As he enters his second season with the Washington Redskins, Morgan Moses says he's ready to compete for the opportunity to start at right tackle.
Morgan Moses won't shy away from the new competition he's facing for the starting right tackle spot.
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After the Redskins' drafted Brandon Scherff out of Iowa with the fifth-overall pick April 30 in the NFL Draft, head coach Jay Gruden said he'd get his first reps at tackle.
Moses said he's looking forward to taking the practice field under the hot Virginia sun these next few months with Scherff and Tom Compton -- who started nine games at tackle for the Redskins last season -- and seeing how the competition pans out.
"There are two things competition brings out: it reflects character and it brings out the best person," he said. "So I'm not going to shy away from competition, but he's [Scherff] a teammate. He's learning. He's a great guy. He's learning from all the vets. It's crazy that last year I was just in his position."
Last season as a rookie, Moses saw action in eight games with one start against the San Francisco 49ers.
In that game, the Virginia product was tasked with slowing down a potent pass rush that featured many one-on-one matchups with former first-team All-Pro Aldon Smith.
"We threw Morgan Moses to the wolves, man," Gruden said at the time. "It was the San Francisco 49ers and Aldon Smith, one of the better pass rushers. We tried to help him every now and then with a chipper and he did an admirable job for his first time out. I think you can see that he is going to be a left tackle/right tackle in this NFL for quite an amount of time – for a long time – because of his big, long body and he will get better."
Late in the season, though, Moses went down during a weekday practice with a Lisfranc injury.
He told Redskins.com in that his recovery has "been a straight path."
"It was crazy because it was my first injury for me throughout my whole life playing football, my first surgery, so having that, I feel like it's been a smooth process," Moses said. "Just rehabbing, getting back, trying to heal and trying to get comfortable with trying to do the same things that I have done before."
While Moses is "feeling great" going into his second season, thanks in large part to a better understanding of life in the NFL, he does have a new position coach in Bill Callahan.
The longtime coach has been "perfect" for Moses and his fellow linemen.
"He's old-school. He's a grinder," he said. "Being that I'm coming off an injury, you need someone to push you so being able to have him is perfect. He's a great technician. It's a great deal."
Moses has also already noticed a difference in how Callahan wants them to play on the field.
"We want to be more physical up front," he said. "Guys are working their tails off in the weight room. It's definitely translating on the field."
And at 6-foot-6, 318 pounds, Moses has the size to play guard if ever asked to do so.
"I'm wide-open," he said. "Wherever they want to play me, I'm going to work my tail off to get in the best shape as possible."