It has been a frustrating season in Washington as a new offensive system has been implemented and an aging star quarterback has been benched. However, quietly out of the shadows wide receiver Santana Moss is had himself a fine year.
Capping off the 2010 season, Moss had a career high 93 receptions for 1,115 yards and 6 touchdowns. 2010 is the 2nd most productive year in Santana Moss’ career. His signature season was also his first in Washington. In 2005 Moss accumulated 1,483 yards and 9 touchdowns on 84 receptions.
Santana quickly made a name for himself in just his second game as a Washington Redskin by hauling in two late long bombs shocking rival Dallas 14-13 before a national audience on Monday night. For many, this moment ranks #1 in Redskins history over the past decade.
The Redskins went on to sweep the Bill Parcells led Dallas Cowboys, and defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the post season before falling to Seattle.
Moss has been arguably the Redskins most consistent and talented offensive player since he was acquired before the 2005 season via trade with the New York Jets. Despite his small stature in an era of tall impending receivers, Moss has been the Redskins go to #1 receiver since his arrival.
In an era marked by bad trades and even worse drafts, Moss has been a fresh reminder of pride and dedication. He’s had to learn three different offenses during his tenure all the while continually being perceived by opponents as Washington’s best offensive weapon.
This year Moss has been used more in a possession type receiving role more so than previous years.
I imagine it is difficult for Moss to accept all his success this season while the Redskins finished with only six wins. He did have a few low moments including a key drop that could have potentially set up a go ahead score against Dallas. In the seasons final game against the Giants, Moss had a key fumble deep in Giants territory, hurting their chances for a comeback win.
There is no doubt that the past decade has been a tumultuous one for the Redskins at best. Throughout however, Santana Moss has persevered through the worst of times and come out on top with dignity and the respect of fans, teammates, and opponents alike.
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