Perhaps we should pump the brakes on Morgan Moses being the starting right tackle for the season opener on Sept. 7.
Many thought that the Redskins would grab the Virginia graduate with the 34th overall pick in the draft, the team’s first, and plug him in to replace Tyler Polumbus. Even when they passed over him in the second round and grabbed him in the third with the 66th pick of the draft, many thought he was ticketed for an immediate starting job.
However, Jay Gruden does not seem to be quite as bullish on Moses as others, at least not in the short term.
“He’s got a ways to go,” said Gruden when asked about Morgan during the weekend rookie minicamp. “He’s a right tackle. He’s moving over to right tackle and we’re introducing him to the outside zone the way we want it, the protections the way we want it and it’s going to take him some time, but we’re happy with his progress. He’s got a major, major upside with his size.”
That last part about “upside” is a double-edged sword. That means that Moses can be a very, very good player. It also means that he’s not there yet.
Contrast this with Gruden’s comment that fifth-round receiver Ryan Grant was playing “like a 10-year veteran”. It looks like the new coach is figuring out which players respond to praise and which ones need a little kick to get motivated. Grant may fit into the former category, Moses into the latter.