Santana Moss happy to be part of Redskins turnaround but unwilling to look back yet

 


Redskins WR Santana Moss hauls in a touchdown pass in Washington’s win over Philadelphia Sunday. (AP/Mel Evans)

Wide receiver Santana Moss has played in Washington since 2005, longer than any Redskins player except tight end Chris Cooley. So even though he has never played in a Redskins game with the winner-wins-the-division stakes like Sunday night’s, he understands what it means to this region.

“This city is a different city when you’re winning,” Moss said. “You have a lot of diehard Redskins fans here. Lord knows what they’ve been going through.”

Moss will be playing for the chance to make the playoffs for only the third time since he arrived in Washington in 2005. At 33, after it appeared like he might be in the downward phase of his career, he’s contributed to the Redskins’ six-game winning streak like a younger man. Revitalized by Robert Griffin III, Moss is third on the team with 39 catches for 551 yards, and he has six touchdowns in the past eight weeks.

In the Redskins’ locker room today, Moss was not in the mood to reflect. He may look back at what the season meant to him after Sunday, but not until then.

“I’m grateful to be in this situation, because I know there’s been years where I’ve been fighting hard just to get to this moment,” Moss said. “But I can’t express my feelings until we go out and accomplish what we’re trying to accomplish. Until that happens, then I’ll be able to tell you how I feel. Right now, my focus is too strict to even let me dwell on where we’re at. I don’t feel like we’ve accomplished nothing yet.”

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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