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Santana Moss is back in school, along with 39 other NFL players

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Santana Moss is back in school, along with 39 other NFL players

BY PETER HAILEY

After a standout 14 year NFL career that included a decade of tremendous production in the Burgundy and Gold, Santana Moss is going back to school.

Moss said he still thinks he can play in the league back in May, but as of now, he remains a free agent. So instead of spending June and July studying playbooks like he has every summer since he was drafted out of the University of Miami in 2001, the 36-year-old is back at his alma mater studying business.

Moss is not the only Sunday star taking part in Miami's new specialized business program for athletes and artists, however; according to an article about the class, 40 of the 43 people participating in it are current or former NFL players -- almost enough to fill out an entire roster.

Former Raven and new 49er Torrey Smith and longtime linebacker Takeo Spikes are also in the school's new program, which "teaches accomplished individuals with strong personal brands how to leverage their current career achievements into business success," its website says. 

The third leading pass catcher in Redskins history is using the class to build on his understanding of the business world, which will help him better run his security system, called Do Not Enter. 

“If you’re not business-savvy, you can find yourself in a lot of ditches, not knowing what you’re doing," he said to Bloomberg.com. It appears that he's already picked up some valuable information, too, judging by this photo from his Instagram, which Moss said was the closing of a major contract with security company ADT:

Wanna thank Eric and Greg for welcoming #DoNotEnterSercurity into there #ADT offices in West Palm ... Preciate the love and the business as always...!!!

A photo posted by Santana Moss (@eighttodanine) on Apr 8, 2015 at 4:28pm PDT

It's probably difficult for a guy who has played in 197 NFL games to all of the sudden be told his services are no longer needed, but it's a part of every player's career, and Moss is no exception. The troubles of post-NFL life are well documented, and he gets that preparing for the rest of his future is crucial.

“Right now I am a free agent; I want to get one more year in. If not, I’ll move on, but one day there is going to be a time when you are done with the NFL, and it’s like, 'What else?'” he said.

In taking the class, Moss is already showing he's dedicated to being successful down the road. And if he can produce at the same rate he did while with the Redskins, he'll be in good shape.

For the companies that interact with #89 in the future, though, we have one warning: If a great deal gets closed, watch out for chest pounds, finger points, and ball spins; that's how Moss celebrated on the gridiron, and it'll probably take a while for him to get used to more conventional workplace celebrations like handshakes and thank you's.

Feature photo courtesy of Chip Litherland/Bloomberg Business

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Need to Know: The Redskins' best players who are 25 or younger

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Need to Know: The Redskins' best players who are 25 or younger

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 17, 39 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The best Redskins players 25 or younger

Here is a look at the best Redskins players who have played at least one season and will be 25 or younger as of Week 1 this year. 

WR Jamison Crowder, 25 as of Week 1—Crowder hit the ground running in his first year, with 59 receptions, a team rookie record, and gaining 604 yards. He has been very dependable in his three years, averaging 64 catches, 747 yards, and four receiving touchdowns per year. 

OLB Preston Smith, 25—Since he came into the league, no player but Smith has at least 20.5 sacks, three or more interceptions, and four or more forced fumbles. His sack numbers tend to be up and down from week to week, but Jay Gruden has said more than once that Smith is very consistent in getting pressure on the quarterback even if he doesn’t always get home for the sack. 

DL Matt Ioannidis, 24—A year ago it was thought that he would face an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster. Now goes into the season as a starter and key contributor. The 2016 fifth-round pick got much stronger between his first and second seasons and he took well to the coaching of new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. Only a broken hand that cost him two games and had him playing with an awkward cast for a few more kept him from threatening to make double-digit sacks. 

DL Jonathan Allen, 23—The Redskins were just starting to get a hint of what Allen could do early in the season. Pro Football Focus credited him with a total of three sacks in the Redskins third and fourth games. But in their fifth game, he suffered a foot injury that ended his season. Allen was a full go for the offseason program and there is no reason to think that he won’t pick back up right where he left off. 

S Montae Nicholson, 22—Like Allen, Nicholson’s rookie season was shortened due to injuries. He took advantage of the absence of anticipated starter Su’a Cravens and made an impact from the beginning. While the 2017 fourth-round pick and free-agent pickup D.J. Swearinger were in the lineup the decade-long struggles the Redskins have had at the safety position were suddenly gone. 

Best of the rest: WR Josh Doctson (25), C Chase Roullier (25)

It should be noted that DL Daron Payne turned 21 in May and RB Derrius Guice will the 21 later this month so they could be joining this list soon. Assuming those two start, the Redskins will have nine quality starters aged 25 or younger this year. 

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Timeline  

Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder was born on this date in 1993. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 39
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 53
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 76

The Redskins last played a game 166 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 84 days. 

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Trent Williams has really good things to say about Alex Smith and Derrius Guice

Trent Williams has really good things to say about Alex Smith and Derrius Guice

The most significant thing to come from Trent Williams' spontaneous chat with the media on Wednesday is that the left tackle expects to be ready for training camp.

But two other topics Williams covered while talking were his initial impressions of new teammates Alex Smith and Derrius Guice. 

And while having one player compliment other players in the offseason is the second-most common thing in the NFL behind the Browns losing games, No. 71 went beyond the normal, clichéd positivity you're used to hearing. 

He was first asked about Smith, a QB he'd only met at the Pro Bowl until these offseason sessions in Ashburn.

“He’s a winner," Williams said. "As you all know, you don’t win in this league without a quarterback, so us being able to have one and have one right now, it does everything for our team and our attitude and the faith we have to win."

Next came a question about Guice, the rookie who looks like the most talented running back to date that Williams will have the pleasure of blocking for. What are his thoughts on the LSU product?

"When you watch him on film it's like he's been here before," Williams observed. "He's a specimen."

As for the 'Skins being able to snag Guice where they did in the draft, the 29-year-old admitted he was quite surprised.

"Extremely lucky to get him in the second round," he said. "I don't know how that happened... It's not going to take very long before people recognize him as an elite NFL talent."

Williams is coming off of surgery, will turn 30 in July and, during last season, spoke about how the injuries he constantly fought through started to take a toll on him. Ready to hear something sad? He's never won a playoff game.

So, for a veteran who's aging like him and who hasn't captured anything of signifigance yet, having confidence and trust in his backfield is paramount. Fortunately, judging by the quotes above, it sounds like Williams is already there when it comes to Smith and Guice.

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