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What does the future hold for Redskins' Moses?


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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Jonathan Allen wants Jim Tomsula back - but he understands if he puts his family first

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Jonathan Allen wants Jim Tomsula back - but he understands if he puts his family first

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Redskins offseason thus far comes from the lack of change. Bruce Allen, Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky are all coming back. 

One name that is less certain, and is widely loved, is defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. 

For Tomsula, there is no pressure on him to perform better. His work in developing Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis and Tim Settle probably ranks as the most impressive on the team. 

"Jim [Tomsula] is definitely my favorite coach I've ever had," Redskins defensive tackle Jonathan Allen said this week. "I don’t really count [University of Alabama] Coach [Nick] Saban because he wasn’t my position coach, but as a position coach, love Jim Tom."

The Alabama product's comments came during a charity even at National Children's Hospital, and they came during an interesting time for the Redskins defense. The organization spoke with a number of highly sought after defensive coordinator candidates in the last few weeks, but stuck with Manusky at the position. The team claimed, through an unnamed source in a Washington Post article, that the meetings were just to gain different perspectives. Interesting. 

Now that Manuksy is back, however, the future for Tomsula becomes one of the biggest questions for the club. 

It sounds like Allen is prepared for any outcome. 

"I don’t know if he will be back. I would love to have him back but he has a family, definitely he’s a big family guy and his family is in Florida," Allen said. "I can completely understand his reasons for not coming back."

Any conversation with Tomsula always centers around family. He's one of the few coaches that remembers reporters' kids' ages and often asks about them. It's a genuine thing for Tomsula, and it's impressive. 

He is also close friends with Manuksy, and the coordinator's return could help in keeping the fiery D-line coach. If Tomsula does leave Ashburn, he's already made a significant impact for players like Allen.

"Regardless what happens I wish him nothing but the best and I’m just glad I got to spend two years with him."


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Would pursuing Antonio Brown be worth it for the Redskins considering their QB situation?

Would pursuing Antonio Brown be worth it for the Redskins considering their QB situation?

The Redskins need a stud wide receiver. Badly.

Antonio Brown is a stud wide receiver. Undoubtedly.

So, Washington should pick up the phone, call Pittsburgh and figure out a way to work out a trade for Brown, right? 

It's not that easy.

There are plenty of obstacles between Brown becoming a member of the Redskins, as Washington would have to clear out quite a bit of salary to make room for him and also weigh whether he'll fit into their locker room.

Another thing worth considering, too: What's the point of acquiring Antonio Brown without a QB to maximize his talents?

There are serious questions about whether Alex Smith will play next season, or ever again. That means, barring a drastic move, the Redskins will go into 2019 with someone like Colt McCoy or an unproven youngster starting under center.

Sure, you could argue that Brown would make that passer's life a lot easier. He would, to an extent. But ask someone like Odell Beckham or Larry Fitzgerald what life is like on the outside, even as an elite talent, when the guy getting you the ball isn't properly equipped to do so.

Brown is one of the best pass catchers of his generation and will likely end up as one of the best of any era. Whatever offense he's lining up for next season will be better thanks to his presence.

However, this is a guy who's grown frustrated in a franchise that's made the postseason four of the past five years and is unhappy in a place where he's paired with a top-tier signal-caller. 

The Redskins, on the other hand, have neither the track record of success or a settled situation at QB, so it's fair to be very skeptical of how he'd handle a move to D.C.

Now, for this organization to break out of football's middle class, an area they're stuck in, going after a star and taking a risk is absolutely worth trying.

Unfortunately, the quarterback depth chart will affect every potential move. And when that potential move involves heavily investing in a premier wideout, the quarterback depth chart should probably dissuade anyone from ultimately making that move.