When training camp started Morgan Moses was a backup offensive tackle and his prospects for getting any playing time were dim. He had missed the entire offseason program while recovering from a Lisfranc injury he suffered late in the 2014 season and his position on the depth chart was not enviable. At one tackle the incumbent was perennial Pro Bowler Trent Williams and on the other side was Brandon Scherff, who had just been picked with the fifth overall selection in the draft.
But about a week into camp Scherff was moved inside to right guard and Moses went to right tackle. The 2014 third-round pick has been entrenched there ever since.
Moses started off a bit shaky as he was moving from playing the left side at Virginia and as a backup as a rookie over to the right side. But according to Williams, he has had a very quick learning curve.
“It’s night and day,” said Williams about Moses’ transformation. “It’s funny, I just had a talk with Morgan in between [practice] periods. And I was just telling him, man, like watching him work today and then thinking about how he looked the first day we took the field in camp. It’s night and day. I’ve never seen anybody make that vast of an improvement in that short a period of time.”
Moses has not only picked up the physical aspects of the game he has done his work watching film and in the classroom.
“He understands what’s coming, he understands what the defense thinks,” said Williams. “He understands what they’re looking for when he takes a certain set. And he’s cleaned up his footwork. He always had pretty good feet for being 6-7, 6-8, 340.”
“After the Lisfranc the guys kind of thinking, how could he bounce back from that and still be as good as he was. He worked extremely hard in the offseason. It’s night and day. I know it sound cliche but to actually see that transformation take place in person, I mean, it’s incredible. It’s an incredible experience. It’s amazing what they’re doing over there.”
Moses is in his second year with the Redskins and Williams just signed a five-year contract extension. The two of them could form an impressive set of bookend tackles for years to come.