Raiders RB Washington gets chance and is running with it

May 13, 2016; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) during rookie minicamp at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie running back DeAndre Washington not only survived the speed of his first NFL preseason game but is also ready to kick it into overdrive when the Raiders face the Packers in Green Bay on Thursday night.

“Lives are on the line for the young guys, so guys are flying around,” Washington said. “Maximum speed. But after a few plays, I got adjusted to it, and it wasn’t a big deal.” Washington had 43 yards on eight carries and a 32-yard catch against the Cardinals on Friday, and has grabbed hold of the No. 2 running back job heading into the second preseason game. The fifth-round pick out of Texas Tech said he “was licking my chops” on that catch and run over the middle when he saw a defensive end was going to try to cover him.

“Third-down situations, I think that’s why they brought me in, to create mismatches against opposing defenses,” Washington said. “On that play, they were guarding me with a D-end, so I had to make my money on that play.”