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Utilizing Santana Moss in the Washington Redskins’ Crowded Receiving Corps

June 9th, 2014 at 1:04 PM
By Marty Simpkins

Two years ago, Santana Moss was a reliable target for the rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. That year, he had 41 catches for 573 yards and 8 touchdowns. Those touchdowns were the most by the veteran receiver since his first year with the Redskins back in 2005. Now, Moss is 35 years old and is fighting for a roster spot on a team that already has Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts. Last season's stats won't help Moss' chances as he only had two touchdowns the whole year and he also dropped a lot of passes. 

'Santana Moss' photo (c) 2006, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

However, head coach Jay Gruden is optimistic about Moss' chances on making the team. He talked about Moss' performance during the offseason and thinks that he can still contribute to his new offense. 

“He’s fun to be around, he’s fun to watch, he knows every position,” Gruden said. “He looks like a young kid. He’s got energy, he’s a great leader. If he drops a pass he holds himself accountable. If the quarterback misses him he’s like, ‘Let’s get onto the next one, man.’ He’s a great guy to have for these young guys to learn from. He’s working out hard. He’s the first one out there today again. I like having guys like that, veteran guys who are great examples for rookies and also can help you win in big games.” (Credit: ESPN.com)
 
Judging from Gruden's evaluation on the veteran wide receiver, there's a strong chance that Moss will still be playing for the Redskins in 2014. If he does, he will be fighting for the fourth receiver spot on the depth chart. The other receivers he has to compete with are much younger guys like Leonard Hankerson, Nick Williams and rookie draft pick Ryan Grant. Hankerson is good when he is on the field, but the problem is his health. There is much concern on whether he will play on opening day of the 2014 season. There's also Aldrick Robinson, but he is a situational receiver that only runs deep routes and has 29 career receptions in just two seasons. 
 
At this point, Moss is being used as insurance for the other receivers and will look to serve as a mentor role for the younger guys like Jackson, Roberts and Grant. In this brand new offense that Gruden has planned, you never know how Moss will be used. With assuring words from the head coach, Griffin could still be hooking with with Moss later on this year.
 
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