Houston Texans free agent spotlight: Nate Washington

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Welcome back to Free Agent Spotlight! This is a continuation of a new series detailing players that the Houston Texans acquired in free agency this offseason (aptly named “Free Agent Spotlight”). We’ve heard a lot about new wide receiver Cecil Shorts and Brian Hoyer, but there were a number of other good signings by the team. If you have any questions about these players or would like to suggest a player to spotlight, tweet/follow me @pparkinson13!

Nov 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver

Nate Washington

(85) makes a touchdown reception during the fourth quarter as Houston Texans defensive back

Darryl Morris

(26) defends at NRG Stadium. The Texans defeated the Titans 45-21. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Washington

Position: Wide Receiver Age: 31 (will be 32 at start of season)

Former Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

Nate Washington has never been a man who lived in the spotlight. He played for a small college in Ohio, and wasn’t drafted by any team in 2005. But that year, one team would give him a chance, and he would work his way up from the bottom to become the veteran he is today.

While his career statistics haven’t been Hall of Fame caliber, Washington has consistently produced numbers for his team, even if he wasn’t the featured wideout. But Nate thrives in the quiet. While he may not lead the league in receptions or yards, Washington currently leads all active wide receivers in games played in a row, playing his past 128 games without missing a beat.

Even though he may not be a starting wideout anymore, Washington brings years of experience to a young, Andre Johnson-less receiving corps. His direct impact on the Houston Texans’ offense might not be so visible, his effect on the young receivers this year should be heavily beneficial.

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