This isn’t how it was supposed to work out. Washington Redskins’ wide receiver Santana Moss was supposed to have a reduced role in the Redskins’ offense. Newly acquired wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Joshua Morgan were brought to Washington to become the team’s starting wide receivers, as well as quarterback Robert Griffin III’s main targets. In addition, second year receiver Leonard Hankerson was expected to play an expanded role.
That led to Moss being the odd man out. The NFL is trending towards younger, bigger, and faster wide receivers. Garcon, Morgan, and Hankerson fit that criterion in one way or another. At five foot ten, as well as being thirty three years old, Moss is on the other side of the NFL prototype wide receiver spectrum. That would leave him fourth on the depth chart, ahead of the unheralded Dezmon Briscoe.
Oh, how things change. Garcon has seen limited action since he injured his foot Week One. Morgan and Hankerson are tied for second in receptions, trailing injured tight end Fred Davis. However, Morgan and Hankerson have only one touchdown catch between them. And Briscoe’s brief time on the field has been filled with dropped passes. That’s not the type of production the Redskins envisioned from their young wide receivers.
Lost in the wide receiver carousel are Moss’ contributions. He is also tied with Morgan and Hankerson in receptions with 23. But Moss also leads Washington with 15 receptions that have resulted in first downs. He also leads the team with five touchdown receptions. He has become Griffin III’s most consistent receiver, despite losing a fumble Week Seven against the New York Giants, thwarting Washington’s comeback bid in that game.
Garcon should be able to return to the field after Week Ten, which is the Redskins’ bye week. It will be interesting to see what Moss’ role will be when Garcon returns. The Redskins’ passing game has been rather pedestrian in Garcon’s absence. Washington hopes Moss can continue his solid play when necessary to keep the Redskins competitive in the coming weeks.