Washington Redskins’ Santana Moss Still Has Shelf Life

By Greg Bradshaw

With the Washington Redskins’ recent movement towards younger wide receivers, it’s easy to understand giving veteran Redskins’ receiver Santana Moss a reduced offensive role. He’s thirty-three years old, and stands five foot ten. Considering the size and age for the current prototype NFL wide receiver, Moss would be considered too old and too short for the position.

However, receiver Pierre Garcon was ruled out once again for Washington’s Week Six game against the Minnesota Vikings. Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan has given the starting assignments to receivers Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson. Moss’ role has been reduced to coming in on third down passing situations.

It’s a role that Moss seems to thrive in. He has caught several passes that have resulted in first downs. He even caught a 77 yard touchdown pass in Washington’s Week Five loss to the Atlanta Falcons. When Moss first arrived in Washington before the start of the 2005 NFL season, he was a dynamic player that was a threat to score a touchdown every time he touched the ball. He was even a dangerous punt returner, not unlike Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Washington Redskins’ fans must be disappointed that Garcon’s career in Washington has gotten off to such an uninspiring start. Although Moss is not the deep threat he once was, he still has a knack for making clutch plays when the Redskins need them. A veteran presence like Moss, who is one of the few Redskins’ players with playoff experience, is pivotal for the development of quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Washington hopes Garcon will be able to come back and make sustained contributions for the offense. If he cannot, the Redskins have the confidence that Moss can continue to make significant contributions to the Washington offense.

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