Morgan Moses works with Trent Williams at Practice
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
New Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden brings a different approach than Mike Shanahan when it comes to offense, particularly at the offensive line.
He made that apparent this off-season, cutting center and former Hokie Will Montgomery.
The team also used a pair of third round picks on Virginia tackle Morgan Moses, and Nebraska Guard Spencer long.
Redskins training camp from Richmond is underway, and Coach Gruden likes what he sees so far in Moses.
"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. We love the fact that he's in meetings and studying like all the rookies are."
Moses played left tackle in his senior and junior years at Virginia, but did play right tackle his first two seasons.
Morgan Moses said that he has been asked to demonstrate his versatility so far with the Redskins, "I've played a little bit of right tackle in OTA'S, (organized team activities) so i'm familiar with it. I played it in college as well. Right now I'm trying to focus on one position at a time."
Coach Gruden noted that there are some differences when playing right tackle and left tackle, "When you're moving him around from left side to right side, that's not easy for a tackle. That doesn't sound like much to us in here, but it's a totally different technique from time to time."
It has been somewhat of a homecoming for Moses as he played high school football at Meadowbrook, which is close to the Redskins training camp in Richmond. But possibly the biggest benefit for the rookie, will be learning from pro bowl left tackle Trent Williams.
Williams talked about Moses and his potential, "I try to give him everything I know, and he's like a sponge. He soaks it up. He's a fast learner. He doesn't ask for much help. He's a hard worker. He has all the tools in the tool box to become a great player in this league for a long time."
Moses said he's already learned a great deal from Williams, "...definitely when you're behind a guy like that, who has so much experience in the nfl and is a pro bowl guy. Being able to learn different tricks and techniques and different strategies is going real good for me. So just being able to learn from him and the tricks, and go out there and put my spin on it is allowing me to succeed."
Moses is still working mostly with the second team offense in training camp, but could push incumbent Tyler Polumbus for the job at right tackle.
The 29-year old Polumbus is entering the final year of his contract.
For now, Moses is still a rookie making the transition to the NFL.
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