Morgan Moses is finding out that his second education comes with a lot more bumps and bruises than the one he received at the University of Virginia.
Moses, who was selected by the Redskins in the third round of the 2014 draft, graduated with a degree in anthropology shortly after rookie minicamp in May. The offensive lineman is adjusting to his new life as a full-time football player during training camp in Richmond.
“Now it’s a job,” the 6-foot-6, 318-pounder said. “You’re out here competing with the best of the best, and learning tips and tricks from them to get better is something I’m striving to do.”
Moses’ biggest adjustment since becoming a pro is moving from left to right tackle, which has accounted for a somewhat slow start in camp — one that Redskins coach Jay Gruden is willing to overlook for a time.
“When you’re moving them around from the left side to right side, it’s not easy for a tackle. It doesn’t sound like much to us in here, but it’s a totally different technique from time to time, a different stance,” Gruden said. “You do have to give him a little leeway from time to time, but he’s done a good job. I think he still has a long way to go with his aiming points and some of the protections, but we love his length.”
That length is what made Moses an appealing prospect after a solid career with the Cavaliers, but he slid a bit from some first-round projections before Washington snagged him with the 66th pick.
“You never know how the carpet unrolls,” Moses said of the draft. “But it worked out well. I’m in Washington, I’m in my hometown for training camp, so being able to have that support system and backbone as I go through my rookie year … I’m not mad at all.”
Moses understands that he’s a work in progress, and so far in camp, he says it’s all about doing the little things to get better.
“It’s working at everything — my craft and my technique — to become the polished player I want to be,” he said.
Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams has been pleased with the rookie’s work ethic.
“He’s made a good impression,” Williams said. “He’s very diligent in his work. He does all the things he needs to do to improve and to be a playmaker for us.”
Right now, Moses is penciled in as a backup, but the rookie knows that a good camp will increase the coaches’ confidence in him to step in and get the job done.
“One thing I told myself is to come out here and get better every day, and that’s all you can ask for,” he said. “If you do that, everything else will take care of itself.”
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