After lining up on the left side of the Redskins’ offensive line in the first two exhibition games, rookie offensive linemen Morgan Moses and Spencer Long will move to the right side for the final two weeks of the preseason, Coach Jay Gruden said Thursday.
Moses, a tackle, and Long, a guard, were selected in the third round of May’s draft.
“Both of them have played on the left side pretty well,” Gruden said. “I’ve been very impressed with their first two outings in game situations. We’ll see how they do against a very good Baltimore defense and then down in Tampa.”
Both are viewed as eventual starters and it’s even possible they’ll get a few reps with the starters against the Ravens. But Gruden also made it clear that both still have much to learn before they are ready for full-time first team duties.
“I think he’s got enough athleticism to be a very, very good tackle in this league for a long time,” Gruden said of Moses, who led the team in snaps against the Patriots and Browns. “It’s just a matter of him getting comfortable.”
Gruden added: “He really hasn’t gotten beat in the preseason games yet. He’s doing a good job out here in practice, but it’s just a matter of getting comfortable with his pass sets and being consistent with his approach on play-to-play. Not doing great for three plays and then having, ‘Oh, I didn’t know what to do on that one.’ Those are the ones we have to eliminate, and the beauty of it is [that] he doesn’t have to come in right away and start every game. He can learn and then when his time is ready, hopefully he’ll be ready to roll.”
Moses said he’s excited to switch to the side where he figures to eventually find his permanent home.
“I haven’t played [right tackle] since OTAs, but it’s football,” Moses said. “In OTAs, I didn’t really know the playbook so I had a lot going through my head. But now that I know the playbook, all I really have to do is work on technique and making the little just adjustments.”
Like Moses, Long also saw a lot of playing time in the first two exhibition contests, lining up for 62-percent of the offensive plays against the Pats and 45-percent against the Browns.
“He’s still learning the angles in the running game and who to get up to [in the second level],” Gruden said of Long. “In the passing game, there’s the blitz pick-ups and all that. He’s doing a good job for it being his first year.”