The Washington Redskins' top two draft picks squared off against each other during the rookie minicamp last weekend. Outside linebacker Trent Murphy and offensive tackle Morgan Moses had to go head to head in some drills in order to impress the coaching staff.
Both of them were hoping to make their mark on the Redskins' team, but at the same time, they both were trying to make each other better through the drills.
"He's a phenomenal player," Murphy said of Moses, "so it's fortunate for both of us that we got to go against each other at this camp. We're going to make each other better, so I'm excited about that." (Credit: Redskins.com)
The coaches had Moses lined up at right tackle, a position that Moses has had three years worth of experience playing. The last time he played right tackle was in 2012, but in high school, he was recruited at that position. As for Murphy, the coaches lined him up in various positions on defense, but the ultimate goal was to see his pass-rushing ability. This however, was not the first time these two players had met.
"We went against each other at the Senior Bowl," Moses said. "We're just trying to come out here every day and get each other better every snap." (Credit: Redskins.com)
Both players are adjusting to their new system at the pro level. Murphy is getting used to the speed and strength of NFL offensive linemen and Moses is reacquainting himself with the right tackle position and zone-blocking schemes that head coach Jay Gruden has implemented into the offense.
"He's moving over to right tackle and we're introducing him to the outside zone the way we want it, the protections the way we want it and it's going to take some time, but we're happy with his progress," Gruden said. "He's got a major, major upside with his size." (Credit: Redskins.com)
For Murphy, Gruden has been impressed with the pass rusher's versatility and his ability to put pressure on the quarterback even when he doesn't get to him. That is something defensive coordinator Jim Haslett looks for in a young linebacker.
"He is another element out of the pass rush that we drastically need and he did some good things coming around the corner," Gruden said of Murphy. "He's got good inside moves. He's got a good spin move. Everything we saw on tape he demonstrated out here in just four practices. He's only going to get better."
As a reminder, the Redskins' Organized Team Activities start on May 27-29. This will be a time when veterans and rookies will collide on the practice field and the true offseason workouts begin.
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