Morgan Moses, right tackle
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.”