Washington Redskins Training Camp Profile: Santana Moss
Santana Moss will be entering his ninth season with the Washington Redskins in 2013, and his 13th season overall in the NFL. The veteran wide receiver’s role with the Redskins has changed over the past couple of years, but that doesn’t mean he’s still not a valuable asset to the team. He was targeted less than ever before in 2012, and even though he recorded his second lowest receiving yards total since 2002 (573), he still managed to find the end zone eight times.
Moss figures to continue his diminished role with the Redskins in 2013, but he’ll still be an important part of the offense. He’s going to continue working out of the slot, and use his speed to create matchup problems for the defense, just like he’s done his entire career.
The veteran receiver restructured his contract this past spring, which saved the franchise $2 million in cap room. At age 34 and going into the final year of his deal, this could very well be Moss’ last season in Washington, or all together. In interviews he doesn’t sound like a guy who’s anywhere near ready to hang it up, and he actually says he stays motivated by all the youngsters on the team.
“When you see yourself competing against guys who are coming out of college and are 10-11 years younger than you, it gives you more motivation to keep going out there and do what you do.”
All signs indicate that Moss is fully healthy and ready to go for training camp. He’s still going to be a solid weapon for Robert Griffin III, and I expect him to put up numbers similar to last season (500+ yards, 6-7 touchdowns). If the veteran WR has plans to keep playing in 2014 and beyond, he’ll have to be willing to take a serious pay cut, because there’s just no way he’ll get a $5 million/year deal like he got back a few years back. For now, the Redskins should be glad to still have him on the roster.
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