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Redskins' Trent Williams on Morgan Moses: 'It's night and day'


Redskins' Trent Williams on Morgan Moses: 'It's night and day'

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. 

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Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the FedEx Field end zones ditched their usual gold trim for some pink instead. As it turns out, burgundy and pink go quite well together.

The reason for the change was to celebrate the Redskins Breast Cancer Awareness game as well as the 20th anniversary of Tanya Snyder's THINK-PINK! campaign.

Mrs. Snyder started the movement two decades ago by passing out 8,000 handmade pink ribbons at the team's stadium meant to remind people that early detection of breast cancer can make a major difference.

Now, her campaign has gone league-wide and is the reason you see so many players wearing pink in October, fans waving pink towels in the stands and other awareness-raising initiatives throughout the NFL.

"Very, very, very proud," Snyder said while handing out ribbons before the Washington-Carolina game. "We're not finished, but we are making a difference with early detection. So I'm beaming." 

For more information on Snyder and the NFL's breast cancer efforts, head to And for more details about the events held at FedEx Field during Week 6, check out the video above.


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Redskins need a winning streak to convince legion of skeptics

Redskins need a winning streak to convince legion of skeptics

If you want to, you can find plenty of things wrong with the Redskins’ 23-17 win over the Panthers. The home team was up 17-0 in the second quarter and yet had to hang on as the Panthers reached the red zone with a chance to win in the last minute. The game got tight because the Redskins continued their second-half scoring problems, putting up just six points. Alex Smith passed for just 153 yards. 

But you can’t poke holes in the fact that the Redskins are 3-2 and in first place in the NFC East. Sure, there is a long way to go. But consider this—a Redskins schedule that looked rough at the beginning of the season doesn’t look quite as tough. In fact, right now the Redskins have a better winning percentage than any team they will play in their remaining 11 games. 

Yes, that’s right. They have six games to play in the division, two each against the Cowboys and Eagles, both now 3-3, and the 1-5 Giants. Their two remaining games against the NFC South are against the 2-3 Bucs and the 2-4 Falcons. The schedule is rounded out with games against three AFC South teams, the Titans, Texans, and Jaguars. All three of those teams are tied atop the division at 3-3. 

Of course, you can’t expect all of these teams to still be wallowing around .500 when they face the Redskins. It looks like the Eagles and Falcons are on the upswing and in today’s NFL any team can get hot at any time. 

And, as the Redskins demonstrated in their Week 2 loss to the Colts, they are capable of losing to a weak team. They still have plenty of issues they have to correct if they plan on maintaining their winning record and staying in contention for the division title. They won’t survive if they continue to have difficulty scoring in the second half (their only second-half TD this season came in garbage time against the Saints). They need to get more sacks from Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith, who have one combined. Plenty of details need to be ironed out. 

But the fact that they are a flawed team doesn’t take away from the fact that they got a quality win over the Panthers. Carolina was 3-1, coming off of an 11-5 playoff season. On top of that, the Redskins had not beaten the Panthers since 2006, a stretch that included an 0-4 record against Cam Newton. They didn’t commit a turnover for the first time this year and they got a season-high three takeaways. Christian McCaffrey came into the game averaging 83 yards per game and left it averaging 70 after picking up 20 yards on eight carries. 

With all of that said, the Redskins still have to overcome their inconsistency. They have won two games in a row just twice since the beginning of the 2017 season. Nobody is going to believe that anything is different about the Redskins until they can string together three or four wins in a row. Until then, skepticism will abound. 

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