WR Santana Moss, Free agent
HT: 5-9, WT: 185, Born: 6-1-1979, College: Miami, Drafted: Round 1, Pick 16
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Santana Moss should be nicknamed Lazarus because he keeps rising from the dead. At 35 years old Moss seemingly has to fight for a roster spot this year. The new coaches bear him no loyalty, and the additions of Andre Roberts and DeSean Jackson leave Moss fighting for the last active roster spot against much younger players that have compelling developmental upside.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - When the Redskins need first downs, there seems to be no pass-catcher Robert Griffin III trusts more than Santana Moss. Moss moved the chains four times for Washington, the final time being on third-and-two with a catch in an incredibly tight coverage window. Moss fell backward but dragged his feet to complete the catch for a first down. He was also the intended target on a Robert Griffin III interception; Moss ran a deep crossing route and Griffin heaved the ball into coverage, where it was easily picked off. While Moss is a quality slot receiver for a run-first team that has the full and complete trust of his quarterback, he remains a tertiary option in the Washington offense for now. Leonard Hankerson and Jordan Reed stood out more as contributors.
Week 2 - Moss was Robert Griffin III's rabbit's foot in the end zone in 2012, and Week Two against the Packers was more of the same. While Moss saw many more snaps than usual since Washington was forced to play catch-up, he made the most of them - including finding the end zone on a questionable touchdown with roughly eight minutes to play. Moss saw all of his work come out of the slot, running short and underneath routes for Griffin, operating as a third checkdown option for the ailing signal-caller. Redskins fans and fantasy owners should expect more of the same from Moss for the rest of 2013 - sure hands and crisp routes, but being a tertiary player in the offense at best.
Week 3 - A conservative air attack, coupled with the Redskins' new normal of playing from behind afforded another decent day at FedEx Field for the veteran Moss. He tallied nine targets, second to Pierre Garcon, and had no trouble working the soft spots in Detroit's zone coverage. Moss still has plenty left in the tank, evidenced by his ability to get off the line and find uncovered portions of the middle of the field and the flat. Averaging eleven yards per pass, Moss continued his magician-like ways of reeling in tight passes in tighter coverage and getting extra yards afterwards. Moss seems, so far, to lack the preternatural ability to find the end zone that he had last season, but then again, so has the rest of the Washington offense. Indeed, even if the Redskins mount something of a turnaround, it will be through the ground game, and Moss cannot provide much help in that department. As the score goes, so goes Santana Moss.
Week 8 - Moss caught two of his five targets, one of them a desperation dump-off from Robert Griffin III that Moss managed to turn into a first down. Griffin targeted Moss in the end zone in the second quarter, though the pass was errant.
Week 10 - Moss' involvement on the Redskins offense is greatly diminished from 2012, when Robert Griffin III trusted him much more on third downs and in the red zone. With Leonard Hankerson and Jordan Reed filling those roles now, Moss sees but a few targets each game, and sometimes none at all. On Washington's final play of the game - a last-ditch effort to tie the game in Minnesota - Robert Griffin III threw a fade pass to Moss in the back left corner of the end zone. Despite a Vikings' defensive back's hands in his face, Moss caught Griffin's pass, but failed to get two feet down in the end zone to complete the catch for the touchdown.
Week 12 - Moss caught a key third-and-nine pass from Robert Griffin III for an eighteen-yard gain that sustained a drive to set up a Kai Forbath field goal. Like the rest of the Redskins offense, he had an otherwise putrid night, but still saw more snaps that usual out of the slot with Jordan Reed on the shelf.
Week 13 - The Redskins used Moss as a pitch back when they ran option plays against the Giants. He was not involved much in the passing game - only one target - and returned punts against the Giants.
Week 14 - Moss earned a few looks as Robert Griffin III's checkdown receiver, but little else. He was not involved in option plays - the Redskins did not run the double or triple option against the Chiefs - like he was last week against the Giants.
Week 15 - In his thirteenth season, Moss had by far his best game of the season with Kirk Cousins under center. Targeted a whopping (for him) nine times - second only to Pierre Garcon's ten - Moss looked able and spry out of the slot. He ran a three-yard out route into the Atlanta end zone to catch his first touchdown since Week Two to bring the Redskins within one point of Atlanta with less than a minute to go. Moss appeared rejuvenated with Cousins under center, though perhaps it was Cousins' tendency to read Moss as the checkdown option and fire away. Moss did lose two fumbles against the Falcons, though Atlanta only generated three points from the two turnovers. Left for dead with Robert Griffin III leading the Redskins, Moss looked the part of a serviceable slot receiver on the road in Atlanta.