tallied a team-leading two special teams tackles.  at Indianapolis (11/2):  Played in reserve on special teams coverage and return units against the Colts ... Made one special teams tackle, bringing down Colts punt returner Marvin Harrison at the 9-yard line after just a 2-yard return off Chris Hanson's 64-yard punt.  Buffalo (11/9):  Played in reserve at wide receiver and on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 20-10 victory over the Bills.  N.Y. Jets (11/13):  Played in reserve on special teams coverage and return units against the Jets.  at Miami (11/23):  Played in reserve on special teams coverage and return units in the Patriots' 48-28 victory over the Dolphins.  Pittsburgh (11/30):  Inactive.  at Seattle (12/7):  Inactive.  at Oakland (12/14):  Played in reserve on special teams coverage and return units in the Patriots' 49-26 victory over the Raiders ... Set the tone for the game, tackling Justin Miller after just an 11-yard gain, hemming the Raiders in at their 7-yard line ... Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles.  Arizona (12/21):  Saw action in reserve at wide receiver and on special teams coverage and return units in the Patriots' 47-7 victory over the Cardinals.  at Buffalo (12/28):  Played in reserve on special teams coverage and return units in the Patriots' 13-0 victory over the Bills.



2007 Season

2007 (14/0/0/2):  Saw action in 14 games in 2007... Tallied a season-high five special teams tackles, including two unassisted tackles while making his Patriots debut Sept. 9... Tied for the team lead with three special teams tackles in the Patriots' 56-10 win over the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 18... Finished second on the team with 18 special teams tackles and tied for the team lead in solo special teams tackles with nine in 2007.

at N.Y. Jets (9/9):  Saw limited action in reserve at wide receiver... Led Patriots special-teamers with five tackles (2 solo). San Diego (9/16):  Did not register a reception in the Patriots' 38-14 win over the Chargers... Played on special teams coverage units and notched a special teams tackle.  Buffalo (9/23):  Inactive.  at Cincinnati (10/1): Inactive.  Cleveland (10/7):  Played in reserve at wide receiver in the Patriots' 34-17 win over the Bengals, but did not record a reception... Led all Patriots' players with three special teams tackles (1 solo), including a thundering hit on the Browns' Josh Cribbs to stop the kickoff returner for a gain of just 16 yards.  at Dallas (10/15):  Played in reserve at wide receiver and on special teams coverage units in the Patirots' 48-27 victory over the Cowboys... Did not record a reception... Chipped in on special teams with one solo tackle.  at Miami (10/21):  Played in a reserve role at wide receiver and on special teams coverage unit in the Patriots' 49-28 win over the Dolphins.  Washington (10/28):  Played in reserve on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 52-7 win... Made one special teams tackle.  at Indianapolis (11/4):  Saw action in reserve on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 24-20 comeback win over the Colts.  at Buffalo (11/18):  Played in a reserve role on special teams coverage unit in the Patriots' 56-10 win over the Bills... Tied for the team lead in special teams tackles with three.  Philadelphia (11/25):  Played in a reserve role on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 31-28 win over the Eagles... Made one special teams tackle.  at Baltimore (12/3):  Saw action in a reserve role on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 27-24 win over the Ravens... Stopped Yamon Figurs after just a 9-yard gain on a kickoff return in the first quarter.  Pittsburgh (12/9):  Played on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 34-13 victory over the Steelers... Tallied one special teams tackle.  N.Y. Jets (12/16):  Played in a reserve role on special teams coverage and return units in the Patriots' 20-10 win over the Jets... Recorded the Patriots' first blocked punt since 1999, slapping down Ben Graham's punt in the second quarter, and setting up the Patriots' possession at the Jets' 3-yard line... Downed a first-quarter Chris Hanson punt at the Jets' 3-yard line... Made one solo special teams tackle.  Miami (12/23):  Saw action on special teams coverage and return units in the Patriots' 28-7 win over the Dolphins.  at N.Y. Giants (12/29):  Played on special teams coverage and return units as the Patriots became the fourth team in NFL history to finish its season undefeated in a 38-35 comeback victory over the Giants... Made one special teams tackle, dropping R.W. McQuarters for no gain after a fourth-quarter Chris Hanson punt.

