Because his recovery from a pectoral injury lingered into training camp, Fabian Moreau had to wait an extra week to make his preseason debut for the Redskins.
He did finally appear in Saturday's loss against the Packers, though — and he experienced a little bit of everything.
The third-round pick out of UCLA was in on the game's first big play, colliding with a Green Bay punt returner just as he was bobbling a punt, a sequence that ended in a Washington fumble recovery. Moreau came up with another tackle on the next kick, and was also tested quite a bit in coverage while playing defense.
In all, it was far from a boring first day on the job.
"It felt great," Moreau said postgame. "I still have a lot to work on and a lot to get better with. It felt great getting back on the field, just being out there with my teammates and competing."
His head coach sounded pleased with his work, too, while also looking ahead to the corner's future.
"Fabian, he’s a great athlete," Jay Gruden said in his presser. "I mean, no substitute for speed and he’s got it. He’s a big, physical guy, and I think he’s got the talent and skill level to be a great player for us. But we have to get him taught up and let him play."
But the night wasn't all positive. The play that bugged Moreau the most was one in which he was in decent position vs. Packers receiver Jeff Janis, but he didn't turn his head around in time to defend the throw:
His evaluation of himself on that particular snap was frank.
"I mean, my technique was bad," he said. "I got beat. It can’t happen. I have to get better."
But that's what the preseason is for: getting burned once in August can be a thing to build on, especially for a young guy hoping to find his way in the NFL. And still, it was mostly an encouraging start for the 23-year-old, and one that hinted at what he could soon be capable of.
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But don't take CSN's word for it. Hear it from Josh Norman.
"It’s no joke what he’s putting out there on the field," Norman said of Moreau. "Obviously he’s going to be a great talent in this league to come. But he’s still going to work on some things. We’ll get him better each and every day. He’s going to work with us. We’re going to get him to the level he needs to be."