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.”