As his second NFL season starts up, tackle Morgan Moses said he's fully healed from a season-ending injury in 2014 and is looking forward to learning under the guidance of Bill Callahan.
Morgan Moses entered uncharted territory last season when he went down with a season-ending Lisfranc injury. Not long after, the University of Virginia product went under the knife.
Go behind the scenes as Redskins offensive lineman Morgan Moses goes in front of the camera for his 2014 photo shoot.
The injury, which was suffered during a routine practice session, was described by head coach Jay Gruden as a "fluke thing."
It also just happened to be the first time Moses had ever experienced a season-ending injury, and the first time he ever went under the needle.
"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 of his recovery. "Just rehabbing, getting back, trying to heal and trying to get comfortable with trying to do the same things that I have done before. It's been a straight path so I can't ask for much more than that."
Moses has been among the dozens of players at Redskins Park this week taking part in Phase 1 of offseason workouts.
From having to isolate his foot with a cart to lifting with his teammates, Moses said it felt great being able to focus on strictly improving himself as a football player this week -- and not with an eye on regaining health.
"I've been here [Redskins Park] the whole offseason training, trying to get back and stuff, so I've been at it since day one," he said. "I got back from surgery and stuff, so just being able to back, being back in the midst of everybody, being back in the meeting rooms, it's definitely exciting because the year ended early for me so being able to be back in the meeting rooms and take notes and listen is definitely exciting."
While Moses spent the majority of his rookie season learning what it takes to succeed against NFL pass rushes behind the likes of Trent Williams, he was also thrown into the fire from time to time, replacing the injured Pro Bowler in the starting lineup against the San Francisco 49ers.
And what did he have in store for him? Former first-team All-Pro Aldon Smith, who had a whopping 42 sacks in his first three seasons.
"We threw Morgan Moses to the wolves, man," Gruden said of the matchup. "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."
As competition for starting tackle duties starts to heat up in the next few weeks, Gruden believes Moses, who is in the mix for the spot, will show improvement over last season.
"Morgan is a young kid, and played left tackle his last two years at Virginia and then the transition over to the right side wasn't as smooth as we would've liked," he said. "But I think with a year under his belt, I think he's got a chance to be a good, solid right tackle for us."
One physical feature that Moses benefits from is his size (6-foot-6, 318 pounds) and his length.
In his discussions with new offensive line coach Bill Callahan, Moses said he wants the longtime NFL coach to help him work on those strengths.
"We talked a couple of things that I want to work on as the season gets closer, just working on my length and using my length better and stuff like that, but right now it's just a point where I got to get through phase one first to get through phase two," he said.