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Two key guys may play different roles for Washington in Week 11

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After Morgan Moses slid over to left tackle for Washington late in their game against the Lions last Sunday, coordinator Scott Turner asked Moses when he last played that position. Moses, who's been with the franchise since 2014, told Turner he hadn't done so since his rookie campaign.

Well, it's feeling more and more likely that Moses will once again be back on the left side of the line this weekend versus the Bengals, meaning he won't have to wait as long as he did to make his initial return there.

With Geron Christian now on IR and Cornelius Lucas having missed the last two days of practice, Ron Rivera seems prepared to go with Moses as Alex Smith's blindside protector and David Sharpe in Moses' usual spot at right tackle.

"Morgan’s a pretty good athlete, so I’m not necessarily concerned about it for him," Rivera told the media on Thursday. "He has left tackle skillsets. We’ll see how he goes."

As for Sharpe, whom Washington acquired in early September from the Raiders, Rivera was encouraged by what he saw from him in the fourth-year pro's limited action in Detroit.

"I thought he was physical," he said. "He’s a big guy, good length, good size. He’s tough to get around, and we saw a lot of positives. I feel very fortunate to have him as one of our guys."

 

 

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Turner's offense won't be the only unit that possibly has to move some parts around at FedEx Field when Cincy comes to visit. With Landon Collins out for the year and Deshazor Everett now injured as well, there's a chance that Kendall Fuller slides to the back end of the secondary in Week 11, at least occasionally.

While Moses' switch would be for the entire contest, Fuller probably would only take a portion of snaps at safety. He's already done that a bit in 2020 and first got a taste for it with the Chiefs, though he could be in line for additional looks there in the near future because the other choices — Kam Curl, Troy Apke and Jeremy Reaves — are so inexperienced.

"I think being versatile like that, being super intelligent like he is, I think that allows him to do multiple roles," Del Rio said of Fuller. "We don’t want to take that for granted. He’s done a nice job of coming here and being a pro and really his work ethic and the way he prepares has been outstanding."

Del Rio acknowledged that deciding to fill a hole with a starter from another position as opposed to the next guy on the depth chart can be "problematic" and that Washington will want to avoid getting "carried away." Removing Fuller from the corner rotation, for example, could expose his backups and create a bigger problem there.

Yet for Sunday, relying on Moses and Fuller may just be the optimum solution in response to the recent injury issues, even if it puts more pressure on them individually. 

"We consider the best options that are available to us and make a decision and go," Del Rio said. "That’s what we do each week, put together the best group of guys we can that are healthy and ready to help us win."