Morgan Moses knew what he had to do shortly after arriving in Washington. And the point was driven home whenever he faced the veterans.
The 6-foot-8 Moses needs to play smaller. Or, at least, lower.
“It’s very hard,” Moses said. “The one thing that I opened my eyes to is that a lot of things I got away with in college because I was so much stronger and bigger than everybody, you’re not going to get away with here. So being able to work on those techniques and staying low every day, working three times harder at your craft is something that will allow me to get better.”
Moses was projected by some as a potential first-round pick. But his college tape showed enough flaws in his game that he lasted until the Redskins selected him in the third round. One of those issues: staying low. Moses too often would bend at the waist. His long arms bailed him out of trouble, but if he had to move his feet to recover it was difficult. That was evident throughout the spring, though he cut down the number of times this occurred.
“His length saved him in college,” Redskins offensive line coach Chris Foerster said. “He relied on his long arms and being high didn’t matter as much. Now he’s playing guys who have just as much or more athleticism, just as much strength and speed so he has to be exact in his technique. Morgan’s not alone in that.”
Moses said he tried to focus staying low in everything he did, whether it was while working in the weight room or during individual drills.
During minicamp, Moses said, “I find myself getting lower. It might not be extremely low, but if I can work a notch down than I was yesterday I’m getting better.”
These lessons will continue when training camp opens next month in Richmond. If Moses wants to someday supplant Tyler Polumbus at right tackle, he’ll have to keep improving. The 6-foot-8 Polumbus has had to undergo the same transition.
But if Moses keeps bending at the waist he’ll keep getting in trouble.
“When you bend at the waist, your feet don’t move as well. So in trying to get lower sometimes they don’t bend, they lean,” Foerster said, “and when they lean the feet don’t move. When your weight is out too far over your knees, it’s physics. Your feet don’t move as well.”
The key for Moses will be limiting how often that happens. If he can, he has a chance to become a quality starter someday.