2007 Postseason (3/0/0/0):  Jacksonville (1/12):  Played on special teams coverage and return units in the Patriots' 31-20 win over the Jaguars... Made on special teams tackle while dropping Scott Starks after just a 2-yard gain off a reverse on a fourth quarter kickoff return.  San Diego (1/20):  Saw action on special teams coverage and return units in the Patriots' 21-12 win over the Chargers in the AFC Championship Game... Saved a second-quarter Chris Hanson punt from skipping into the end zone with an athletic play at the goal line, batting the ball back to Kyle Eckel, who downed the punt at the Chargers' 4-yard line... Made one special teams tackle.  N.Y. Giants (2/3):  Played in a reserve role on special team coverage and return units in Super Bowl XLII.



2006 Season

2006 Season (Cincinnati Bengals): Played in only seven games last season, but stayed ready during five-week stretch on inactive list and had his best game when called into action for division-clinching win Dec. 18 at Detroit … Had 10 catches for 101 yards and 1 TD on the year.



2005 Season

2005 Season (Cincinnati Bengals): Played in Games 1, 5-8, and 14-15 … Inactive for the other nine games, and for Wild Card playoff … Had his first receptions of the season Oct. 9 at Jacksonville, going 2-for-30 … Had two catches for 13 yards Oct. 16 at Tennessee … Had four catches for 48 yards Dec. 18 at Detroit, including TD catch in which he outfought tight coverage at goal line for an 18-yarder that gave Bengals a 10-0 first-quarter lead … Did not play in final two preseason games due to hamstring strain.



2004 Season

2004 Season (Cincinnati Bengals): Saw action in all 16 games for the second of his two NFL seasons, and was credited with starts in Games 12-13 as offense opened in 3-WR set … Finished third on team in catches (31) and receiving yards (378), and scored 3 TDs … Had seasonhigh 5 catches (for 58 yards) Sept. 26 vs. Baltimore … Had 3 catches for 47 yards Nov. 21 vs. Pittsburgh, including 19-yarder for his fi rst TD of season, putting Bengals ahead 14-10 in second quarter … Was 3-for-35 receiving in win on Nov. 28 vs. Cleveland, including an 18-yarder in the fi rst quarter for the fi rst Bengals TD of day, tying the score at 7-7 … Had 2 catches for 35 yards on Dec. 12 at New England, including a 27-yard TD catch from Jon Kitna in the fourth quarter to bring the Bengals within 7 points at 35-28 … Had a season-high 60 receiving yards on Dec. 19 vs. Buffalo, on 4 catches.



2003 Season

2003 Season (Cincinnati Bengals): Drafted by Bengals in third round (65th overall) … Signed Aug. 3 … One of three Bengals rookies to play in every game, joining LB Khalid Abdullah and FB Jeremi Johnson … Made first NFL start Nov. 23 at San Diego, as offense opened up with three WRs … Ranked fifth on team in catches (22), fourth in receiving yards (299) and fourth in TDs (4).



College

Played only one full season at Tennessee, catching 70 passes for 1080 yards and 7 TDs as a 22-year-old freshman in 2001 … Named to freshman All-America teams by The Sporting News and Football Writers Association … Was considered a probable first round NFL draft choice entering his sophomore year of 2002, but he was limited to four games due to injuries … Missed the first two games in '02 with a knee sprain, and suffered a concussion Oct. 12 at Georgia that sidelined him for the remainder of the season … Underwent surgery on 11-19-02 to fuse two vertebrae in his neck … Career totals in college were 93 catches for 1523 yards and 8 TDs … Entered NFL Draft after his sophomore season.



Personal

James Kelley Washington was born on Aug. 21, 1979 ... Attended Sherando High School in Stephens City, Va., where he earned all-state honors in helping the football team to state 2A championship game ... Passed for 1,887 yards and 20 touchdowns as a prep senior quarterback, and had a school-record nine interceptions as a safety on defense ... Despite his high school exploits, he was not recruited out of high school by major college football programs, leading to his decision to sign a pro baseball contract in 1997 ... Was a 10th-round draft pick of the Florida Marlins in 1997 ... Played 295 minor-league games over four seasons (1997- 2000), playing shortstop from 1997-99 and third base in 2000 ... A right-handed hitter, he batted .213 for his career with nine home runs and 98 RBI ... Played in 1997 for the Marlins' entry in the rookie Gulf Coast League ... Played in 1998 for Brevard County of the Florida State League and for Kane County (Ill.) of the Midwest League ... Played in 1999 for the Marlins' Gulf Coast League rookie team and for Brevard County ... Played in 2000 for Kane County ... Majored in arts and sciences at Tennessee.



Extra Points

As a former minor league baseball prospect, Kelley was roommates with both current Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett and current Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker.