Mor­gan Moses, right tackle

The Washington Post Sunday - - REDSKINS TRAINING CAMP - mas­ter.tes­fat­sion@wash­post.com

Some­times there is good that comes from an in­jured re­serve des­ig­na­tion. For Moses, the Red­skins’ start­ing right tackle, it was a sig­nif­i­cant step in his de­vel­op­ment. He suf­fered a foot in­jury in prac­tice with three weeks left in his rookie sea­son in 2014. The third-round pick out of Vir­ginia had just re­ceived his first ca­reer start in Week 12, and he was primed to re­ceive more play­ing time down the stretch. Those op­por­tu­ni­ties were placed on hold for an­other nine months.

It was dis­ap­point­ing for Moses, 26, but he was op­ti­mistic about his ca­reer once he com­pleted the re­hab process.

“For me, man, it was the best thing to hap­pen to me,” Moses said. “I was able to sit back, learn the of­fense and reded­i­cate my­self to foot­ball.”

He has been the start­ing right tackle ever since, so­lid­i­fy­ing a sig­nif­i­cant po­si­tion along Wash­ing­ton’s of­fen­sive line. He was re­warded this off­sea­son with a five-year deal worth $42.5 mil­lion, mak­ing him one of the high­est­paid right tack­les in the NFL.

“It helped me out in the long run be­cause when I got back, I didn’t miss a beat and was ready to go, man,” Moses said. “I think that was one of the fo­cal points for me in get­ting the start­ing job that year com­ing up.”

Moses cred­its his fam­ily for push­ing him through the dif­fi­cult days, but he also un­der­stood that there is very lit­tle sym­pa­thy in this pro­fes­sion. Af­ter all, some­one is al­ways wait­ing to take your job.

“You’ve got to think how many guys leave col­lege locker rooms and don’t make it to the pros,” Moses said. “They’re sit­ting at home wait­ing for the phone call. They don’t care if you got hurt. They want that spot . . . .

“You don’t have time for men­tal re­lapses. You’ve got to take it. ‘All right, this is what hap­pened.’ [Think] on it for a minute and just go.”

PHO­TOS BY JOHN MCDONNELL/THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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