Among the Washington Redskins newcomers who were on the field Saturday at Redskins Park for the team’s rookie minicamp, tackle Morgan Moses appears to have the best chance to win a starting job for the 2014 season. He could vie with incumbent starter Tyler Polumbus in training camp for the right tackle spot.
But Moses was taking a first-things-first approach at this stage of the offseason, and he said he’s more concerned for now with adjusting to his new surroundings.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Moses said between Saturday’s two practices. “But I’m taking it one day at a time, like I said, learning the playbook. Just coming in being a rookie, being a professional, just learning every day.”
The Redskins selected the University of Virginia product in the third round of the NFL draft after Moses had been projected by some as a possible opening-round choice. He said he spent the rookie minicamp relearning the basics of playing right tackle, the position he played for most of his college career, after spending his final season at Virginia at left tackle.
“It’s great, man, just getting situated back at right tackle,” Moses said. “It’s been a while since I’ve been there. But just coming out and getting better every day and every practice–that’s what it’s about…. Just getting back in a right-handed stance, going over the techniques and things. Technique is what’s gonna get you through this league. Everybody is athletic. So just learn the different techniques and just getting situated back on the right side—just getting that feeling back.”
Moses took some of his practice-field snaps Saturday against Trent Murphy, the outside linebacker from Stanford who was the Redskins’ second-round draft pick.
“It’s not the first time that we’ve met,” Moses said. “We went against each other at the Senior Bowl. We’re just trying to come out there each day and get each other better every snap.”
Said Murphy: “It went well. We’ve been going back and forth. He’s a phenomenal player so it’s fortunate for both of us that we get to go up against each other this camp.”