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|Nate Washington made 74 catches for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns last season.|
“From a personal standpoint, the new coaches that came in did a lot for me. I had a meeting with each one of them, from coach (Mike) Munchak, coach Palmer, to coach Ragone. They made me aware that I had some abilities in me that hadn’t been brought out, and it was going to take some sacrificing, changing some different attitude things that I had going on when I came to football.
“I was very willing and ready to make those changes for them and give them a chance of making me a different person. From a personal standpoint, there were some things I needed to look in the mirror about. Some things that I needed to have a reality- and self-check about… that I took from my personal life and as far as my career. I think it just has a lot to do with growing up.
“This game can be very brutal on the body and the mind… A lot of people don’t realize that. This is a more mental game than it is physical sometimes. They always say this is chess not checkers. It was more so me getting some personal stuff right with me before I could come out and make sure I try to do the things that they ask.”