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Nate Washington welcomes upgrade in quarterback department

Nate Washington had 47 receptions last season for the Texans.
Nate Washington had 47 receptions last season for the Texans.Getty Images

Nate Washington has played with a ton of quarterbacks over the course of his 11-year career. In fact, Washington’s teams have featured seven starters in the last two seasons.

In 2014, the Titans started Zach Mettenberger, Jake Locker, and Charlie Whitehurst. Last season, his one and only with the Texans, Washington worked with Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates, and Brandon Weeden.

While the common perception might be that that kind of inconsistency can wear on a receiver, Washington has seen it as a benefit.

“Surprisingly, I think that’s helped me tremendously,” Washington said. “People tend to talk about continuity between a quarterback and a wide receiver so much, knowing the guy. But there’s also a requirement to do your job, be in the place you’re supposed to be in at the time you’re supposed to be there. With so many changes with the guy behind center for me, it’s given me the opportunity to make sure I’m doing my part being in the right place at the right time.”

Now, however, Washington gets the chance to be in the right place at the right time with Tom Brady, one of the game’s all-time best. Suffice it to say, he’s looking forward to establish a quick rapport with his new signal caller.


“The one thing that I’m most excited about is playing alongside a guy that has a tremendous amount of passion for what he does,’’ said Washington, who has collected 457 catches for 6,937 and 44 TDs over his career. “Growing up in this league, you understand everybody is not built that way.”

Washington said after speaking with people around the league, he’s more convinced than ever that signing with New England was the right move. He pointed to Patriots Hall of Famer Willie McGinest as somebody who spoke in glowing terms about the organization.


“I had a chance to talk to him a couple of weeks ago once he found out that I signed and the No. 1 thing that he just told me is, ‘It’s going to be good for you because they are going to pay attention to the details and they’re going to get you in the aspect of making sure that you’re pushing yourself every single day.’

“Those guys in that locker room — they work hard every single day and don’t take a day off. And those coaches: they work hard every single day and don’t take a day or a minute off.’’

Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.