Redskins OT Morgan Moses playing with chip on his shoulder

Redskins OT Morgan Moses playing with chip on his shoulder
May 14, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Virginia Cavaliers offensive tackle Morgan Moses (78) during the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh defeated Virginia 14-3.

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Redskins offensive tackle Morgan Moses says his unexpected slide on draft day has put a chip on his shoulder as he begins his NFL career.

“I have no idea,” Moses said on 106.7 The Fan when asked by he dropped from a potential top-50 pick to the third round. “I weighed in at [the combine and Virginia’s pro day] at a lighter weight than I played at [to] show those guys that I was dedicated and committed to keeping the weight off. And we’re talking about a guy who has over 43 career starts, as well.”

“I felt like did the right things,” he added. “It just happened that I fell to the third round, and now I have a chip on my shoulder. I got to prove myself.”

Moses, a native of Richmond who stands 6 foot 6 and weighs 314 pounds, was drafted as a right tackle and is expected to eventually push incumbent Tyler Polumbus for playing time. If that doesn’t happen right away, it’s possible Moses, who played both right and left tackle for the Cavaliers, could serve as the backup on both sides as a rookie. That job was held last season by Tom Compton, who has played 10 snaps on offense since being drafted in the sixth round in 2012.

“Being able to have a tackle that can play left and right is great for a team because you never know what can happen,” Moses said. “You always have to have that next man up mentality. Being able to play across the board, like I can, just brings that much extra to the offensive line.”

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Moses’ size, athleticism, position flexibility and experience playing in both a zone and power scheme should help him get on the field sooner rather than later. But he also understands that he’s far from a finished product.

“I don’t think it’s just one thing that I need to work on,” he added. “I need to work on my overall game. Polishing technique. That’s what the NFL is all about. Everybody is athletic."