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What does the future hold for Redskins' Moses?

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What does the future hold for Redskins' Moses?

As Redskins offensive lineman Morgan Moses enters his second NFL offseason, the stakes have been raised for the 2014 third round draft pick—considerably.

Not only is Moses recovering from a Lisfranc injury that cut short his rookie season in December, he’s also facing increased competition for a significant role in 2015.

When OTAs began Tuesday at Redskins Park, Brandon Scherff, this year’s fifth overall pick, was the first team right tackle, as expected. Tom Compton, was lined up at left tackle as three-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams made his way back to Ashburn after being delayed as he departed flood-ravaged Houston. Moses, meantime, watched team drills from the sidelines, unable to participate because of his surgically repaired foot.

“It’s competition,” Moses said, referring to the addition of Scherff. “There’s two things that competition brings out: it reflects character and it brings out the best person. I’m not going to shy away from competition. But he’s a teammate.”

Before Moses can worry about competing for a job, though, he needs to get medical clearance. The 6 foot 6, 318-pound Virginia product said he expects that to happen prior to training camp in late July.

“I’m feeling great,” he said. “Being able to be out here [after] the injury at the end of the season last year, participating [in individual drills], getting to run around with the guys, work on technique, I feel great.”

Asked if he would be open to moving inside and playing guard, Moses said he would, noting that he played guard as a freshman in college.

“I’m wide open,” Moses said. “Wherever they want to play me, wherever they put me, I’m going to work my tail off to put myself in the best shape as possible, and go from there.”

Coach Jay Gruden said he’s been pleased with Moses’ progress in rehab and is eager to see him back on the field.

“[He needs to] get healthy first,” Gruden said. “He’s doing all the individual drills and he looks great. He’s worked hard in the weight room. You can see his body changing a little bit. So he’s got the strength and he’s going to continue to get stronger. Now we’ve just got to get him on the field for these team drills."

Gruden added: "We’ve got to make sure we continue to check his foot quickness out and challenge him in that regard and see how he handles this system in Year 2. Hopefully like Robert [Griffin III] in Year 2 in this system, the terminology and everything will come easier to him, more natural for him and he’ll make a big step in the right direction.”

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New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

Alex Smith in, Kirk Cousins out.

That's certainly the headline, but there are plenty of other questions for the Redskins, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

For the last two seasons, most of the questions going into OTAs for Washington came from the defensive side of the ball. After consecutive drafts with a first-round defensive lineman selection, the defense should be much improved. 

On offense, however, there are a lot of new parts. 

  1. The headliner - No position in sports is as important as NFL quarterback. This will be Alex Smith's first action in a Redskins uniform with media present. The 34-year-old veteran is coming off the best season of his career, and if he can continue that level of accuracy and play-making, the Redskins could be poised for an explosive year.
  2. The speedster - Washington's wideouts lacked separation in 2017. It was apparent through much of the year, and likely played a roll in some of Kirk Cousins' reluctance to make tough throws. Free agent addition Paul Richardson is supposed to help, immediately. He has elite deep speed and the 'Skins brass hopes he can bring a similar element to the offense that DeSean Jackson provided a few years back. Time to prove it Paul. 
  3. The injuries - There are big reasons for concern, namely two very large men in Jordan Reed and Trent Williams. Reed will not participate in OTAs, and has been dealing with a foot/toe injury for the better part of a year. Williams, who seems highly unlikely to attend OTAs, underwent knee surgery in January. Beyond Smith, Reed and Williams are probably the two most important offensive players on the Redskins. OTAs aren't important, Reed and Williams participating, or even attending, OTAs is not important. Both men being healthy and ready to go in September is quite important. 
  4. The Rookie - Has Derrius Guice become the most popular player on the Redskins? Maybe. The dynamic rookie running back, with an interesting draft weekend slide, has the charisma and ability to be a star. The "off-field concerns" that hurt his draft status seem like myths at this point, but there was some injury concern his junior season at LSU (see video above). Guice has an opportunity to be a huge part of the Redskins offense, and all eyes will be watching the rookie. 
  5. The leap? - In 2017, Josh Doctson showed flashes of the player that warranted a first-round pick in 2016. Will 2018 be the year he proves it, week after week, game after game? Getting off to a good start with Smith should help, and even more important would be an injury-free offseason. 

There are questions for the defense too, particularly at cornerback after Josh Norman, but this year, the offense has more new parts. 

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Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Those who are worried about Derrius Guice's character picked up some added evidence when, on Monday night, the Redskins rookie invited a bunch of fans to watch Avengers with him in Ashburn.

Man, what is this guy's deal?

First of all, not everyone likes superheroes. So how did he know that those who joined him actually wanted to see Avengers?  Did he even ask? What if they wanted to see that really successful, really funny, really well-regarded Amy Schumer comedy, instead?

Then, there's the issue of Guice buying tickets and concessions for those who showed up.

Some people enjoy buying movie tickets — which are absolutely reasonably priced these days — and, as far as the concessions, seriously? Candy? Popcorn? He could've at least offered to buy something healthier, like broccoli. All movie theaters have broccoli.  

Thankfully, those who took Guice up on his invitation weren't grateful for the experience at all, which hopefully means this will be the last time he orchestrates a dastardly deed like this one:

At this point, it's a surprise Guice didn't slide even farther down in the draft, like to the 15th round. Unbelievable.

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