Morgan Moses used his a portion of his rehab from a Lisfranc injury to get a better grasp of the offense. So far, he's feeling a difference in training camp.
Late into his rookie year, offensive lineman Morgan Moses suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury during practice that head coach Jay Gruden described as "just a fluke thing."
It one way, it was a blow to his development as the coaches were looking to get a good look out of him during the final stretch.
But without being able to do much physically during his first few months of rehab, the University of Virginia product spent a significant amount of time immersing himself into the offense, learning certain systematical necessities for both tackle positions.
"The biggest thing was just picking up the metal aspect," he said. "I couldn't do too much with the injury that I had, but there was a couple of things in mind that I wanted to work on as in learning schemes of defense and just learning the plays."
During offseason work, Moses was eased back into the fold and said it allowed him to see how everything clicks.
"[I was] able to sit behind the plays and look and watch those guys perform and work at it every day," Moses said. "That way when I came back I would be mentally prepared and all I would have to do is worry about the physical aspect."
Moses was cleared before the starting of training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va., and said that in the span of just eight days so far, he's feeling the difference of having a year of pro work under his belt.
This week, he saw himself bumped up to the No. 1 right tackle spot, working alongside rookie Brandon Scherff, who was moved from right tackle to right guard.
"You've seen all the curve balls you know last year, so you know what to expect," he said. "So for me right now it's just to come out here and compete. I worked my tail off in the offseason getting back, and now that I'm healthy it's just time to settle down and play ball."
A behind-the-scenes look from the July 29, 2014, Richmond Flying Squirrels game in which Redskins rookie offensive tackle Morgan Moses threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Moses said his development has and will continue to be aided by the talented defensive players across from him -- both on his own team and on the Houston Texans, who are in town Aug 6-8 for joint training camp practices.
"It's great man. It's the competition across the board," he said. "We just signed Junior Gallette who is a heck of a pass rusher. To be able to go against guys like that, Ryan Kerrigan, every day and being able to have the joint practices with the Texans as well because you know they have a couple of good pass rushers over there. So just being able to get that competition before we hit these games is very important."
As the team moves closer to the regular season, head coach Jay Gruden says he likes the direction in which Moses is headed.
"I think he's got a lot of upside obviously, and we felt that – that's why we drafted him last year," Gruden said. "He's coming along at a good clip and as long as he just keeps studying and keeps working, he's going to be in good shape."