Leon Washington is ready to do more than just return kicks and punts for the New England Patriots.
But if that's all the free agent signee gets to do for his new team, he sounds ready to live with it.
''Ever since I was a rookie, I was always a team player,'' Washington said Sunday, after the team's first full-pads practice. ''That's been my main focus. Knowing I could so many different things well -- running the ball, catching the ball, returning kicks, (I) even made tackles (on special teams) sometimes in my career.
''That's the same approach I have here - coming in, helping the team out the best way I can.''
Washington, now 31, debuted with the New York Jets and played the last three seasons with Seattle. A 98-yard kick return for a touchdown last year gave him eight kick return TDs in his seven-year career, tying him with Josh Cribbs for the NFL record.
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