Santana Moss is coming off his worst season since 2000, catching 46 passes for 584 yards and 4 touchdowns in 12 games and, on top of that, he just turned 33, which is around the age when wide receivers see their abilities fall off a cliff. This led some to speculation that the Redskins, after bringing in Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, would be cutting Moss and his 2.65 million dollar salary.
They may have had plans to potentially do that for a while, but after the Redskins cut Jabar Gaffney, their leading receiving last year, there opened up a spot for Moss to stay on the roster and he has done nothing but impress since in offseason practices. The receiver has lost 15 pounds in order to “streamline” his body and today Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Moss has been “possessed” this offseason.
Earlier this week, Shanahan called Moss one of the league’s “premier slot receivers” and there’s even been some speculation that Moss could start opposite Pierre Garcon, and move into the slot in 3 wide receiver sets, as he’s done for years. Moss will compete with offseason acquisition Josh Morgan and 2011 3rd round pick Leonard Hankerson for the starting job in Training Camp opposite Pierre Garcon. At the very least, it looks like Moss will be their slot receiver and be 3rd on the depth chart.